Mass Effect 4 at Honorcon 2014

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According to Canadian developer, BioWare, the next entry into the beloved Mass Effect series 

According to Canadian developer, BioWare, the next entry into the beloved Mass Effect series (Mass Effect 3‘s ending aside) is still a considerable ways off in terms of an official release date, however, the press and public alike continue to speculate on what Mass Effect 4 may bring to the proverbial gaming table.

 

Fortunately for Mass Effect fans around the world, some new developments regarding the series’ follow-up, Mass Effect 4, may arise from this year’s Raleigh, North Carolina-based military science fiction convention, Honorcon, where the game will be featured in a panel – “Science Fiction in Video Gaming.”

 

Honorcon 2014’s official website states the following in regards to the aforementioned panel:

“From the earliest video games (Spacewar!) to the current crop of games for the most recent consoles (Mass Effect 4 anyone?), science Fiction has played a huge role in the stories and universes in video gaming. Follow us as we take you back in time and towards the future of Science Fiction in videogames. Presented by Richard Dansky and Gerry Martin.”


Furthermore, one of the panelists, Gerry Martin, tweeted about Mass Effect 4 and the Honorcon 2014 panel, which can be seen below:

 

According to their official website Honorcon 2014 is about “celebrating military science fiction literature,” and will be held from October 31st to November 2nd, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

In related news, the next entry into the Mass Effect universe will most likely not be called Mass Effect 4, with BioWare’s community manager, Chris Priestly stating:

“To call the next game ‘Mass Effect 4′ or ‘ME4′ is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here. We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying ‘well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending.’ No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it. I do not call the game ME4 when I talk about it ever, [because] that makes people think of it more as ‘what happens after ‘Mass Effect 3′ rather than ‘what game happens next set in the ‘Mass Effect’ Universe. Obviously fans are going to speculate content, character and story until we actually reveal details in the years or months to come as you have almost no actual details, just don’t get bogged down in ‘well how are they going to continue ME3.”


The above statement was then added to by BioWare Edmonton chief, Yanick Roy:

“What Chris is saying is that thinking of the next ‘Mass Effect’ game as ‘Mass Effect 4′ would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games. Story-wise, the arc of the first trilogy has also been concluded, and what we will do is tell a new story set in the ‘Mass Effect’ universe. That doesn’t mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won’t get recognized, but they likely won’t be what this new story will focus on. I apologize for being cryptic right now, but it’s early enough in development that we don’t have much to share – things still fluctuate quite a bit.”

 

What are your thoughts on Mass Effect 4‘s Honorcon 2014 feature? Given that the convention is not a widely known one, what type of news or developments do you think will arise from it?

 

Are you excited for Mass Effect 4, or has BioWare lost your business due to their shoddy handling of the last entry into the Mass Effect franchise?

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