It's been a rough few years for BioWare. There was a time when the EA-owned developer was one of the most celebrated studios out there, delivering smash RPG after smash RPG. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic. Mass Effect 2. Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Things started to turn sour in 2017 with the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. While by no means a bad game, it failed to live up to the standards of its predecessors. Then came Anthem in 2019. The online multiplayer adventure was doomed from the start. A disastrous launch, low player numbers, and a lack of any meaningful updates led to EA officially closing the book on the game earlier this year.
But there is hope on the horizon. The recently released Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has reminded players everywhere what BioWare can do when it's firing on all cylinders, and the in-development Mass Effect and Dragon Age sequels are set to be all about single-player RPG goodness.
Take a look at the Mass Effect 5 trailer below:
All in all, it's looking like a bold new chapter for BioWare, and the studio has a newly appointed general manager to help the studio once again do what it does best. Over on the official BioWare website, the studio confirmed that former interim general manager Gary McKay has taken on the role permanently.
"For me, success is all about rebuilding that reputation, and delivering on that promise of quality," McKay in a statement, in a clear reference to Anthem and the studio's recent years.
"I started my career in the industry with EA back in 1998, and it was so exciting to see the studio and company grow in the early days. I spent the next seven years with EA before moving on. But now you could say I've come full circle. This studio is unique in that it has an incredible history of building critically successful games and universes that are truly beloved by so many fans."
Looking to the BioWare's future, McKay said in a blog post that the company is now "laser-focused on releasing the types of games BioWare has built a reputation on," he says: "high-quality console, PC, and online RPG games with rich stories, unforgettable characters, and vast worlds."
"We continue to work on the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect," he continued. "And this is a milestone year being the 10th anniversary with more to come from Star Wars: The Old Republic."
Let's hope McKay and BioWare can deliver, and take the iconic studio to bold new heights.
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