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Platform 360, Win, PS3 Publisher Microsoft Game Studios Developer BioWare Release Date 2007-11-20

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Mass Effect lead Casey Hudson leaves BioWare

BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson has left the company after 16 years, according to a post on the BioWare blog, to move on to "a new stage" of his career. Hudson was the executive producer of the Mass Effect series at BioWare. He started his career at BioWare as a technical artist on Neverwinter Nights and MDK2, and served as project director on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. "After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare," Hudson said in a memo to BioWare employees. "I'll take a much needed break, get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life, and eventually, take on a new set of challenges. Must Read The long, strange journey of BioWare's...

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The nightmare is over: They're not coming for your games

"I got this message from a reader and it was pretty well-worded, and well thought-out … but what he was saying is, essentially, ‘well, Carolyn, you shouldn’t have given Gone Home such a high score because if game designers see games like Gone Home getting so much acclaim then we’re not going to have traditional games anymore!’" Time and again, this leitmotif of gamer-speak arises: the idea that someone, somewhere is going to take your games away. A "terror dream" that sees us reliving the paternalist past and lashing out at all criticism in hopes of keeping the grasping hands of the censor at bay. They’re not coming for you The writer and independent game designer Autumn Nicole Bradley helped develop this idea in conversation with me, as a way of uniting the whole of gamer history...

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BioWare to discuss the making of the next Mass Effect at Comic Con 2014

BioWare Edmonton and Montreal studios will be attending this year's Comic-Con 2014 to discuss the development of the upcoming Mass Effect release, it was confirmed in the schedule for the official Comic Con International. According to the event description, panelists including lead animator Carl Boulay, producers Fabrice Condominas and Mike Gamble, senior artist Noel Lukasewich and community manager Jessica Merizan will share their experiences of shaping the next game in the series. Information about the next Mass Effect title remains scant so far. In Feb. 2013, Bioware community manager Chris Priestly wrote on the franchise forums that calling the upcoming title Mass Effect 4 is doing the series a "disservice" because the story of Commander Shepard is over. The next game is not a...

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Is that Mass Effect's Garrus in Doctor Who?

BioWare's Mass Effect series has made a deep impact on modern science fiction and the way we see and tell stories set in outer space. But a recent new alien teased in a trailer for the newest season of Doctor Who looks nearly identical to one of its most popular characters, as spotted by Eurogamer. Imagine the scenario: the Doctor (now in his 12th incarnation) and companion Clara sprinting down the corridor of some massive spaceship, rounding a corner and running into none other than Garrus Vakarian, turian agent and one of Commander Shepard's loyal companions. At least, that's who the alien in the above screengrab resembles. Finding the Doctor on the Normandy or paling around with turians would make total sense. We're not sure if Clara and Kaiden would get along very well. And would D...

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Mass Effect 2 writer Chris L'Etoile is penning EA's new narrative MOBA Dawngate

Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 writer Chris L'Etoile is the man penning the story for Electronic Arts' narrative-centric massive online battle arena title Dawngate, developer Waystone Games told Polygon today during this week's E3 conference. The lore-driven game will feature an ongoing and online graphic novel that is at the centre of Dawngate's "Living Lore" story arc which mirrors events triggered by players. The result is essentially a "crowd sourced choose-your-own-adventure," lead producer Dave Cerra told us, with players helping to make decision on how the story unfolds. Dawngate is currently in beta as of May this year, and already has hundreds of thousands of players, says Cerra. It's with this growing user base in mind that the game studio is readying itself for an eventual...

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Dark Souls 2 and South Park: The Stick of Truth on offer in PlayStation RPG sale

Sony has announced a sale of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita role-playing games, for the week ahead. Among the offers are Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, down from $19.99 to $4.99. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is down from $39.99 to $19.99. Ubisoft's recently released South Park: The Stick of Truth is now $41.99 instead of $59.99 while Dark Souls 2 is down from $59.99 to $38.99. Mass Effect, Final Fantasy and Tales games are also on offer. "We're putting some awesome games and add-ons on sale as part of our newest sale," stated a Sony post at PlayStation Blog, which is running a full list of deals. "Never played an RPG before? Now's the perfect time." The sale runs from now until Friday June 6 at 12:00PM Pacific.

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This Mass Effect collectible stands 21 inches tall, costs $350

Fans of Mass Effect may be interested in a forthcoming, 21-inch tall collectible statue of Garrus Vakarian, the erstwhile Turian who fought alongside Commander Shepard throughout the space RPG's trilogy. However, they may need to consider their finances first. Garrus Vakarian's 1/4 scale figurine runs $350, and will be limited to just 500 pieces worldwide. Maker Gaming Heads announced this week that pre-orders have opened, with a release planned for early 2015. Gurjeet Singh is the statue's artist. Garrus Vakarian comes with an Incisor sniper rifle and a Phaeston assault rifle; the weapons are swappable. He is the first piece in Gaming Heads' new line of Mass Effect collectible statues. There are many more pictures of the figurine at the link.

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Assassin's Creed 3 animation director Jonathan Cooper heads to Naughty Dog

Animator Jonathan Cooper, best known for his work as animation director on Assassin's Creed 3 and lead animator on both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, has begun working for developer Naughty Dog, according to an update to his LinkedIn profile caught by Game Informer. Cooper's profile on the jobs website also notes an unannounced Ubisoft project that the animator worked on before leaving the studio. Cooper was said to be working on "prototyping a revolutionary new kind of navigation system for next-gen systems." His hiring at Naughty Dog follows a number of resignations at the company, including Uncharted 4 game director Justin Richmond and series creative director Amy Hennig, both of whom recently left the company. Richmond has since gone on to join League of Legends studio Riot...

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Meet the people improving video games one line at a time

Every line of dialog the player chooses to speak, every character the player romances, every character the player doesn't romance, every encounter they have, every encounter they don't have — these details are carefully noted so the game can respond to the player's actions accordingly. Players of the Mass Effect series will often refer to their avatar Commander Shepard as "My Shepard," a testament to the care the developers put into making players feel invested in their character. But it takes more than care to pull together an elaborate story that draws players into the game and keeps them there. Video games are often made by teams of writers, designers, programmers, artists and producers, but there's an important role that is often over-looked, forgotten and, in some studios,...

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Bioware explores Dragon Age and Mass Effect at this year's PAX East

Bioware's PAX East schedule is live, with weekend-long panels on Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises, developer signings and industry representatives discussing how to break into the games industry. This year's panels will include "Behind the Scenes: Getting A Job at Bioware," "From Relay to Relay: Exploring the Mass Effect Universe" and "Dragon Age Inquisition: The Open World of Thedas". A number of developers and staff from Bioware will be in attendance this year, including Mass Effect writer Cathleen Rootsaert, Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw and community manager Jessica Merizan. Details of the full PAX 2014 schedule of panels, events, tournaments and other special sessions can be viewed in full here. You can view the BioWare schedule below. Events kick off at 10...

Mass Effect Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 11/20/2007
    • Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
    • Developer BioWare
  • Windows
    • Released 05/28/2008
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 12/31/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
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