EA's Mass Effect franchise was once one of the most-celebrated action-RPGs in the industry, earning huge critical acclaim and a dizzying number of rewards. However, the original Mass Effect trilogy concluded in 2012, and it was followed up by the lackluster Mass Effect: Andromeda. Things have been quiet on the Mass Effect front since then, but we now know that a new Mass Effect game is in active development at BioWare.
No additional information is available for the new Mass Effect game beyond that it is in development and that it is being directed by Mike Gamble. Gamble previously worked on Mass Effect 2, 3, their DLCs, and most recently, the controversial Anthem, as a producer. The new Mass Effect game is reportedly "in very early development," so fans shouldn't expect to see anything concrete on it anytime soon, and it will most likely be targeting next-generation platforms.
Gamble also worked on 2017's Mass Effect: Andromeda as a producer. Andromeda earned the lowest review scores of any Mass Effect game, with many complaining about technical issues and comparatively poor graphics. With Andromeda and Anthem being Gamble's latest game development credits, there may be some that are understandably weary about him directing the new Mass Effect game.
However, Gamble was also involved in the development of Mass Effect 2 and 3, both of which were critically-acclaimed games. Not only that, but the development of both Andromeda and Anthem were reportedly pretty messy, with other factors at work beyond Gamble's control.
Earlier this year, Kotaku revealed the messy development of Anthem, and how the game was more or less doomed to fail from the start. Kotaku is also the source of this information on a new Mass Effect game, as the publication has revealed plans for Anthem to get a complete overhaul. Fixing Anthem is is perhaps one way that BioWare will be able to win back some of its disgruntled fans, but another way would be to release a quality new Mass Effect game, not to mention the upcoming Dragon Age 4.
With BioWare's next game being Dragon Age 4, it will likely be quite some time until the new Mass Effect game is unveiled. But knowing that a new game in the series is in development at all may be enough to tide some fans over.
The new Mass Effect game is in development for unspecified platforms.