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Dragon Age 4 setting revealed in BioWare art book

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 25 January 2021 19:32 GMT It looks like Dragon Age 4 will be taking BioWare’s esteemed RPG series to Tevinter, a location in the world of Thedas the studio has never explored.A few key details about BioWare’s upcoming sequel have been revealed in BioWare: Stores and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development, a new art book that takes readers on a tour of BioWare’s colorful history.Eurogamer managed to get its hands on the book, and clocked one key Dragon Age entry within its pages that confirms “the long-awaited follow-up to Dragon Age: Inquisition […] will…

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Fox News controversy impacted Mass Effect 2’s non-straight relationships

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 22 January 2021 19:26 GMT Tweaks were made to stop the game’s audience facing further criticism, apparently.Mass Effect 2‘s Jack was originally intended to be pansexual, but BioWare cut down non-straight romances over concerns of negative media coverage.Speaking to The Gamer, Mass Effect 2 writer Brian Kindregan said that the decision to only allow Jack to be romanceable if users were playing as a male Commander Shephard occurred later in development. This came in the wake of a Fox News report in 2007 debating the depiction of sex in the sci-fi RPG.That Jack was initially intended…

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BioWare share artwork from the cancelled Jade Empire 2

A long, long time ago in video game years, before BioWare were known primarily as the Dragon Age and Mass Effect studio, they were working on a sequel to their action RPG Jade Empire. After multiple internal reboots from Jade Empire 2 to Jade Empire Modern, to spiritual successor Revolver, the project was eventually cancelled internally without ever being announced. BioWare art director Matt Rhodes has now pulled out some old artwork to share a look at what it could have been. (more…)

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition may be set to release in March

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 11 January 2021 18:50 GMT Bioware’s Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, a remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy, has appeared on retail sites with a specific release date.The Mass Effect Legendary Edition – which was already one of the worst kept secrets in gaming before its eventual reveal – may be hitting stores in March, as per a selection of retail listings uncovered by Twitter user IdleSloth84 and verified by sources at Eurogamer.Though neither EA nor BioWare have published an official Mass Effect: Legendary Edition release date (the best we have is ‘spring 2021’), retail listings from Singaporian retailer Shopitree and Indonesian retailer GSShop in Indonesia suggest…

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Bioware has shared some really cool Dragon Age 4 concept art

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 9 January 2021 13:56 GMT Bioware has shown off a bit of concept art for Dragon Age 4.Some concept art for Dragon Age 4 was posted to Twitter this week by Bioware’s executive producer Christian Dailey.It shows what appears to be a mage archer, wielding a really cool bow with a magical arrow.When it finally graces our PCs and consoles, we can expect the same sorts of activities and companions who will adventure with us through the world of Thedas. Just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope all are safe and well….

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Dragon Age 4 to reveal more at The Game Awards

Looks like we’re in store for some more Dragon Age 4, folks. BioWare have released some new short stories set in Thedas to celebrate Dragon Age Day and have also said that they’re planning a new Dragon Age-related reveal during The Game Awards on December 10th. (more…)

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We’ll see more of Dragon Age 4 at The Game Awards

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 4 December 2020 16:55 GMT BioWare has released four new short stories and pieces of artwork, too.Our next look of BioWare’s Dragon Age 4 will be at next week’s The Game Awards.That’s according to the developer, who revealed that we’ll be seeing more of the eagerly-anticipated fantasy RPG at the show, which is taking place on December 10.This comes alongside BioWare revealing four short stories, as well as accompanying pieces of art, that were written by the franchise’s narrative team. These will also apparently give an idea about what the future of the Dragon Age series…

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BioWare veterans Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah have left the studio

After a long and bumpy road, two companions have this week chosen to leave BioWare’s adventuring party. Casey Hudson, the project director for Mass Effect before becoming the studio’s general manager, has departed the company after 23 years along with Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah. Those are some big departures, but BioWare insists they’ll have no effect on the studio’s upcoming remasters and long-distant sequels. (more…)

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Dragon Age creative director sets up new development studio, Yellow Brick Games

Mike Laidlaw, best know as the creative director of the Dragon Age series, has revealed his new studio in Québec City called Yellow Brick Games.In a statement released by the new studio, Yellow Brick Games outlines the motive of the new development outfit, outlining a “back to basics” approach to game development that’ll be the core philosophy of the creative team.Apparently, the studio’s approach to development will very much be “centered on the pleasure of crafting new game experiences, in a flexible and more personable environment that an independent studio can provide,” (thanks, PC Gamer).That’s according to a statement from Yellow…

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Concept art for next Mass Effect game surfaces in new art book

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 20:49 GMT A look at the next Mass Effect has been shown off in some concept art pulled from the pages of a new art book.Called Bioware: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development, the book shows off concept art for the next Mass Effect game, which Bioware is currently working on.The images were posted to Tumblr by Felassan (thanks, Eurogamer) and are noted as being “a look at the next Mass Effect.”While the images aren’t of the best quality, you still get a decent look at the concept art.Along with concept…

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More artwork from the next Mass Effect has surfaced

Hello and welcome to the corner of the RPS Treehouse where we sit and chant, “Mass Effect! Mass Effect! Mass Effect!” to will news about BioWare’s sci-fi series into being. This week, our dark magic has summoned three (3!) new images of some lovely artwork for the next Mass Effect game, which the developers revealed they were working on during their N7 Day celebrations. Oooh but what can we decipher this time? Well, I already said it about the first teaser image, but I reckon these new ones even further suggest that Mass Effect 5 will be a sequel to…

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BioWare are making a new Mass Effect

Three years after Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to ignite a new sci-fi RPG saga, developers BioWare today announced they are working on “the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe.” Huh! Sure, everyone expected them to announce remasters of the original trilogy today (because chat about them has been leaking for months) but this was a surprise bonus. BioWare give no hints about the new Mass Effect’s plot, setting, or anything, simply saying they’re in the “early stages” of development. While I imagine it’s yonks away, I’m quite excited. (more…)

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition remasters Shephard’s stellar trilogy next year

Talk about the worst-kept secret in the galaxy. After months of rumbling and speculation, BioWare today announced the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, bringing all three (quiet, Andromeda) Mass Effect games into one remastered collection next year. While not full remakes, the Legendary collection spruces up Commander Shephard’s ageing space saga with better visuals, smoother performance, and all the extra DLC packed into the Normandy’s cargo bays. (more…)

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition coming in 2021, new Mass Effect game in the works

Bioware has announced the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which is a remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy. The studio also confirmed a new game in the series is in the works.The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is probably one of the worst kept secrets in gaming at the moment, but it’s nice to have confirmation.“For many months now, our team at BioWare has been hard at work updating the textures, shaders, models, effects, and technical features of three enormous games,” says the blog post. “Our goal was not to remake or reimagine the original games, but to modernize the experience so that…