BioWare founders Doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have announced their retirement from videogames after 17 years in the business and five under the aegis of EA. Is it the end of BioWare as we know it? Not according to Aaryn Flynn, general manager of BioWare Edmonton and Montreal.
In a blog post on the developer's official site, Flynn praised Muzyka and Zeschuk's work and promised to "carry the torch" in the form of another "full" Mass Effect game and several single and multiplayer Mass Effect 3 DLC packs, beginning this autumn with the Omega pack.
BioWare is also working on a new IP for next generation consoles. "While [executive producer Casey Hudson] continues to oversee the development of our new Mass Effect project, he and his leads are putting together their vision for an all new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology," Flynn wrote.
Executive producer Mike Gamble suggested to us in February that future Mass Effect games might deal with the origins of Mass Effect races. I'd sure like to find out what the Asari got up to before they invented mercenary organisations and strip clubs.
Parent company EA has said it won't force BioWare to develop Mass Effect 4. "If he wants to do something different, a new IP, he'll have our backing as well," the publisher's Frank Gibeau said of Casey Hudson. "He's a profoundly talented guy. He's got our confidence. And the audience loves him. So that's how it really works."
Here's what we want from Mass Effect 4.