During EA’s investor meeting the CEO Andrew Wilson announced that BioWare are making a brand new IP that will be playable by 2018. Andrew described it as an action adventure title set in a “unique new universe”, so we perhaps shouldn’t expect to see another RPG.
Wilson elaborated a bit more on the plans for the new IP by stating:
[quote]At the end of the fiscal year, our BioWare studio will be delivering an all-new IP. A clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe. This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in exhilarating new ways. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience.[/quote]
The term “genre melding” was also used during the meeting further cementing the fact that it would not be an RPG.
BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn expanded on Wilson’s comments on the BioWare Blog:
[quote]As we’re working hard to finish Mass Effect: Andromeda, I wanted to take a minute to talk about our new IP. As our CEO Andrew Wilson mentioned, we’re creating a unique IP that will bring players together in exciting new ways. There’s much more to say in the coming months, but for now, I wanted to offer this additional background.
In 2012, we began crafting a new universe full of new characters, stories, and gameplay. Our ambition is simple: Draw upon 20+ years of development knowledge and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends. There’s nothing quite as exciting as building a new IP from scratch, and it will be even more thrilling for us to share more with you in the future.[/quote]
We’re just as thrilled to experience a new IP from a company that has developed many great titles over the past 2 decades. Will it be as action packed as MDK, tossed into a melting pot with compelling story like Dragon Age, set in a universe as expansive as Mass Effect? Is BioWare venturing into the non-traditional RPG arena? Who knows, but, you can’t deny that these are exciting times.
Share your thoughts on BioWare’s announcement of a new IP and whether you think they should stick to their perceived main profession of crafting RPGs.