BioWare, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Mass Effect series, has released some new goodies to the fanbase.
According to their blog post, the celebration this year focuses on all the games of the series, including a massive live-stream event going through all four games over the next few days. A particular note is the Mass Effect Archives, which will allow players to "relive through their favorite moments through the Mass Effect series." The archives works similar to the world-state saving found in Dragon Age Keep, where players will be able to save various world states that can then be uploaded online.
The Mass Effect Archives also feature extra features over Dragon Age Keep, including free downloads to the Mass Effect: Andromeda and Mass Effect 3 soundtracks, an archive of all the Mass Effect Dark Horse Comics to purchase, and a Ryder gallery to view uploaded Ryder creations that you can then import into your own game.
BioWare also released a short YouTube video going through some of the history and impact of Mass Effect, with interviews with Casey Hudson, creative director Preston Watamaniuk, Senior Writer Cathleen Rootsaert, and of course, Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale. We also see several content creators in the video, including Eric Anderson (BioFan) and Brit Brombacher (BlondeNerd).
Be sure to check out the Mass Effect streams for more information, and our own celebration of the franchise where we interview members of the BioWare fanbase to hear from them what they think of the series.
Quick TakeThere is a very somber tone regarding Mass Effect this year, mostly because of the presumption that we won't see the series ever again after the shortcomings of Mass Effect: Andromeda lead to the cancellation of any DLC. Yet I have to admit, the fact that the Mass Effect Archive was released, it does give a bit of hope in the end, at least for me. After all, if no games are coming in the future, why are we able to create world states like Dragon Age, especially since this links the original trilogy with Andromeda in a much more detailed way than before.
Unless this is just dumping the feature, it is a nice little hint that more games will likely be on the horizon, although we may have to wait a while as Anthem is currently on deck for BioWare, and the next Dragon Age is rumored to not be too far behind. Still, I am hopeful for the future, sometimes that bit of optimism does go a long way, regardless of how cynical we get.
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