Mass Effect 4 Development Shifted To BioWare Montreal, Using New Frostbite Engine

Mass Effect 3 effectively concluded Shepard's story in the Mass Effect universe, but you didn't think that was the end did you? We've known for a while now that BioWare intended to continue investing in the Mass Effect universe, but an interesting blog post over on the official site has provided a little more info on Mass Effect 4's development.

Firstly, it looks as though the lion's share of Mass Effect 4's development will take place in BioWare's new studio in Ubisoft Montreal.

"[T]he next Mass Effect game is already in development, driven by the team here in Montreal," writes Yanick, BioWare Montreal's studio director. "This is the goal we have been working toward for years now, and every member of our team is proud, excited, and humbled to take on the responsibility for the next game."

BioWare Montreal did a fair amount of development on Mass Effect 3, including working on multiplayer and a number of the single player missions. According to Yanick, this has helped prepare the team for the intimidating task of managing Mass Effect 4's development.

"To ensure a proper and effective transition, we’ll continue to be supported by the Edmonton studio through the game’s development, working with and learning from them on some critical initiatives," he said. "On top of that, Casey remains the Executive Producer, but he will have a Project Director under him, working in Montreal, leading our development team and making day-to-day decisions for the game. We all care very much about Mass Effect and make our decisions based on what’s best for the game."

But if Yanick Roy is to be believed, we don't have to worry too much about Mass Effect 4's direction. The latest version of Frostbite is being used in development, and it will remain true to previous games in the series.

"There is really not much I can tell you about the game right now, except that it will be built with the amazing technology of Frostbite as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age III team has already spent a lot of time building," he explained.

"The other thing I can tell you is that, while it will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts. You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling."

It sounds all well and good, but clearly BioWare's main studio in Edmonton is focusing its resources on another IP, which may be a little hard to take at first, particularly for fans of the series. It'll be interesting to see precisely what direction Mass Effect 4 takes.

Thanks VG247


    I know EA is trying to end its reliance on Epic and its Unreal engine... but I'm not the biggest fan of Frostbite-2.

      Because you have never seen it in full potential?

        I've seen it in a bunch of games...

        Its destructibility doesn't seem to get used that much... but I don't know if that's the engine or the developers.
        All the fabrics tend to look like denim.
        It's my understanding that it's a cast iron bastard to code for.

        Whilst it can do some beautiful stuff, I've rarely seen it used consistently...

          Well it is still quite a new engine that still lack utilization. The only game that used it so far is BF3 and MOH:W. Let them try with Mass Effect 4 :P. It might look awesome with the alien suits.

            Also used in Need for Speed: The Run.

          The more it gets used by EA's studios the easier it'll be to develop for though, because there will be more internal examples of how to do various types of gameplay etc.

    First I groaned at the idea of a fourth Mass Effect game... Then I saw the bit about Frostbite. Holy shit, if they pull it off it could be amazing.

    I reckon it could be a new better trilogy. The frostbite engine is great, the team is great so who knows? Plus ME3 wasn't as good as one and two so a shake up could be good.

    Please be a LA Noire type game prequel based on Garrus....

      A game were you can play as the bad ass Garrus? Sign me up please!

      Please don't

      A prequel in Mass Effect would be far too straightforward as there would be no choices what so ever, It'd be another generic TPS

        Maybe Garrus life when Shepard wasn't around. Play as an assassin, hitman, spy during the down time between game 1 and 2? If it is not related to the main plot then we can do whatever for story.

        More looking for a spinoff - not something wound up in choices. I just really like the universe and there's definitely a story there.

    I wouldn't call 3 games pumped out over the course of one console generation "heritage"

    So the mass effect team wont be making mass effect? Is that what just happened?

    Since it's no longer Shepard's story, I'm actually a little pleased they're handing it over to a different team. Considering these guys did the multiplayer, we can probably expect a even more fleshed out multiplayer mode (not that I care). More interestingly is going to be story and game play design. I'm really hoping they move away from the whole "mission" based feel the last two started using and back to a more organic feel like the first. At worst we just get another FPS with minor RPG elements....

    Enough of the vast live for a thousand years for there to be no shep but some overlap please no prequel.... And no blasto

    I can see why people would be raging...Bioware" just doesnt seem to be "Bioware" anymore (and they worked on the multiplayer......great)

    however I'm not really bothered...I dont have strong feelings eatherway because all I cared about was what happned to shepard...and that mess is said and done, mabye I could hope for this game being good and some hint in regards to shepard, of coarse my optimism has been ripped out of me by the cynical hate machine of the internet

    in BioWares new studio in Ubisoft Montreal....wait..WHAT?!

    Casey Hudson is still involved? big con right there

    I believe frostbite is beautiful but by the grace of god don't name the game "Mass Effect 4". Give it a subtitle or a new name in general.

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