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BioWare's new game is story-driven, but won't be announced anytime soon

The studio is focused on Mass Effect Andromeda for the time being.


In an interview with Game Informer, BioWare manger Aaryn Flynn shared a good news/bad news scenario. The good, and obvious news: the studio's next game, a brand-new IP, will be rooted in storytelling.

The bad news: don't expect an announcement anytime soon.

"We're not going to talk about it until we're confident about what it's going to be and everything," said Flynn. "We've been doing reviews with [EA CEO Andrew Wilson], and I think he likes it. So, knock on wood, we'll keep working on it and we'll keep doing it."

Flynn went on to explain that BioWare is focused on finishing Mass Effect: Andromeda and "satisfying fans with that game."

On the bright side, the new game—in development by members of 2003's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic—has been playable since 2013. In fact, Flynn said EA's Andrew Wilson was surprised at how "more done" it is, given its nascence.

Knights of the Old Republic.

Coming up with a new property was difficult for BioWare's development team, who had to decide where their focus on the game should lie. Unsurprisingly, they landed on narrative.

"And for us, what we said was we're BioWare, so we have a certain kind of game that we love making and we know our fans would love, so we started with that and that's a game that has as its heart stories and storytelling. So we decided we're going to stick with that. We're not just going to walk away from that."

Flynn went on to say that "It's a privilege to get to work on new IP. It's one of those once every ten years kind of a thing that you get to do."

BioWare announced its new IP back in 2012. Meanwhile, Mass Effect: Andromeda is due to release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC in 2017. Like Mass Effect 3, it will contain a multiplayer mode with ties to its single-player campaign.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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