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BioWare shows concept footage for the next Mass Effect and a new IP photo
BioWare shows concept footage for the next Mass Effect and a new IP
by Jordan Devore

"Pick a planet across the other side of the galaxy and fly there and see what you'll discover," Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson said of the next installment currently in development at BioWare's Montreal studio. During EA's E3 2014 press event, all we got was some conceptual footage from the game and promises of what's to come.

But that wasn't all. BioWare also has a new intellectual property in the works at its Edmonton studio. Details were sparse and general in nature, but the team hopes to take on contemporary stories and "build a world that's as big and as imaginative as everything we've done before," according to Hudson. "A fictional world that feels real and is alive and is constantly changing."

Not a whole lot to say other than fans are going to be hungry for this next Mass Effect once it's finally out. I hope it lives up to the crazy high expectations (or at least does more than ME3 did).

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8:00 AM on 05.30.2014

This Garrus statue is what dreams are made of

Excuse me, 1/4 scale figure of Mass Effect's Garrus Vakarian. I couldn't help but noticing your 21 inches of pure turian goodness over there, and you're a little expensive, but you lookin' hot. Let's get together and talk cal...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 05.15.2014

BioWare announces most popular Commander Shepard names

BioWare has published player data culled from Mass Effect 3 to determine the five most popular names chosen for Commander Shepard, and the top names might surprise you. Sarah and Jack are at the top of the list for both femal...

Brittany Vincent

5:30 PM on 05.13.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition has a $170 collector's edition

For the Dragon Age fan who needs more stuff in their life, there's the collector's edition of Inquisition to consider. Or should I say the "Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition," to be precise. It's really called that,...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 05.02.2014

Thank the Goddess! Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC is free on PSN

If you've been holding off on purchasing additional Mass Effect DLC because of the sticker shock, today's your lucky day -- if you're a PS3 player, at least. The Mass Effect 3: Omega DLC pack is currently free via PSN for US ...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 04.28.2014

Oh, Shep: Mass Effect Trilogy might make its way to Xbox One and PS4

Commander Shepard and Company might be hopping aboard the SSV Normandy and jetting off to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. That's because Mass Effect, one of the most revered (and then reviled) franchises on the Xbox 360 and ...

Brett Makedonski





10:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Knights of the Old Republic and other Star Wars media no longer considered canon

That's a nice extended universe you've got there, Star Wars. It'd be a shame if it were invalidated. Actually, that's exactly what's happening. Lucasfilm announced just that today via the official Star Wars blog, where it wa...

Brittany Vincent



Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on October 7 photo
Dragon Age: Inquisition launches on October 7
by Abel Girmay

The Blight is over, the Qunari have been driven from Kirkwall, and the mages have gone to all out war with their Templar oppressors. We've seen a lot of crisis across Thedas, but all that doesn't seem to compare when demons and spirits are invading your home. Hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husbands 'cause they're taking everybody out here.

As we already knew, Dragon Age: Inquisition's story centers around the Veil being torn, and all the creatures of the Fade entering our world. What's newly revealed, is that the player character, the Inquisitor, will have a closer connection to the Fade, being able to travel to and from. This isn't restricted to classes either, where traditionally mages are the only ones with a natural connection to the Maker's first world.

The trailer also shows the return of series staple characters Leiliana and the now ex-Templar Cullen, serving as the heads of the Inquisition's shadow and military arms respectively. They won't be available as party members, but their role with the Inquisitor plays heavily into Inquisition's new War Table mechanic. While exact details aren't being revealed, the War Table will allow the Inquisitor to send allies away on missions, similar to what Assassin's Creed introduced with Brotherhood.

Finally, the trailer shows off more of the Inquisitors mounts, so if you're hoping to live out a Shadowfax fantasy with your mage, here's the chance. Unfortunately, EA has confirmed that wyverns will not be a mount option, so I guess my Qunari warrior won't exactly be the beast mode Conan I dreamed of.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled to release on October 7, 2014 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Those wishing to import decisions from last-gen systems should also check out Dragon Age Keep, a story editor tool that will let you recreate, or create new story data.

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4:30 PM on 04.21.2014

You know, Dragon Age: Inquisition's box art is pretty cool

It's rare that videogame cover art can energize me enough to want to write about it (unless we're talking the oft-excellent fan-made stuff), but there are exceptions. Not to oversell you on Dragon Age: Inquisition's cover, or anything. It's good! Better than expected coming off of Dragon Age II, certainly. Let's hope that rings true for all aspects of the game.

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 03.06.2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition makes great use of Frostbite 3

The Frostbite 3 engine shows its stuff in this new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition covering the game's stunning landscapes. Those leafless tress, that shimmering water -- I'm impressed. This kind of visual fidelity is al...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 03.03.2014

BioWare has discussed bringing Mass Effect Trilogy to PS4, Xbox One

BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn has responded to a fan query from December about the studio remastering Mass Effect Trilogy for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 featuring "1080p/high-res textures/60fps, etc." Now, Flynn obvious...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Two expansions planned for The Old Republic in 2014

Looking at the year ahead for Star Wars: The Old Republic, senior producer Bruce Maclean says there are two more digital expansions on the way -- "one similar to Galactic Starfighter in scope and one more closely resembling R...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 01.18.2014

SWTOR Galactic Starfighter open to Early Access members

The Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been available to Subscribers of the MMO since early December, and now it's time for Preferred Early Access users to get in on the action. Prefe...

Harry Monogenis



Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition photo
Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
by Patrick Hancock

Baldur’s Gate II holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was easily my favorite RPG from my younger days, and to be honest not much has changed since. Classic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay combined with wonderful characters and writing is a simple recipe for a timeless classic. Visually, however, this timeless classic has certainly aged.

And so steps in Beamdog with Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition. Just as with the first game, this Enhanced Edition looks slightly better, plays the same, and has some extra goodies added in. Whether or not it’s worth the entry fee is up to you, though.

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10:00 PM on 12.19.2013

The new Mass Effect exists in a playable state right now

A new entry in the Mass Effect series, developed by BioWare's Montreal studio, is currently playable. Not by us outside the studio, of course. BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn tweeted, "Great time pla...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 12.19.2013

BioWare gives a status update on Dragon Age: Inquisition

Before its teams head off for the holidays, BioWare has shared where it's at with Dragon Age: Inquisition. Since the game's last big push at PAX Prime, the studio has gotten to a point where the main storyline is playable fro...

Jordan Devore