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BioWare Teases Next Mass Effect to Celebrate "N7 Day"
Written Thursday, November 07, 2013 By Dan Webb
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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the release of Mass Effect, BioWare have declared today "N7 Day." You know, November... 7th... N... 7... geddit? No? Me neither - I kid, of course I do, numb nuts.

Usually we wouldn't really batter an eyelid at such a self-gratifying day, but today brings news. News of the next Mass Effect - the game that we all know is being worked on, but has yet to be "officially" announced.

Okay, I say news, but I actually mean more of a tease. Not your usual tease though, this one actually has a little substance, coming in the form of 5 images from various members of the Mass Effect development team.

Yes, a number of designers and producers from the series took to Twitter to tease the future of the franchise. Originally, Producer Mike Gamble took to Twitter to post the first image, noting, "The next chapter of Mass Effect is upon us!!," before BioWare Montreal Studio Director, Yanick Roy, posted the second image with the caption, "…with new characters to fall in love with…"

Next up was Level Designer, Gary Stewart, posting the third image alongside the caption, "...new enemies to encounter…" before Gameplay Designer, Manveer Heir, finished the sentence with the caption, "...and new worlds to explore!" and the fourth image.

The fifth - and presumably the last, seeing as who posted it - image comes from Executive Producer and Mass Effect frontman, Casey Hudson, with the message, "We continue working hard to create amazing new Mass Effect experiences for you. Happy N7 Day everyone!"

Soak these up, folks, I get the feeling this will be all the Mass Effect we'll be getting for quite some time.




 
 

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Comment #1 by GingerBoy84
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 05:49:08 PM
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WHOOP WHOOP

 
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Comment #2 by Unholy_Reaper_85
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 05:51:55 PM
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SWEET !!! HAPPY N7 DAY EVERYONE :P !!!

 
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Comment #3 by Brianx88
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 05:52:53 PM
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I'm up for celebrating N7, for the 8 minutes it has left to go here in the UK. Even with it's messed up ending, it's still the best series to be born this generation.

 
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Comment #4 by OmniOmegaKillr
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 06:33:57 PM
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@3
I'm up for celebrating N7, for the 7 minutes

 
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Comment #5 by maiku1
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 06:34:44 PM
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I played through ME2 and 3 (Never owned an Xbox) and I don't see why people give the ending shit. Sometimes shit happens and no matter what you do, things don't exactly change. (Possible SPOILER alert!!!!!) Stop reading here if you haven't beaaten ME3 yet) Or was everyone hoping for a happy ending? Honestly gamers this generation are raging babies. Beat an old school game that doesn't have any sort of password or save function where a single hit kills your character and when you finally, actually reach the end, be greeted with "Congratulations! Game Over!"

Anyway, Happy N7 everyone!

 
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Comment #6 by AnienSane
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 06:34:46 PM
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I just got the Mass Effect Trilogy not too long ago for my birthday. Are they good? A new Mass Effect would go great with my Trilogy. Other than that..Happy N7 Day, everybody! Cheers!

 
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Comment #7 by HiryuMK
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 06:54:43 PM
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@5 The reason the fans were angry is because Bioware promised them that every decisions they make from ME1 to ME3, will affect the ending. Which in the end, wasn't true because we get the same 3 ending no matter what. And the rushed unispired endings didn't help.

Why put the effort to keep your crew alive if they don't even have a conclusion in the ending? Why keep the ME2 crew alive when they become useless in ME3 (not counting Garrus & Tali since they are ME1 crew)?

And then, there Tali's revealed look that was just lazy.

And they completely changed the story about the Dark Energy mentioned in ME2 because the ME3 story was leaked, so they completely scrapped the Dark Energy.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-06-19-ex-bioware-writer-discusses-dropped-ideas-for-mass-effect-trilogy-ending

 
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Comment #8 by RagingLegion
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 08:00:44 PM
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Hell yeah

 
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Comment #9 by ICPosse8
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:12:56 PM
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Always wondered what N7 meant lol good to know!!!

 
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Comment #10 by TheBallistikOne
Thursday, November 07, 2013 @ 10:19:20 PM
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I have a bad feeling about this..

As long as the setting takes place with another universe and has NOTHING to do with the events of the last three games, they can actually redeem themselves.

I'm not going to going to dwell too much into the third game, but it was terrible. In virtually every aspect... The first game wasn't that great either in terms of game play. Seriously, my system froze about thirty times when playing to get all of the trophies (not a trophy hunter anymore. There were glitches and the frame rate would significantly drop during combat.

Anyways, I'm interested for more details to come.

 
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Comment #11 by Mellenthin
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:08:54 AM
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Bad ending or not, ME3 is still one of the best games ever. I too wished for better closure however to trash the entire game for the ending is ridiculous.

 
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Comment #12 by banana
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 12:16:34 AM
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More PS4 trophies info guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AR5HuU6XLI

 
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Comment #13 by darktejada95
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 01:01:49 AM
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I'm planning on playing the trilogy for the first time soon. You know what would be a kick to the face? If the next Mass Effect is an XBOX One exclusive. That would be crayy

 
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Comment #14 by Cyphron
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 03:02:04 AM
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@5 so much this

@7 people who seriously dislike the ending of ME3 because of some nerdy story constraints really should relax. It's about entertainment and it lies in its nature that you dont always get what you expect. ME3 did not achieve the glorious excellence of ME2, but it was such a good game. Shame on all those do-or-dies. But anyway, good to see that a metascore of 93 is still given to ME3 after all.

All that hate and fuss about awesome games do them absolutely no right. Same with AC3 or Diablo 3. The consumer needs to understand that noone wants to hurt them.

I'm really looking forward to the next ME, hopefully on next-gen.

 
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Comment #15 by poetic_justice_
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 03:34:19 AM
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@5 "gamers this generation are a bunch of raging babies" - which generation are you referring to? I've been a gamer since the NES 8-bit, and I was disappointed with the ending of ME3. After everything you go through with your crew (and I'm talking about Mass Effect 1-3), only to end the game talking to an emotionless, "I-read-from-the-script-word-for-word-without-any-vocal-inflection" child voice actor was horrid. OK, let's see, green ending, blue ending, red ending. And that's a wrap.

Yeah, many gamers, myself included, were like, "What?! Come on!"

I don't think expecting more out of a company that set the bar so high and vocalizing frustration makes people "raging babies." That's a pretty judgmental statement.

 
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Comment #16 by HiryuMK
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 05:33:57 AM
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@14 Except AC3 was crap in everything, boring main character (Connor), even Kratos has more personality than him. boring era to experience, how they handled Desmond story pretty much shown us they just didn't care about present day anymore. First half of the game was a tutorial.

Diablo 3 is hated for the PC version which I assume you never touched. DRM meaning you can't play Single player without connected to internet. Good equipment rarely dropped to encourage players to buy them in the Auction House with real money. Destroying the whole point of a Loot based game.

 
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Comment #17 by thedarknessof66
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 05:42:33 AM
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@10 ... HAHA! lol... Your funny ;)

greatest series ever created, in order from best game to least favorite, 1) ME2, best. 2) ME3, close second. 3) ME1, biggest problem was it's age when I played it, let's face it, by the time most ps3 players got to play ME1 it was already 3-4 years old, it didn't age well.

The way I see it, ME1 is to the mass effect universe what AC1 is to the assassins creed universe, basically a sound proof of concept, an indicator of potential brilliance, but intimately lacking the polish we craved. But ME2 took it to the next level, GOTD nomination for sure. ME3 was an awesome game, I had no problems with it at all, it wasn't quite as good as ME2, the ending fine, but no where near as important as the whole adventure!!

Bring on next-gen Mass Effect!!

 
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Comment #18 by Cyphron
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 06:15:22 AM
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@16 I played the PC Version beginning day one. Sure, there were pretty nasty login problems due to the overwhelming numbers of players. Yeah .. who cares, that was a sign for the great success and i waited. Auction house was a mess, but i still managed to get my Barb into Inferno Act 3 in vanilla. Oh well yes and those who can not afford internet or are not able to get one due to location are a bit off, but where the hell do those guys live not be able to get a decent internet today.

The aggressive tone and the tongue those players used to dismiss Blizzard and its developers has just been disturbingly immature and dumb in its purest form. And even the connection issues, which have been pretty bad, do not justify such behavior. Damn if it doesnt work i go out and meet someone, but do not rant in front of my computer. I just say Southpark WoW episode.

cry babies

 
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Comment #19 by HiryuMK
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 05:07:45 PM
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@18 Spoken like a true ass kisser. There a reason the console is getting positive feedback, its because its fixed all the problem in the PC version but since you are in denial, you can't understand such things.

 
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Comment #20 by BatistaMason
Friday, November 08, 2013 @ 05:10:56 PM
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@14 You didn't think you simply have poor taste? Most real ME fans didn't like ME3 not just for the ending.

Just because you are in the minority doesn't mean you are right. Its fact, not opinion.

You sound like a entitled child.

 
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Comment #21 by drkrZEN
Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 04:23:37 PM
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ME3 had its moments, but its sad what a huge letdown it really was. Lackluster, mish mash of cutscenes that left you with no feeling of accomplishment was the best way to describe the ending that lacked a final boss, even.

Especially with all the build up of a thrill ride ME2 was... I was so sad to see Harbinger put on the backburner in ME3 after being such an awesome antagonist throughout ME2.

All in all, its co-op multiplayer was its saving grace... as I put more time into that than ME3's lackluster single player.

 
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Comment #22 by thedarknessof66
Thursday, November 14, 2013 @ 09:21:14 AM
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Mass effect 3 was about paying homage to the entire adventure thus far, as a game, as an adventure, it was utterly brilliant! Mass effect 2, even more so. Mass effect 1, where it all began, the birth of the greatest story that would ever be told in a video game, it's only shortfall was that it wasn't released 2 years later when the then-current gen tech was better understood so as to improve gameplay. ME1 played rough, I platinumed it, I'm familiar with how out of date the gameplay felt, but it didn't hinder the story OR this epic adventure one-little-bit.

As for that ending, maybe it could have been better, but I can't imagine how... I'm not saying it was the perfect ending, it wasn't perfect at all, but it was the right ending, and a 'better ending' would have been a tweaked version of what we got. It was time for it all to come to a close, and personally I think they did a fantastic job of building intensity and a feeling of 'the universe depends on these final moments' into those last scenes.

What kind of boss battle could 'we' win against the overwhelming force of the reapers? A fight to the death with harbinger? Let's say you kill harbinger, then what? How many millions more of the precious few lives remaining died in that process? Are there enough left to continue the fight? Is there even remotely a chance of winning in head-on war with the reapers? No. It took something far more than that, a sacrifice, a greatly symbolic sacrifice by no less than the galaxies beacon of hope himself, and an advantage, no less than a symbol of cooperation between every race ever to have existed, the crucible, something that was only possible because every race stood together at a point in time and decided to work together.

The symbolism in these final scenes, the way it was all summed up at the end, I thought was the most fitting ending possible. Again, it was not perfect, it may not have been the best possible ending, but the general framework of that ending was THE RIGHT framework. A boss fight at the end would have ruined an opportunity to reflect upon the entire adventure, not to mention the 20 minutes leading upto the final decision had the most intense combat of the entire series, the ending may not have been perfect, but the pacing was spot on, it gave you the chance to speak to your crew one last time, risk everything in the most desperate combat sequence of the series.

I don't know, I guess you either get it or you don't, and nobody's opinion is wrong as it is their own. I do understand those who were unhappy with the ending, I get it, I just don't see it that way. It took me playing the series back to back, ME1-ME2-ME3 in sequence while everything was fresh in my mind for it to finally all fit together, and in the end I think it was the right way to end it, something I couldn't see the first time through when I had only played ME2 a year before and never played ME1, it wasn't about combat in the last few minutes, it was about reflection, about remembering the adventure and why you are forced to make this decision and ultimate sacrifice now, because that's exactly what you were fighting for all along, it's what you came here to do, and for me that realisation was a powerful one.

 
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Comment #23 by I Was Banned
Thursday, December 19, 2013 @ 11:53:34 AM
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Yawn


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