New BioWare IP Could Release by Early 2018

Though they may be working on the final bits and pieces to Mass Effect: Andromeda, EA have stated that an entirely new IP by developer BioWare could release as early as March of next year. Speaking during the company’s Earnings Call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson stated that the as-yet-untitled new project will be a “clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics and new stories, set in a unique new universe.” When quizzed further about the finer details, Wilson responded by describing it as an action-adventure and less akin to the RPG formula previous Bioware games have been known for — adding that it has “the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title.”

BioWare head Aaryn Flynn elaborated on this, albeit only in minor parts, via the developer’s own blog by saying this new IP will “bring players together” and explaining the project started as early as 2012. Though little has been spoken of it in the public domain, BioWare have alluded to this new project in the past; in 2014, during EA’s E3 press conference, Bioware showed brief early concept footage alongside alpha footage of what would become Mass Effect: Andromeda. How far the concept/vision has moved in the past four years, let alone two years, is unknown. The studio’s current upcoming title, Mass Effect: Andromeda, launches for PS4, Xbox One & PC on March 21 in the States.