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Mass Effect 4 will use Frostbite 2

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If nothing else, the upcoming Mass Effect 4 will look pretty, as it’ll be making use of EA’s Frostbite 2 engine.

Yanick Roy, studio director at Bioware Montreal, stated in a recent blog post that the upcoming Mass Effect title will not only use the engine, but will also incorporate mechanics being developed for Dragon Age III, of which are unknown at the moment.

There is really not much I can tell you about the game right now, except that it will be built with the amazing technology of Frostbite as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age III team has already spent a lot of time building.

Bioware Montreal also has a job listings page, where the description for the Engine Programmer role has mysteriously “either been deleted or is no longer available.”

How do you feel about this, single-players? Lately, Frostbite 2 has been used more for shooters than anything else, so could this mean that the series is straying further from its RPG roots? Stay tuned for more news on Mass Effect 4.

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How Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Creates a Living World

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

The long-awaited Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 aims to buck the trend of bloated open worlds by giving the world a sense of dynamism.

Speaking to Polygon recently, the game’s narrative lead Brian Mitsoda and senior writer Cara Ellison explained how the team at Hardsuit Labs is bringing the Seattle nights to life.

One of the tropes that the developer is attempting to avoid is that where, in RPGs, “everybody is kind of waiting around for the hero to get there,” according to Mitsoda. Instead, he says that “you have to have characters that feel like they’re part of a world, that they’re not just there for the player’s benefit.” Details on how that will be handled, however, were not forthcoming.

Beyond the characters, though is the world, which Ellison says will be affected by the player’s actions: “[O]ne of the ways that we look at our world is that we are trying to make it really reactive to the way that you play and how you act as a vampire. The more that you break the Masquerade, the more consequences are going to come your way.”

That feedback loop will be important, as feeding on NPCs is the primary method through which the player gains strength. The blood of NPCs carries what the game terms emotional resonance, which is used to power up both active and passive skills.

Speaking about how that plays into the wider world, Mitsoda explains that “You’re always kind of on the hunt, and it’s one of the big parts of the side activities in the game. You’re skulking around on the tops of roofs and looking around for people with strong resonance and figuring out how to best get them in a position where you can feed on them without breaking the Masquerade.”

Since the game’s unveiling back in March, Hardsuit Labs and publisher Paradox Interactive have been releasing details on the game’s factions, the latest of which is the Ventrue. Meanwhile, a narrative RPG based on Vampire: The Masquerade from The Council developer Big Bad Wolf is also in development.

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