BioWare and FUNimation are to create an anime feature film based on the Mass Effect franchise, with Tokyo-based T.O Entertainment serving as co-producers on the project.
BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson will act as exec producer.
"Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different media," he said. "Extending the story through an anime medium is another amazing opportunity for us.
"Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for."
The Mass Effect anime movie is scheduled for release next summer.
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