Mass Effect 4: Wishlist

CVG picks its most anticipated ideas for BioWare's next entry

Welcome to 'Wishlist', a new regular feature in which we channel our inner amateur game designer and fanboy nerd to come up with a list of improvements, features and pie-in-the-sky ideas for games.

Long time CVG readers may remember a little feature called 'What we want to see'; we had a lot of fun doing that, and it encouraged some great discussions, so we thought it was about time to bring it back. Except, with a less rubbish name this time.

This week we're taking on Mass Effect 4. You've no doubt been thinking long and hard about what you'd like to see in the next entry in BioWare's sci-fi epic so, as always, you're encouraged to lay them out in as much detail as you'd like in the comments below. It's your time to shine!

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Artwork by Baolong Zhang

What we know: Development progress, release date, engine and more

Although both EA and BioWare have confirmed a new entry in the Mass Effect series is in development, the game has not yet been officially revealed. As such, we're very light on actual details.

Luckily BioWare's developers are quite chatty and have given us some tiny morsels of information to use as jumping off points for wild spectulation and fantasising, which is what we do best here.

So, what do we know so far? Well, we know that it actually might not be called Mass Effect 4 and BioWare really doesn't like it when people call it that (for now, we're going to continue calling it that until there's an actual name, sorry BioWare).

Speaking to fans via the official BioWare forums, community manager Chris Priestly said that calling it Mass Effect 4 was doing the game a disservice.

"To call the next game Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here. We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her," he said.

"That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying 'well, they'll have to pick a canon ending'. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it."

Confirmation of a new Mass Effect project was first given in September 2012, when BioWare said it is in development alongside a new IP for "built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology".

"The Mass Effect universe is vast, and [Executive Producer Casey Hudson] and our teams have plans for another full game," confirmed BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn Flynn.

The sequel/prequel/whatever-it-is was teased in November 2013, when key staff, from series producer Michael Gamble to executive producer Casey Hudson and BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy, took to Twitter to post a number of images of staff at work on "the next chapter of Mass Effect".

EA has said BioWare Montreal is principal developer on the new Mass Effect, with original developer BioWare Edmonton now working on a brand new IP.

Interestingly, Mass Effect game will share "core systems" with Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, which will launch on October 7. While the release of a new Mass Effect is like some time away, the similarities mean that the next Dragon Age could be a good indication of what to expect.

In December 2012 it was reported thatMass Effect 4 release date will fall in the 'late 2014 to mid-2015' release window, but BioWare quickly debunked the rumor and branded the reports as inaccurate.

Although BioWare has since updated us to let us know the new Mass Effect is "somewhere in the middle" stage of development, we still haven't heard a peep about gameplay, story, setting or much of anything else for that matter.

What we want: Returning characters, multiplayer, more RPG hooks and more

Video: More of our Mass Effect 4 desires

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