Many years ago, in the darkness that was 2004 (or 2005), I took an online survey. I'd received an email from BioWare probably because I'd registered for their forums way back even before Mass Effect was a twinkle in their eye. It was regarding a possible Jade Empire 2. I'd loved Jade Empire and was excited at the prospect the survey represented - namely, that BioWare was going to make Jade Empire 2. Sadly, that never happened.
What definitely is happening, however, is Mass Effect 4 (I'm just calling it that now because it's easier than that stupid [untitled] crap I was trying out before). It would appear that BioWare has issued another survey. The details of which have been leaked and much of Mass Effect 4 can be gleaned from it - if it's real. Right now we have no idea. However, to me it sounds pretty legit.
The most interesting detail is that Mass Effect 4 will be a sequel and it won't take place in the Milky Way galaxy. Instead, it takes place in the Andromeda galaxy - more specifically in the fictional Helius Cluster which encompasses hundreds of star systems. Your playable character is a so-called pathfinder tasked with scouting out new planets for the races of the Milky Way to colonize.
There are hundreds of planets you can fly to in your new upgradeable starship, Tempest, scan, land on, and explore in the new upgradeable Mako. Furthermore, you're supposed to be able to do all your flying to, landing on, and exploring without sitting through loading screens.
Size-wise, Mass Effect 4 is supposed to be 4 times as big as Mass Effect 3. So I guess you could call that "Dragon Age Inquisition" big.
The two new alien races that are mentioned in the leak are the Khet, who seem like the game's main antagonists (like the Geth in the original Mass Effect), and the Remnant. The Remnant are possibly extinct and have left lots of tech caches for the playable character to find. These Remnant Vault Raids will be a new mission type that will reward players with loot and Star Keys, which are used to unlock Orbital Facilities that award stat bonuses and "narrative acclaim."
Mass Effect 4 will also feature something similar to Dragon Age Inquisition's war table where you can send strike teams on timed missions. You can also do Active Strike Teams using multiplayer characters. You'll even have the option to join other player's Strike Teams.
The other two game modes are Horde Mode which will be similar to ME3's multiplayer and Khet Outposts which will function like single-player Horde Mode and will reduce Khet power in the area.
Finally, you'll be able to customize the way you colonize planets, with each kind of colony offering a certain bonus. Mass Effect 4 will also feature branching dialogue, party members, and skill trees just like anyone who has played Mass Effect will recognize.
So, for me, if this leak is real then I'm very excited for Mass Effect 4 (well, even more excited). It really seems heavily influenced by Dragon Age Inquisition and that's okay by me. Honestly, I'm just happy it's not a prequel. I hate prequels.
Ed Boon loves to mess with Mortal Kombat fans. The man has been teasing and trolling us on the Internet since the earliest days of the franchise in some way or another. That certainly isn’t going to change any time soon.
Recently, a fan posted a question to Boon on Twitter, wanting to know if there was a chance that we would see some of the NPC’s from the story mode of Mortal Kombat X would be released as DLC at a later date. Ed never answered the question directly, but replied with a question of his own, asking if he meant something like a “Story Pack”.
That seems like a rather official title if you ask me, especially in the manner in which he wrote out its name. Considering the amount of work that went into crafting these characters into a fighting form for the story, it shouldn’t take too much to make them officially playable. Modders have already been able to activate them on the PC version with some trickery in the game’s code. I surely wouldn’t complain if we saw any combination of Rain, Sindel, and or Fujin make their way to the game’s roster.
If you were itching to continue on after The Evil Within: The Assignment, then your wait is over. Below you will find a trailer for The Evil Within: Consequence, picking up at the end of The Assignment and available today! Juli Kidman and Sebastian Castellanos will make their return as they attempt to answer some of the questions surrounding Juli's whereabouts during The Evil Within. New enemies and new mysteries will be discovered in this new playthrough, but if you still need a reason to pick it up, check out the trailer before purchasing the next chapter.
We have known for awhile now that Splatoon would be available to Wii U owners on May 29, but now we've learned that Nintendo is releasing the title as part of a bundle package exclusive to retail giant Best Buy. On May 29, the "Big Blue Box" will have these exclusive bundles available for $299.99. Nintendoland, as expected, will also come with the bundle pre-loaded onto the console while the anticipated shooter will be available via a download code that is included with the package.
If you want Splatoon on its own, you will still be able to pick it up separately on the same day for the expected retail price of $59.99.
The road to Star Wars: Battlefront’s November 17 release date may seem like a long one but EA and the development team are looking to help it go by a little quicker. DICE has released the first in what appears to be a full series of Developer Diaries chronicling the creation of the game. We still don’t get to see the gameplay that we are all waiting for, but we at least are getting some insight into just how authentic of an experience DICE is hoping to craft for fans.
Check it out:
Electronic Arts used to be the ones that published Rock Band games, but for the fourth installment, there will be someone different.
Mad Catz has announced they will be co-publishing Rock Band 4, due out later this year on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Harmonix is taking care of the digital side of things while Mad Catz will handle the retail, promotion, and distribution of the game.
Of course, Mad Catz has been making instruments for the series for a while now and they will continue to do that for Rock Band 4. The partnership is now extended with the co-publishing role that will hopefully benefit all parties involved.
As we get into the NBA playoffs, 2K has simulated every round of the playoffs to predict this year's champion using NBA 2K15. The full simulated bracket is below and has the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals. I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest follower of basketball outside of the NCAA playoffs, but this is one prediction I'd like to see proven false so we can have an Ohio team win a pro championship...because at the rate the Reds and Indians are going right now it's not looking too good for baseball this year.
It's officially official: BioWare's Star Wars games aren't part of Disney's Star Wars canon.
We've known for a while that Disney took an axe to the Extended Universe, instead referring to it as "Legacy", but whether both Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic were chopped from official lore wasn't clear. It is now.
The news came during a Q&A session where creative executive Pablo Hidalgo made clear where both the 2003 RPG and 2011 MMO stood in regards to canon.
"Are the Old Republic expansions canon?" A fan asked.
Hidalgo replied: "No — BioWare 'has created their own universe that is so fantastic,' we're not going to change it."
Developer Rogue Factor has announced that turn-based role-playing game Mordheim: City of the Damned has received a massive content update with Early Access Phase 5. Update features include The Cult of the Possessed now receive random mutations when leveling up, Rune system for enchanting weapons and equipment, in-game chat system, combat log, and other various tweaks. In addition, new unique and procedural maps have been added.
Future plans for features include further customization, consumable items, and Warband leveling. Mordheim: City of the Damned is now available on Steam as an early access title.