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#7771 MSUHitman

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 04:32 AM

Offscreen Omega gameplay (not today's livestream, I haven't found a YouTube link for that yet)


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

Interesting. I'm tweeting with a couple of the bioware guys and one of then is working on new dlc, post Omega. I assume its MP, since he's the level designer for the MP maps. Its interesting because I don't think there is any rumored content left after Omega. I had hoped more MP stuff was coming after the huge Retaliation dlc. Looks like it will be. Nice!
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:32 PM

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Wow, very cool. Can't wait for 11/27.

Interesting observation that the majority of BioWare devs play as female Shepard. :)

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:39 PM

Its interesting because I don't think there is any rumored content left after Omega.


I thought I remembered hearing about unused Citadel files popping up. That was about the last lead I recall though.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:41 PM

I thought I remembered hearing about unused Citadel files popping up. That was about the last lead I recall though.


Yeah I remember reading that there was code in the Leviathan files that indicated that the next story DLC after Omega would take place on the Citadel. I don't remember anything more specific than that though.

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#7776 chubbyninja1319

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:35 PM

Well, Mike Gamble clarified, it IS single player dlc. :whee:
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 02:40 AM

Well damn that's, ... well that guy is known to tease too.

Ok anyone else playing Halo 4 right now, lol I know right, but yeah I got a big Sovereign/Harbinger vibe playing through that campaign. Loved it.

Also the space CGI battles, mouth watering. ^^

Oh and I thought "Vedette Lim" was Jennifer Hale (looked it up on IMDB), thinking this Spartan chick who was telling me orders was Femshep. 8-)

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#7778 Ryuukishi

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:14 PM

Next Mass Effect powered by the Frostbite 2 engine

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BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy has shared some information on the next Mass Effect game which he says "will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games" and built with the Frostbite 2 engine used for Battlefield 3.

Roy continues: "... 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."

The studio worked on cinematics, N7 missions, and much of the downloadable content for Mass Effect 2, in addition to handling multiplayer and the upcoming Omega add-on for Mass Effect 3, among other things. BioWare Montreal will be supported by the team in Edmonton "through the game's development," according to Roy.


Makes it sound like the next ME game is well into pre-production.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

Since I think we're all in some sense of agreement that something post-ME3 would be an issue with the multiple possible endings out of ME3 and having one be the history to this new title would have Bioware picking one as "canon".

I hope First Contact War is the setting for this new title, as it seems like the likely option. That, or the Rachni Wars.

Unless they want to do some sort of aside going on in the ME1-ME2-ME3 timeframe somewhere else in the galaxy.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

Next Mass Effect powered by the Frostbite 2 engine



Makes it sound like the next ME game is well into pre-production.


My thoughts: Dragon Age 3 next fall (launch title for new Xbox or PS?) followed approximately a year later by this new Mass Effect title. Personally I think the new engine is a sign of them switching gears to next gen (and frostbite is an EA product, completing the transition).

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

That's what I was wondering about too, what if anything the engine choice reveals about whether ME4 will be a current or next gen game. Or both-- I don't think we can rule out a situation where a scaled-down version comes out for Xbox 360 and PS3.

If Dragon Age III and/or Mass Effect 4 is a launch title for next gen, it'll completely tank my plan to not be an early adopter next gen. :/

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Since I think we're all in some sense of agreement that something post-ME3 would be an issue with the multiple possible endings out of ME3 and having one be the history to this new title would have Bioware picking one as "canon".

I hope First Contact War is the setting for this new title, as it seems like the likely option. That, or the Rachni Wars.

Unless they want to do some sort of aside going on in the ME1-ME2-ME3 timeframe somewhere else in the galaxy.



Though I'm certain I'll end up playing whatever they put out, I would happily throw my money at a Krogan-centric Rachni Wars title. HAPPILY.

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#7783 Ryuukishi

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:00 PM

I'll play whatever they release but I kind of hope it's not a prequel with a First Contact War scenario. That just seems obvious and anticlimactic. I hope they either find a creative way to advance the timeline forward while still making it feel like Mass Effect, or set it concurrent to the main trilogy but tell a story that no one is expecting.

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#7784 Anexanhume

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:01 PM

That's what I was wondering about too, what if anything the engine choice reveals about whether ME4 will be a current or next gen game. Or both-- I don't think we can rule out a situation where a scaled-down version comes out for Xbox 360 and PS3.

If Dragon Age III and/or Mass Effect 4 is a launch title for next gen, it'll completely tank my plan to not be an early adopter next gen. :/


Agreed. I'll be in line for one for sure.

And yes, I bet it gets released on both platforms. Remember all that babble about "forwards compatibility" for the next xbox? I'm betting MS is providing the developers tools that makes it easy to compile their nextBox game for the 360 so they are less scared to dip their toes into next gen development.

As for storyline, they kind of shot themselves in the foot in how and how much backstory they gave on the reapers. They could have given it a cliffhanger man-pulling-the-strings ending that left more to do. Kind of what they did with Halo.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

My thoughts: Dragon Age 3 next fall (launch title for new Xbox or PS?) followed approximately a year later by this new Mass Effect title. Personally I think the new engine is a sign of them switching gears to next gen (and frostbite is an EA product, completing the transition).

I don't think that DA3 would be a launch title of the Xbox Next, though I could see ME "4" being a Xbox Next title. Not sure if they'd do a split release with 360/PS3 on one side and Xbox Next/PS4/Wii U on the other side.

Most likely if they're doing a new engine, it seems likely that they'll either enhance FB2 into FB2.5 like Epic did with UE3 over the years or just do it completely new. If it's new from the ground up, then it may be a next-next-gen title.

That's what I was wondering about too, what if anything the engine choice reveals about whether ME4 will be a current or next gen game. Or both-- I don't think we can rule out a situation where a scaled-down version comes out for Xbox 360 and PS3.

If Dragon Age III and/or Mass Effect 4 is a launch title for next gen, it'll completely tank my plan to not be an early adopter next gen. :/

I think DA3 will be a PS3/360 title, though it might end up with a Wii U version if EA has their say in things.

I would think that if they really want to do something new and fresh with this ME "4" title, it'll depend on what happens with the new FB engine.

Though I'm certain I'll end up playing whatever they put out, I would happily throw my money at a Krogan-centric Rachni Wars title. HAPPILY.

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First Contact War or Rachni Wars seem like the next likely timeframe to center on because people that have done ME1-3 know those timeframes and what they entail.

They could really confuse us and set something during the Prothean Empire timeframe.

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I'll play whatever they release but I kind of hope it's not a prequel with a First Contact War scenario. That just seems obvious and anticlimactic. I hope they either find a creative way to advance the timeline forward while still making it feel like Mass Effect, or set it concurrent to the main trilogy but tell a story that no one is expecting.

It may be obvious, though it's a timeframe we all can identify with. Might be a sign of a cash-grab title rather than something new and fresh.

Call of Mass Effect 4 confirmed?

Agreed. I'll be in line for one for sure.

And yes, I bet it gets released on both platforms. Remember all that babble about "forwards compatibility" for the next xbox? I'm betting MS is providing the developers tools that makes it easy to compile their nextBox game for the 360 so they are less scared to dip their toes into next gen development.

As for storyline, they kind of shot themselves in the foot in how and how much backstory they gave on the reapers. They could have given it a cliffhanger man-pulling-the-strings ending that left more to do. Kind of what they did with Halo.

They've done enough retcon work with some of what ME3 did, what's a little more?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

Not that this really determines anything but AFAIK Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is the only third person shooter so far that's been developed on Frostbite 2.


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:04 AM

I'd still like to see a game centered around the Salarian STG in a similar (but more polished and improved) style to Republic Commando. It would be really fun to interact with Kirrahe, Mordin, Padok, Jondam Bau, and all the other Salarians we meet and at the same time provides an easy way to cross paths with other ME characters such as Garrus, Wrex, Anderson, Saren, TIM, etc. Could be set pre-ME1 (maybe even go back to see how the original genophage happened or find out the Salarians have a past with the humans/geth/quarians). I'd certainly be interested.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:10 AM

I have faith that Bioware can find a way to advance the story without having to do First Contact or Rachni wars, although I would not mind playing either of those stories. However, I think that humans will always have a place in the ME universe, so that would rule out the Rachni story.

I can envision the First Contact/Rachni war stories delivered via some other medium or handheld tie-in pre-release of ME4, which I am betting is a next-gen title. Regardless of the story or console it launches on, I'll be there.


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:15 AM

Though I'm certain I'll end up playing whatever they put out, I would happily throw my money at a Krogan-centric Rachni Wars title. HAPPILY.

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Very happy the ME franchise is continuing. I realize EA doesn't leave money on the table, but regardless it's good to have confirmation.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:15 AM

They def teased space battles like you know actually ordering ships around with the CIC (similar to End War's holographic intro) would be cool and I was actually expecting that in ME3. A little bit of RTS would kick some ass esp in the First Contact Wars or a future war we participate in. Yeah and on the ground, after you took out the remaining ships and planet defenses, 4 player squad based awesomeness with objectives. So basically I'm saying close up 3rd person version of Empire at War. Of course we'll keep the rpg, story and exploration of the ME formula intact though.

With the news of the FrostBite 2 Engine I want destructable environments and possibly integrate that into level design, (Renegade has another option of entering that building). ;)
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:32 AM

I'll play whatever they release but I kind of hope it's not a prequel with a First Contact War scenario. That just seems obvious and anticlimactic.

It's obvious and anticlimactic only if they're lazy and unimaginative about it. You can set a game in the First Contact War or whatever the Fuck without it being about the First Contact War.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:35 AM

A) I'll be first in line for whatever they make. Regardless.
B) I hope they do three things:
1. Make ME4 a sequel and move the universe forward in the timeline with a human lead, make it a next-gen, mega-huge, big budget sci fi powerhouse.
2. Before that, I hope they make or do something with MP to bridge the story and wet our appetites
3. Start a side-series that puts the alien species in lead roles and takes us to known events/times in the universe, like the first contact war or rachni wars. These can be "one-off's" and smaller affairs. Maybe even downloadable.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:16 AM

Lol thought I'd share with you guys a few PC players who picked up Call of Duty: Black Ops II got a disc 2 of ME2 so Bioware put out there that they'd give them the PC code for the Mass Effect Trilogy with the first 50 people submitting their pic of them along next to the wrongly manufactured disc. Good Guy Bioware

"Rumor has it that about a thousand customers who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II for PC today were also treated to a surprise copy of Mass Effect 2. If you were one of the affected, chances are you thought it was a mistake, but we prefer to think that it was an omen, and when the universe talks, you should listen.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:39 PM

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:55 AM

A) I'll be first in line for whatever they make. Regardless.
B) I hope they do three things:
1. Make ME4 a sequel and move the universe forward in the timeline with a human lead, make it a next-gen, mega-huge, big budget sci fi powerhouse.
2. Before that, I hope they make or do something with MP to bridge the story and wet our appetites
3. Start a side-series that puts the alien species in lead roles and takes us to known events/times in the universe, like the first contact war or rachni wars. These can be "one-off's" and smaller affairs. Maybe even downloadable.

That sounds pretty good to me, I definitely want them to move things forward and not do some kind of prequel or alternative viewpoint during the same timeline as the main game.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:39 AM

That sounds pretty good to me, I definitely want them to move things forward and not do some kind of prequel or alternative viewpoint during the same timeline as the main game.


Yeah, that's just the easy way to do it. Usually when the dev's go that route, people loose interest. Look at ODST or Reach for Halo (good games, they just lost that "wow" factor) or even Gears Judgement doesn't seem all that interesting. I don't know. I'd love as much content as possible, but the series needs to move forward if it's going to stay relevant.

And how about that Mordin bust at biowarestore.com? Pretty sweet and a fair price, especially for early orders at $40. Tempting.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:23 PM

Yeah, that's just the easy way to do it. Usually when the dev's go that route, people loose interest. Look at ODST or Reach for Halo (good games, they just lost that "wow" factor) or even Gears Judgement doesn't seem all that interesting. I don't know. I'd love as much content as possible, but the series needs to move forward if it's going to stay relevant.

And how about that Mordin bust at biowarestore.com? Pretty sweet and a fair price, especially for early orders at $40. Tempting.


Haha I saw that posted on Facebook and was like yup ChubbyNinja is totally getting that.

As for doing a prequel interesting, they could always do the Black Ops/Dragon Age route of retelling the story that happened set after all the mayhem, (or in the middle of it for that matter).
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

They have all been pretty easy under the new system. Earn X points using X. I appreciate leveling up my N7 weapons, but I do so miss allied goals. Helped with the sense of teamwork. Now everyone is just working toward building their own points.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

It would be nice to have some allied goals. I preferred them over what they are doing now.
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