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  • Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Hitting January 4

    mass-effect-andromedaWe've got big news for any Mass Effect Andromeda fans out there.

    It's been confirmed that a gameplay showing for Mass Effect Andromeda will take place on January 4 at NVIDIA's CES Keynote. We're not sure what sort of gameplay will be showcased, although a small description alongside the announcement mentioned that the game environments and some gameplay will be shown.

    By this logic, it may make sense that we'll be getting a look at the scale of the universe in Mass Effect Andromeda and a close look at the environments on each world. Whilst this is mostly speculation, it would also make sense considering that the event is being hosted by NVIDIA. It may also be possible that NVIDIA will be announcing some of their own new products at the CES Keynote, especially in regards to PC gaming.

    While the Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay shown at the CES event may be broadcasted from a PC, it'll still be a great look at what the game will have to offer on other platforms as well.

    This isn't the first time gameplay for Mass Effect Andromeda has been shown. Last month, a near-five minute 4K video was released by Bioware that showed some of the gameplay mechanics for Mass Effect Andromeda and also some of the kind of environments players can look forward to.

    While it isn't set in stone, the release date for Mass Effect Andromeda is currently slated for Spring 2017.

  • Mass Effect Andromeda Announcement; Game Delayed

    mass effect andromeda

    You may have been hoping to see Mass Effect Andromeda release this year but unfortunately Bioware has had to push back the release date. Whilst this delay may come as bad news to some, it is ultimately for the better and it'll ensure that when the gigantic open universe game gets a release it will be more featured packed, more fine tuned and more diverse.

    Bioware announced the game delay in a new blog post. Whilst the main announcement in the blog post is about the delay, the blog also talks about the future of Mass Effect Andromeda and it's current stage in development.

    Firstly, Mass Effect Andromeda has been delayed to 'early 2017.' Whether we get this in the first quarter or second quarter of 2017 hasn't been mentioned, but we highly expect it to be the first quarter.

    Secondly, Bioware goes on to mention some of the things to expect from Andromeda. We have listed the highlights below.

    + More Freedom: One of our biggest ambitions is to give players an unprecedented level of freedom for a Mass Effect experience where you'll go, how you'll get there, and how you'll play.

    + New Uncharted Worlds: We're leaving the Milky Way behind and headed to Andromeda, where we'll meet new allies, confront new enemies, and explore fascinating new worlds.

    + The Next Great Mass Effect Experience: Mass Effect: Andromeda will be the first Mass Effect game for today's consoles and the first built on the Frostbite engine. We're pushing the technology to deliver visuals, story, and gameplay that have never been done in franchise history.

  • Dragon Age DLC Coming to PS4

    dragon age dlc ps4Even though the Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC was released last week for Xbox One, BioWare has revealed details on when the DLC will be coming to other platforms, including the PlayStation 4.

    According to BioWare via Twitter, the Jaws of Hakkon DLC will be available for all other supported consoles sometime in May. This includes the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

    The reason BioWare could not reveal details about the Jaws of Hakkon coming to other consoles earlier was because their exclusivity contract with Microsoft prevented them from doing so.

    In a Q&A session on Kotaku, BioWare's general manager, Aaryn Flynn revealed details about how the timed exclusivity deal works.

    "Jaws of Hakkon is a timed exclusive for the Xbox One and PC. This approach allowed for a lot of support from Microsoft and Origin in launching the DLC, so it did have that benefit for the team, and we appreciate the partnership," Aaryn mentioned. "However, as a timed exclusive, it is definitely coming to the game's other platforms, and based on our internal discussions I expect we'll be announcing more details next week."

    "I hope no one boycotts the purchase, as it's a pretty fun adventure that WILL be available on all platforms. That said, everyone is free to vote / message / communicate how they feel, so if that happens it happens. We're definitely paying attention."

    It's good to see that Jaws of Hakkon is coming to PlayStation and the Xbox 360, but it's understandable to see why some gamers are frustrated by timed exclusivity deals like this.

  • Mass Effect 4 Will Feature "Emotionally Believable Characters"

    mass effect 4Let's be honest, any open world game by Bioware is always going to look nice when compared to other titles released around the same time. Mass Effect 4 should be no different, and thanks to a new job listing on Bioware's website, we can get a better idea about what kind of direction Bioware will want artists to go in the upcoming Mass Effect.

    In a latest job listing, Bioware are looking for a member to join their team that can specifically create "emotionally believable characters that allow game players to interact with the game, whether photorealistic or stylized, in a realistic and believable fashion."

    The depth of story involved in the Mass Effect franchise has always been impressive, and being able to capture and create characters that really show believable emotion will be a great way to improve the story depth and detail of characters in Mass Effect 4.

    If Bioware manage to create a game that is both highly engaging as a fun game, and as a intense, emotional driven story, I think Mass Effect could potentially be the best game in the franchise yet.

    That is a big if though - so far we have seen very little content showing off what Mass Effect 4 will be like, and most of the details of the game have been kept incredibly quiet. In fact, we aren't even sure if the game will definitely be called Mass Effect 4 or not.

  • New Mass Effect Will Have Some Online Components

    new mass effect onlineSo far, we know very little about the new Mass Effect game, but Bioware are slowly revealing bits of information about it. Although we have nothing to use to paint ourselves a picture of Mass Effect 4, we do have some details to go on.

    Recently, senior development director of Mass Effect 4, Chris Wynn, sent out a tweet, giving Mass Effect fans another very small piece of the Mass Effect 4 puzzle. In Wynn's tweet, it read "Things are getting real now and I need an excellent producer to come shape online for the next Mass Effect."

    Whilst he didn't straight up state that Mass Effect 4 will be getting some form of online play, asking for a producer for online pretty much confirms we will be getting some kind of online component in Mass Effect 4.

    Because we know so little about the upcoming Mass Effect game, we really don't have anything to suggest here. It could be possible that there could be some kind of multiplayer gameplay separate from the main story. Alternatively, we could see some kind of multiplayer drop-in features for the game's main story mode.

    What is clear is that multiplayer won't play a critical part of Mass Effect 4 - if that were the case it's likely Bioware would already have the producer they needed. So if you were hoping for a Mass Effect MMO you may be disappointed. However, let's hope something good does come from the new online producer for Bioware.

  • Listing for Mass Effect on the PS4 Appears on Amazon

    mass effect ps4I don't know how it happens, but once again somebody has made a mistake on Amazon and has accidentally posted up a product listing that really shouldn't be there. Recently, a product listing for Mass Effect for the PlayStation 4 was found on Amazon, however after it was shared across the web, it was shortly removed from the website, confirming that it shouldn't have really been there in the first place.

    Whether or not it was an accident, or a smartly placed marketing attempt by BioWare, it's clear that something Mass Effect related might just be coming to the PlayStation 4 soon. The description for the Mass Effect product listing on Amazon wasn't filled with much details, so we have been left to speculate.

    It's very unlikely the listing was relating to the new Mass Effect game as there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the game is ready for promotion. Instead, I personally think the listing could be suggesting a new PS4 port for the original Mass Effect game.

    If i'm correct, then perhaps we could expect a full port of the entire original trilogy to next gen consoles. If we get an HD remake on top of that too, I'd be most impressed, but that may be pushing it a little bit.

    Oddly, the game only mentioned a PlayStation 4 release for the product listing, but this could simply be because the listing was not fully completed before it was put online. The release date for the listing was December 31st 2014, which sounds like a rough placeholder date. Hopefully we'll hear something from BioWare about this.

  • BioWare's 'Spark' Project Teased for Gamescom Reveal

    bioware new ip gamescomThere is no doubt that there are a bunch of great creative minds over at BioWare, so it's always great to see new IP from the development studio, and that's exactly what's going to happen at this year's Gamescom, later in the month.

    Whilst a lot of effort is still being put into the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises right now, BioWare has now grown to be a behemoth of a company, and it's given them the chance to work on many titles at once.

    One such title is a brand new IP that hasn't yet been named. However, the last teaser trailer for the new IP from BioWare, named Spark, suggested that the game would have some sort of relation to strange phenomena.

    One piece of the new BioWare IP puzzle suggests that the new game will be related to some kind of 'shadow realm' which could possibly be a strangely alternate version of reality, albeit with some very odd and quite creepy differences.

    Honestly, we're not quite sure what the new IP from BioWare will consist of, but luckily that won't be the case for too much longer, as BioWare has suggested in both the Spark trailer, and the previously released Nemesis trailer, that the new IP will be revealed at Gamescom in Cologne on August 17th.

    We'll keep you updated about BioWare's new IP as more information comes in.

  • Next Mass Effect Game 'Years Away'

    next mass effect gameWhilst members from BioWare have mentioned quite a lot about the future of the Mass Effect series since the last game was released, it's unlikely that we'll see the next Mass Effect game any time soon.

    In fact, according to the game producer for the Mass Effect franchise, Mike Gamble, the next Mass Effect game is 'years away' from completion, which means that we probably won't be seeing anything solid about Mass Effect 4 for quite a while, and it's final release may be stretched out to 2017, or perhaps even further.

    Mike Gamble revealed this information at a session at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, along with some other details on the next Mass Effect Game.

    Firstly, according to Gamble, it's likely that the Mako, a rough-terrain vehicle seen in the first two games, will most likely make a return to the fourth title in the Mass Effect series, and players may also get to see some familiar faces from previous games.

    It is important to note that the new Mass Effect game will not focus on Commander Shepard or any of the other character's within Shepard's crew, however previous characters from the franchise may appear as cameos.

    In the past, BioWare talked about potential plans to turn the fourth Mass Effect game into something completely different to the first three, however at this point I'm really not sure what that could be, although we do know there will be a large focus on exploration in the next Mass Effect game.

  • New Concept Art Shows the World of Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Dragon Age Inquisition Concept Art

    For some of you, news of concept art might sound a bit boring. It's one of the major milestones in game development though, and you can usually get a pretty good idea of how a game is going to look through concept art.

    Some new concept art has been shown of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I'm pretty happy to see that the world is shaping up to be pretty magnificent.

    The graphics on the previous Dragon Age games have never been stunning, but they've certainly never been bad enough to put you off playing the game, and I expect that Dragon Age: Inquisition will have graphics that are slightly more impressive than the previous title, even if it has been announced to be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3, along with next generation versions.

    The concept that has been shown gives us the impression the Inquisition will take place in the same grimy & mythical environments as the previous games, and a lot of the huge open atmospheric spaces that you usually find yourself stumbling across will most likely return in Inquisition.

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has been planned for a late 2014 release for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, however it's unclear whether this date is set in stone or not.

    Let's hope BioWare do release Inquisition this year, and hopefully it will be an enjoyable game to play through. We've got a lot of great next gen games lined up this year, but at the moment, there really isn't that much to offer on the PS4 or the Xbox One.

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