BioWare Aims To ‘Rebuild Its Reputation’ With Dragon Age 4, Mass Effect 5
BioWare’s remastered Mass Effect trilogy made for some legendary success last year and the developer has positioned itself for a long-awaited return to prominence with new Dragon Age and Mass Effect games in the pipeline. Though little has been seen of these anticipated projects, the developer’s poor track record with Anthem and the departure of numerous veteran personnel haven’t done much to assure members of either community.
However, BioWare general manager Gary McKay has now assured their commitment to getting both games right, and how “rebuilding our reputation” remains a “huge priority” for the studio. “We are laser-focused on building back the trust of our fans and community,” McKay explained in a new BioWare blog post. “And we plan to do that by delivering the types of games that we are best known for and ensuring they are of the highest quality.”
“Our mission is to ‘Create worlds of adventure, conflict, and companionship that inspire you to become the hero of your story.’ We want the launch of our games to be seminal moments in the industry. We want each game to earn the kind of reaction we’ve seen with Mass Effect Legendary Edition. We feel that we have the right people, the right creative focus, and the support from EA to deliver on the promise.”
Gary McKay took over as BioWare GM just over a year ago following the sudden departure of longtime studio head Casey Hudson. McKay recalled his new responsibilities under a worldwide pandemic, which involved navigating new challenges like working from home and adopting new tools, processes, and communication methods. “The biggest challenge continues to be the uncertainty of it all,” he said, “which makes everyone’s life more difficult and makes it hard to plan for the future.”
Despite the challenges, BioWare actually has quite a bit lined up for the future. In addition to the next expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, McKay mentioned the “incredible” work being done on the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect games. While nothing new was revealed on this front, he recalled the easter egg-filled Mass Effect poster revealed for N7 Day and the veteran developers of Dragon Age 4 striving for “a single-player experience that is built on choices that matter.”
What do you think? Are you excited about the possibilities of a new Dragon Age or Mass Effect game, or does BioWare still need to win you back after the failure of Anthem? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day!
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