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Mass Effect gets animated next summer

BioWare and EA announced a deal with FUNimation to produce a straight-to-DVD feature film based on the Mass Effect series. It's expected to hit stores in summer of 2012.

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The Mass Effect series is already pretty cinematic, but it's about to get even more so. BioWare and Electronic Arts announced a deal with FUNimation Entertainment today, to produce a Mass Effect anime movie. Work on the movie has already begun, and it's due in stores (not theaters) in summer of 2012. T.O Entertainment, which is also handling the Dragon Age anime, has signed on as co-producer.

The movie will take place within the Mass Effect universe, but the annoucment doesn't mention the series protagonist Shepard. More likely, this movie will expand the universe like the series of Drew Karpyshyn-penned novels, or the movies EA has financed to cross-promote Dead Space and Dante's Inferno.

"Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different media," said executive producer Casey Hudson. "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 movie might be good and all, but can you hit a button prompt to punch a reporter in the face? No. And that is why the games will always be better.

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    April 7, 2011 2:30 PM

    Comment on Mass Effect gets animated next summer, by Steve Watts.

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      April 7, 2011 2:32 PM

      As long as it doesn't look like anime lol then I'm game. I hate the Japanese look that a lot of new shows are adopting - ie, the new Thundercats cartoon coming out.

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        April 7, 2011 4:22 PM

        Considering that EA is working with FUNimation, it's probably going to be anime.

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        April 8, 2011 7:05 AM

        Wet, radioactive Mass Effect anime.

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      April 7, 2011 2:51 PM

      Summary: BioWare and EA announced a deal with FUNimation to produce a straight-to-DVD feature film based on the Mass Effect series. It's expected to hit stores in summer of 2012.

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      April 7, 2011 4:20 PM

      too bad it will be male sheppard.

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        April 7, 2011 4:21 PM

        might not be too bad if they replace the voice actor with someone that can act

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          April 8, 2011 1:26 AM

          i was surprised and shocked when i played it in english the first time. german sync is so much better (and this is normally not the case at all)

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            April 8, 2011 2:36 AM

            for fucks sake both German ME dubs are a joke. Get your ears checked man, that shit must be serious.

            First ME was a typical EA no fucking clue people ushered in from the streets job but the "effort" they put into ME2 was hilarious. Male Shepard sounds like a constipated old man with barely a hint of emotion throughout and Femshep... a really bored and sometimes angry local news reporter doesn't even begin to describe that shit.

            They even translated all the proper names and / or fucked with their pronunciation. His name isn't Gaah-ruse ffs.

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              April 8, 2011 4:04 AM

              i still think it is better than the enligsh version. i did not say that it is good btw :)

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                April 8, 2011 5:45 AM

                weird, IMO ME1's german dub is fine while the 2nd is ass - the english version was fine though

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      April 7, 2011 5:28 PM

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      April 7, 2011 6:26 PM

      These the same people that did the Dead Space movie?

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      April 8, 2011 6:21 AM

      I really like anime, but I don't see how an anime version of ME would work. o.O

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        April 8, 2011 6:41 AM

        It would work if they made it simply an "animated" version. More to the tune of Ghost in the Shell in art style and nothing like the cartoony stuff. I really like futuristic/realistic animation...as soon as a character's mouth takes up their entire head when they yell or their eyes turn into @-ish symbols, I lose interest immediately.

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        April 8, 2011 7:38 AM

        What do mean... Anime is a animation style and technique... Most likely will be Film shorts by different studies like BONES, Toei, etc, etc

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      April 8, 2011 10:02 AM

      Definitely not the direction I would have chosen.

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