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.

14

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.

Editor-In-Chief
From The Chatty
  • reply
    April 7, 2011 2:30 PM

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

    • reply
      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.

      • reply
        April 7, 2011 4:22 PM

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

      • reply
        April 8, 2011 7:05 AM

        Wet, radioactive Mass Effect anime.

    • reply
      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.

    • reply
      April 7, 2011 4:20 PM

      too bad it will be male sheppard.

      • reply
        April 7, 2011 4:21 PM

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

        • reply
          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)

          • reply
            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.

            • reply
              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 :)

              • reply
                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

    • reply
      April 7, 2011 5:28 PM

      Weird, since when did FUNimation become an animation studio, as opposed to the place that just continually redubs Dragon Ball Z?

      • reply
        April 8, 2011 1:39 AM

        The answer is they aren't. The FUNimation / EA folks are kind of stretching the truth and the briefly mentioned T.O Entertainment will be handling the production. T.O has produced such mediocre filler as MM! and Sinkyoku Soukai Polyphonica as well as this seasons Freezing, but that being said they're alright at animation, just not spectacular.

    • reply
      April 7, 2011 6:26 PM

      These the same people that did the Dead Space movie?

    • reply
      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

      • reply
        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.

      • reply
        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

        • reply
          April 8, 2011 1:43 PM

          Anime just means animation and doesn't not mean a particular style. In English and other contexts it connotes animation from Japan, but anime comes in very wide range of styles using all kinds of tools and techniques. Take the Power Puff Girls inspired Panty Stocking and Garter Belt from GAINAX for instance [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZbGlVqKXTM ] or the wild sketches of Mind Game [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU4EfF85u60 ] or Miyazaki's various works.

          That being said, the vast majority of anime is heavily influenced by Osamu Tezuka's various works and a lot of the commercial filler you see today is pretty stock, but the same could be said about a lot of mediums.

    • reply
      April 8, 2011 10:02 AM

      Definitely not the direction I would have chosen.

      • reply
        April 8, 2011 1:46 PM

        The problem is making a decent live action of 3D CG feature costs an immense amount of money, while making a more traditionally animated feature is relatively cheap and the only place that has the production capacity for a traditionally animated feature is Korea and Japan (Europe makes animated features by pooling together large groups of production studios while North America just has Disney).

Hello, Meet Lola