Nothing gets us hotter under the collar or moister of armpit than the thought of a new role-playing game - and the years ahead are ablaze with promise on that count, despite an industry-wide unwillingness to share details for fear of giving away the status of next gen hardware.
The upcoming crop have tough acts to follow, as attested by our list of the best Xbox RPGs, but what info there is to share paints a rosy picture. Here's a round-up of the titles we're especially desperate to lay hands on, spanning new IPs and fresh takes on established series.
Mass Effect 4
Shepard's story may be over and done, but the Mass Effect universe trundles on (with greater or lesser degrees of smoothness, depending on how you completed Mass Effect 3). A new title is now in development at BioWare's Montreal and Edmonton studios, powered by DICE's Frostbite tech and sharing "systems" with Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.
"While it will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts," BioWare Montreal's studio director Yanick Roy commented at announcement. "You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling."
"The Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich," producer Fabrice Condominas elaborated. "So at this point in time, we don't even know what kind of time frame we're going to be in. All we're doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things." Among the possibilities mooted by executive producer Mike Gamble last February are Mass Effect prequels that explore the origins of certain races. We think the First Contact War would make for a fantastic game, ourselves, and as for leading lights - BioWare could do worse than a youthful version of the Illusive Man.