With BioWareâ€™s sci-fi epic Mass Effect roaring across the release galaxy on a collision course with its official November 20 retail arrival, itâ€™s perhaps unsurprising to see related rumours and unsubstantiated speculation popping up all over the place as the gameâ€™s hype machine shifts through its gears of absolute saturation. On the plus side, however, BioWare has held an interview with CVG this week, in which the developer talks openly about its future plans for the Mass Effect property, and itâ€™s all good news.
Specifically, Greg Zeschuk, the co-founder and president of Canadian developer BioWare, has revealed that the studioâ€™s future ambition for Mass Effect (even though itâ€™s yet to arrive and prove its worth on the market) is to create a complete narrative trilogy during the current generation of gaming hardware.
When asked whether that trilogy will be tied exclusively to Microsoftâ€™s Xbox 360, Zeschuk offers that commenting on that particular aspect is difficult seeing as, â€śa year in to the future is a big challenge these days.â€ť The BioWare boss also expressed his disappointment at the studio only finishing two in-house productions during the previous hardware cycle (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire), and added that periodic downloadable content for Mass Effect could help â€śbridge the gap,â€ť between the three connected titles, â€śby giving you new little islands of story between the big game releases.â€ť
For those worried about the lengthy production time related to Mass Effect and whether BioWare can fit three titles into the current hardware cycle, Zeschuk outlined that the body of tools and technology created by Mass Effectâ€™s team will mean that work that took â€śa year can sometimes now be done in three or four days.â€ť
Other points of interest covered by Zeschuk include the pressure BioWare feels regarding the expectations attached to Mass Effect, the possibilities presented by downloadable content, the romantic connections running through the game, and whether the team will ever get around to Knights of the Old Republic III.
Click right HERE to be taken straight to CVGâ€™s full interview.