It was confirmed last year that BioWare is already planning ahead for the future of Mass Effect, following the release of its Legendary Edition trilogy and the somewhat mixed reaction from Andromeda. But if you’re expecting the series to return right away, yeah, um, about that…
Based on a new job listing, BioWare is looking for a technical director for the franchise, asking for someone with experience in developing on Unreal Engine 4 or 5. That’s a pretty big deal, considering that would mean the developer is possibly moving away from working with EA’s traditional Frostbite engine.
The company thrived with the Legendary Edition being made with the Unreal tech; and Andromeda didn’t exactly do any favors being made with Frostbite. So the move would somewhat make sense, though the company didn’t officially note anything on it just yet.
VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb added that the tech move was “confirmed through multiple sources that this is because everything is on the table when it comes to tech for a new Mass Effect—and that includes potentially replacing EA’s in-house Frostbite engine with Unreal.”
Ah, but there’s a catch. Because of this move, there’s a very good chance that we won’t be seeing the return of Mass Effect anytime soon. In fact, at the earliest, the game appears primed for a debut sometime in 2023. So…yeah, better explore the older games or Andromeda for a while.
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