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“We’ve intercepted some strange footage from one of the monitoring stations in known space,” Mass Effect project director Mike Gamble said in a blog post. “It could be nothing, but…”
The studio established N7 Day in 2012 and it has since become an annual celebration of the Mass Effect series and its community.
BioWare first revealed it was working on a new Mass Effect game in November 2020 with the release of a teaser trailer.
“We are in early stages on the project and can’t say any more just yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing our vision for where we’ll be going next,” it said.
Later that year, BioWare said a number of Mass Effect trilogy veterans had returned to work on the next entry in the series.
In today’s blog post, the studio confirmed that the game is still in pre-production.
“Since we last spoke about the next Mass Effect game, pre-production development has been proceeding very well,” it said. “The team, comprised of Mass Effect franchise veterans as well as some amazing new additions to BioWare, has grown steadily!
“They’ve been hard at work crafting new characters and locations that you’ll love, as well as revisiting many that you’ll remember.”
It added: “One day, when we’re ready, we’ll have more to share on the next Mass Effect, so thank you for being a part of this journey with us. It’s exceptionally exciting for the team and we’d love to continue sharing glimpses of what we’re working on with you in the future.”
BioWare confirmed in July that veteran narrative director Mary DeMarle, the writer behind the modern Deus Ex games, had joined the studio to helm the story for the next Mass Effect.
The studio’s next release will be Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. Although a launch window has yet to be confirmed, in an update last month BioWare said the game is playable from start to finish.