According to new statements from Bioware’s general manager Casy Hudson, Mass Effect and Dragon Age will return. Speaking to Game Informer’s Joe Juba, Hudson discussed the next big Bioware game, Anthem while also addressing the current state of its other big franchises.
"I would say a majority of the people at BioWare are working on Anthem," he explained, before adding that Mass Effect is "my baby." He continued: "I helped start Mass Effect from the beginning. Of course we intend to get back to it at some point."
As for Dragon Age, Hudson stated that there are people “figuring out what a next Dragon Age would look like.” It’s no secret that a Dragon Age has been in a lengthy phase of pre-production: last year, Sunless Sea creator Alexis Kennedy revealed to Eurogamer that he’s been writing for the project.
While those statements aren’t an indication of a definite time table on when Mass Effect or Dragon Age could return, it is somewhat reassuring if not unsurprising to know that the developer hasn’t turned its back on the franchises that made the studio famous during the previous generation of consoles.
While the last entry in the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was a critical and commercial success, the Mass Effect brand has been tarnished somewhat by the cold reception given to Mass Effect: Andromeda last year.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson acknowledged that it didn't meet the high standards other Mass Effect titles had set. Reports later indicated that the franchise had been put “on ice,” sparking concerns that Andromeda could mark the end of the beloved series.
It remains to be seen whether news about either franchise will emerge after Anthem releases on February 22, 2019. More details about the shared world shooter were presented today, including confirmation that the game would not feature random loot boxes or pay for power advantages