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Mass Effect 4 LEAKS: Release Date, Andromeda 2 Rumours, Bioware Teaser Images, and Everything You Need To Know

A new Mass Effect game is in the works!

We’re here to breakdown everything we know about it, including leaks, rumours and teasers!

The title isn’t officially known yet, so we’ll be calling it Mass Effect 4 until we have an official name.

Here’s what you need to know about Mass Effect 4.

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Bioware legends rejoin the studio – December 16

As spotted by GameInformer, Bioware has recruited some its most famous alumni to help with the project.

Dusty Everman is the game's principal narrative designer, having previously worked at the studio between 2003 and 2015.

Parish Ley has been at the studio for 14 years, and the cinematic director of the original Mass Effect trilogy is back as creative director, and while Brenon Holmes, a six-year veteran of Bioware is also on the Mass Effect project.

Finally, the game's art director will be Derek Watts, with Watts having worked on the original trilogy too.

Game Awards 2020 Trailer - December 11

At The Game Awards 2020 we were treated to a sneaky trailer!

Last World Premiere of the night!! The new @MassEffect looks AMAZING. @Bioware#TheGameAwardspic.twitter.com/API9wWZ36o
— The Game Awards (@thegameawards)
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December 11, 2020

Not too much was given away, nothing if we're wholeylybut it's at least a little bit more for fans to enjoy.

Key Staff Members Leave Bioware - December 3

Casey Hudson, Bioware's General Manager, and Mark Darrah, the executive producer on the upcoming Dragon Age 4, have both left the studio.

As noted by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, the departure is an abrupt one.

Wow. The studio head of BioWare and executive producer of Dragon Age 4 have both abruptly resigned https://t.co/t6cCFAfWIA
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier)
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December 3, 2020

Hudson began at Bioware in 1998, before leaving to go to Microsoft in 2014 and returning to the company in 2017.

Darrah has been an executive producer on every mainly Dragon Age title.

Release Date

Currently, there is no known release date for the next Mass Effect game.

On the 2020 N7 day BioWare boss Casey Hudson had this to say in a blog post, “Meanwhile here at BioWare, a veteran team has been hard at work envisioning the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe.”

"We are in early stages on the project and can't say any more just yet, but we're looking forward to sharing our vision for where we'll be going next."

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Based on these comments, we’d place the date as late 2021 at the earliest.

Mostly like we expect a date sometime 2022, but we’ll keep you updated when we know more!

Teasers

Alongside the blog post, we’ve also been treated to this image called the Mud Skipper.

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Does this look like the Ghost from SW: Rebels to anyone else?

Since then we’ve also been treated to the image from BioWare: Stories and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development.

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Ooo dark silhouettes, so informative!

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A Relay! To another world or more of the one we know?

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New Remnant structures? Maybe!

They were presented alongside the Mudskipper image above, and part of that ship can even be seen in the first of these images.

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All the images suggest a return to Andromeda.

The first image has a silhouette which looks like an Angaran, an Andromeda-native species.

The relay in the second image could imply that new areas of Andromeda could become available, or that we may be able to relay between both Andromeda and another galaxy, like the Milky Way or elsewhere.

And the Remnant structures, as shown in image 3, were all over Andromeda. This new image could suggest again that we’ll be staying in Andromeda. Though perhaps we’ll see some new planets and locations this time around!