New Mass Effect To Use Game Systems From Dragon Age
Hmm...can't decide if this is good or bad.
If you hadn't already noticed, role-playing fans are pretty passionate. So when an eagle-eyed, self-admitted RPG buff sent us a link to BioWare Montreal studio director Yannick Roy's Twitter page, we read closely. It's interesting.
Roy first Tweeted an image of a design document for the next Mass Effect and based on the size of the folder, one fan said the game must be "years away." Well, Roy responded with a very interesting comment. Check it out:
"Don't worry: we have a large and talented team, we started a while ago, and we are 'borrowing' a lot of game systems from [Dragon Age III]."
He didn't go into specifics but we do know that Inquisition was just recently delayed a year from fall 2013 to fall 2014. It also won't be called "Dragon Age III," anymore as they're dropping the "III" from the title. It's just Dragon Age: Inquisition. As for the new Mass Effect, it will be a new start for the franchise, as BioWare has made it plain that the first trilogy featuring protagonist Commander Shepard is complete.
However, how do you feel about one team "borrowing" mechanics from another team just to speed up the process? I mean, it's basically the same developer and the genres are similar, but does that strike you as a little...unethical, or something? No, not unethical, just...shouldn't they be focused on creating specific mechanics and systems for the next ME, rather than merely quickening the process?
6/18/2013 10:19:51 PM Ben Dutka