“What do you want first? The good news or the bad news?” You hear that all the time when someone’s about to drop a bombshell announcement that could break your spirits. BioWare had that type of day, today. So…we will start with the good news, because I love to bring your hopes up…before, ultimately, crushing everything in one fail swoop.
BioWare has hinted that there’s a new game in the works, as well as announcing their new single player DLC!
BioWare Edmonton/Montreal’s GM Aayrn Flynn said THIS in an interview with IGN:
“Executive Producer Casey Hudson and his team are coming off an amazing eight-year run with the Mass Effect trilogy. But they’re not done yet,” Flynn wrote. “We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall. But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey and our teams have plans for another full game. ‘Where to go next?’ with such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we’d all love to hear your ideas.”
In recent talks with BioWare execs, they have mentioned that if they DO get a new video game, all together, Commander Shepard will not be in it.
ALSO, I hope you are all loving the Leviathan DLC that came out a few weeks ago because (as Flynn mentioned) they’re not done with Mass Effect just yet. PLUS the location of the new single player DLC will be…THAT SCUMMY HELLHOLE, OMEGA (I meant that in a good way)!
If you played Mass Effect 2, you would meet Aria who, while in the club, says “I AM OMEGA!” In Mass Effect 3, you meet up with her in the Citadel and Omega has been taken over by, DUN DUN DUUUUUN, Cerberus. So, it’s going to be weird to see if we get to team up with Aria, Blue Suns and Blood Pack (since Aria owns control of all three of the mercs) in the multiplayer aspect, or single player.
Now that you’ve taken the good…it’s time to take the bad.
Well, when they do create new DLCs and, hopefully, a brand new game, they are going to have to do it with new owners.
BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk both have announced their retirements from the company.
Here’s an excerpt from the doctors’ farewell messages:
Dr. Greg Zeschuk:
“After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new. This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation. For the people I have had the privilege of working with, however, my passion burns as brightly as it did the day we started. The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we’ve collectively faced over the years worthwhile. We have been blessed with tremendous success over the years at BioWare, and the reason is simply down to a large number of great people doing great work. Successful people or companies have to admit luck also plays a part in their success, and it certainly did for us; a few times over the years we made the right game at the right time and success flowed as a result. When we got it right, it was like a hole in one or a home run; it was a magical feeling and incomparable in positive impact for everyone involved.”
Dr. Ray Muzyka:
“The decision to leave the videogame industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realized that the world of video games was my next career ‘chapter’. Two wonderful decades working at BioWare and later EA was the result of that decision. It’s not often that you can truly say you were able to pursue and achieve your dream job; I know how lucky I am to be able to say that now, in my early 40s.”
For more of what they said, click on the “Bad News” link below.
What’s next for BioWare? Will it just get sucked up to EA? What do you think? Leave it in the comments below!
(Good News: IGN / Bad News: G4.TV)