Next Mass Effect will ditch open world and return to series’ “classic format”, insider teases

Mass Effect developer BioWare is making changes to the upcoming Mass Effect 4 game by moving away from an open-world approach and returning to its classic format. According to insider information from Window Central’s Jez Corden, BioWare plans to streamline the world of Mass Effect 4 and focus on the franchise’s traditional gameplay.

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Corden revealed this news during the latest episode of his podcast, The Xbox Two Podcast, while discussing the advantages and disadvantages of established studios sticking to their tried-and-true development methods versus taking risks and innovating. He pointed to Bethesda’s success with Starfield and their use of familiar elements from their previous games. This led him to reflect on the Mass Effect franchise, which achieved great success with its first three games but struggled with the reception of Andromeda.

According to Corden, “I’ve heard that Mass Effect is ditching open world and going back to its classic format. I don’t know if that’s accurate, 100 per cent, but it’s an industry rumour.” While this may not be substantial evidence, it has sparked excitement among Mass Effect fans who have been hoping for a return to the series’ roots. We will provide updates if we receive further confirmation or information about this possible change in direction.

Bertie, in his feature article “Making Mass Effect,” expresses admiration for BioWare’s ambitious trilogy concept and the unique storytelling possibilities it offered. He wonders if BioWare will ever create another trilogy of games, acknowledging the rarity of such a comprehensive and interconnected narrative. The Mass Effect trilogy holds a special place in gaming history, and its impact is now more apparent considering the lack of similar endeavors by other studios.