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BioWare pushing for Mass Effect trilogy this generation

With BioWare’s sci-fi epic Mass Effect roaring across the release galaxy on a collision course with its official November 20 retail arrival, it’s perhaps unsurprising to see related rumours and unsubstantiated speculation popping up all over the place as the game’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 it’s all good news.

Specifically, Greg Zeschuk, the co-founder and president of Canadian developer BioWare, has revealed that the studio’s future ambition for Mass Effect (even though it’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 Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Zeschuk offers that commenting on that particular aspect is difficult seeing as, “a year in to the future is a big challenge these days.” 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 “bridge the gap,” between the three connected titles, “by giving you new little islands of story between the big game releases.”

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 Effect’s team will mean that work that took “a year can sometimes now be done in three or four days.”

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 CVG’s full interview.

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Comment by dyke on 2007-09-20 18:14:13 | Reply

this game is gonna be awesome, huge universe, deep story line and gay sex

Comment by GayBoi69 on 2007-09-20 18:14:41 | Reply

omg gay sex!!!!

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-09-20 18:24:51 | Reply

great, a trilogy of shitty games that should have been sci fi novels.

Comment by Megatron on 2007-09-20 18:34:32 | Reply

you sir a a fool, take your pish talk somewhere else

Comment by Sean on 2007-09-20 18:36:49 | Reply

atleast it’s not going to be 13 games based on a japanese franchise thought up to satisfy paedophiles, eh?

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-09-20 19:10:49 | Reply

huh? if you’re referring to final fantasy… i’d like to ask you to start making sense.

and no, its not.. instead, it’s a game thought up to satisfy 14 year old gay 360 fanbois.

Comment by Scott on 2007-09-20 19:36:16 | Reply

oh go sleep with your ps3. It’s all its useful for

Comment by Kate loire on 2007-09-20 23:08:18 | Reply

So he’s a 14 year old fan boy? Because if so he mocked himself. Read it properly ;)

Comment by AN angry H0BO on 2007-09-21 00:33:17 | Reply

don’t listen to augustusbot.
he likes furry creatures and bright colours in his games. he’s so busy sticking his six-axis control up his own ass, while rubbing a copy of chrono-cross over his face that he would fail to see the good in any north american produced game….fool.

Comment by mass9 on 2007-09-21 06:03:21 | Reply

“a tilogy of shitty games”

what is the PS3 lineup?

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-20 20:31:33 | Reply

You’ve got to be joking. You don’t need to be a console fanboy to see that this game is going to be absolutely amazing.

I guess the PS3 owners just can’t handle the fact that so much amazing content can be fit onto a single DVD.

Comment by AugustusBot on 2007-09-20 20:37:28 | Reply

western rpgs suck.

Comment by Tater on 2007-09-20 21:46:07 | Reply

I’m a PS3 owner and I think its great that 9Gb worth of data can fit on to a 9Gb disc. I don’t think its revolutionary though.

If you look at the 360 which is in its third holiday season, it has a great lineup of games. I’m looking forward to mass effect and halo 3. As of right now there are limited killer titles that have been officially announced for next year that are exclusive to the 360. Fable 2 is the only one I can think of off the top of my head (in no way am I saying that this is the only one).

Now if we look at the PS3 its in its second holiday season. Its got its killer app (Heavenly Sword). While most xbox 360 only owners I’ve heard talking think that Resistance is a relatively bad game. I completely disagree with that. I think it has more worth than gears of war. I’ve played through Resistance 5 times and Gears of War 3 times. In my opinion Resistance has a more enjoyable online multiplayer.

I’ve always thought that each generation of hardware should improve upon the previous media. Was blu-ray brought in too early? Possibly. Would it be acceptable if a company didn’t improve the graphics from one generation to the next? No. Even the Wii is a graphical improvement over the Gamecube.

AugustusBot is entitled to his(her) opinion even if you don’t agree. While he may have have expressed his opinion in the best way he(she) is still entitlled to have an opinion (unless he’s the guy that got tasered in florida).

And to throw a little fanboyism into this a comeback could be something similar to “I guess Xbox 360 owners just can’t handle that they wasted their money on something that is going to break”

Just so you know I own a PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PS2, Xbox, PS1, Sega Genisis, and a NES.

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-09-20 22:16:16 | Reply

360’s break??? WTF i own a launch 360 thats still going & going.. at lest M$ didn’t lie to there fanboys.

Comment by Lone Goat on 2007-09-20 22:19:06 | Reply

oh and Btw I’ve played Resistance on my friends ps3. about the same as GOW online.. i never was a HUGE fan of GOW..

note: i’m running out of friends that own a ps3 i had 3 ps3 i could play.. Now i’m down to One

Comment by Tater on 2007-09-20 22:51:16 | Reply

You’re right, the retailers that have estimated a 30% failure rate must be lying since microsoft said their failure rate is in the normal 3-5%.

I wouldn’t call saying rumble last gen and then implimenting it lying, its more corperate spin, not that its any better. I admit that sony said some really stupid things leading up to and after the release of the PS3, but I wouldn’t say that microsoft is innocent of similar (and probably less) things.

Comment by Veritas on 2007-09-20 23:29:34 | Reply

I’ve never played Resistance, so I have no stance on it. I can say Gears of War was entertaining for a while, but I was never much for the multiplayer, outside of goofing around with my friends. I will say, though, something like Call of Duty 2 (comparable to Resistance) was definitely a surprisingly killer title, and judging by reviews, it’s also probably better than Resistance.

As for the line-up differences, the PS3 has one exclusive game I can see that’s worth looking forward to, Heavenly Sword, and it doesn’t even look that interesting to me (it’s looking a lot like a God of War rip-off), but people seem to be psyched about it. This is when the 360 has an amazing line-up coming out, with Halo 3, Mass Effect, Call of Duty 4, and then titles like Ninja Gaiden 2 and Fable 2 looming in the distance.

I was a huge Nintendo fan until the Gamecube. Then I bought myself an Xbox in time for Halo 2, and I’ve been a very happy gamer since. Microsoft does not disappoint.

Note: I only added the DVD comment to dig at AugustusBot. =P I realize that’s not revolutionary, I was just using it as a comeback towards those PS3 owners that claim the DVD is a weakness in the 360.

Also note: I have a launch 360 (bought at the end of November), and it’s still going strong.

Also also note: western RPGs are far more varied than Japanese RPGs. I guess that’s not appealing if you’re happy with the same old turn-based battling being recycled from one clone to the next. The only turn-based Japanese title I foresee buying in the future is one coming out for the 360, Operation: Darkness, because it’s so similar (and yet so different) to the Front Mission games.

Comment by Brett Favre on 2007-09-20 18:30:25 | Reply

its like deep space 9 all over again in my ass

Comment by Megatron on 2007-09-20 18:34:08 | Reply

awesome and i hope they do KOTOR3 aswell

Comment by Sean on 2007-09-20 18:35:32 | Reply

They want to release all 3 this gen so they don’t have to waste resources developing new engines for each game… smart move really, as long as they’re not rushed!

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