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The Mass Effect franchise has been in deep stasis since 2017's Mass Effect: Andromeda. The much-maligned release was considered by many to be far short of BioWare's previous efforts, and sales suffered accordingly. One dodgy game doesn't mean the entire franchise is over though, and Mass Effect game director Casey Hudson has just given us all fresh hope for the future.
While celebrating N7 Day yesterday (a big day for the Mass Effect community), Hudson took to Twitter to share some unused concept art from the original game. More than that though, he shared the sentiment we were all waiting to hear, explaining that BioWare has so many ideas and stories left to tell in Mass Effect.
Okay, so I guess technically we were all waiting to hear about actual confirmation of a new game or remastered trilogy... but I take what I can get. Feast your eyes on that sweet concept art.
This isn't the first time we've had reassurance from BioWare that Mass Effect will return someday, but it is perhaps the most reassuring. A few months back, BioWare executive producer Mike Darrah also told Polygon that there's plenty left to see in the Mass Effect universe.
"We're definitely not done with Mass Effect," he explained. "There's a lot of stories to be told. We could pull on the threads we put down with Andromeda; we could pull on threads from Mass Effect 3. There's a lot of interesting space to be explored."
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Hudson also chimed in at the time with his thoughts, revealing that he thinks the Mass Effect franchise is still "very much alive".
"I'm thinking all the time about things that I think will be great," he said. "It's just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can."
BioWare staff continuing to tell us that the franchise is coming back is all well and good of course, but I think at this point we'd all just like to see or hear something a little more official.
There were some suggestions that BioWare would use N7 day to unveil a remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy, but this came to nothing. With that said, we can't rule it out completely. EA recently confirmed that it has several exciting remasters of fan-favourite franchises in development, after all.
Could there be something more to Casey sharing concept art for the original trilogy? Are Mass Effect fans starved for news and desperate for any scraps they can get their hands on at this stage? I can answer one of those questions for certain, but I'll leave both to your imagination for now.
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