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BioWare is “Definitely Not Done With Mass Effect”



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In a recent profile session with Polygon, Anthem‘s executive producer Mike Darrah and BioWare general manager Casey Hudson revealed that the studio is nowhere near done with the Mass Effect series.

Following Mass Effect 3‘s mixed ending and Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s lukewarm reception, fans assumed that EA—and by extension BioWare—had cooled the series indefinitely. Darrah, however, said some words that would be music to Turian and Asari fans everywhere:

“We’re definitely not done with Mass Effect. There’s a lot of stories to be told. We could pull on the threads we put down with Andromeda; we could pull on threads from Mass Effect 3. There’s a lot of interesting space to be explored.”

Hudson, too, supported Darrah’s statement, revealing that he is “thinking all the time about things that I think will be great. It’s just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can.”

In recent months, a succession of news stories has come out regarding Andromeda‘s troubled development and doomed prospects. From the complete lack of post-launch plans to discussions about how Frostbite impacted the title, discussion about the series has been rife. Hudson, though, has repeatedly stated that the series is long from dead.

BioWare’s next project, following the long-term cradling of Anthem, will likely be Dragon Age related, so Mass Effect fans will have to wait a bit longer yet. For the higher-ups to be talking so openly about the series is a positive step, however. Hopefully, Mass Effect will ignore Anthem and stick to its single-player roots during its next trip to space.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players



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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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