The next game in the Mass Effect franchise is "already in development" and will reportedly run using the Frostbite game engine, the same engine used in DICE's Battlefield 3.
Speaking on the BioWare blog, BioWare Montreal Studio Director Yanick Roy detailed the change in control over the Mass Effect game franchise. What was once BioWare Edmonton's duties has now shifted to BioWare Montreal, but it's not the studio's first run with the popular franchise.
In fact, BioWare Montreal, as Roy points out, previously worked on Mass Effect 2 DLC and some of the game's secondary N7 missions. Additionally, the studio took charge of the multiplayer portion of Mass Effect 3 as well as "significant contributions" to the single-player campaign. Their most recent work has been on the upcoming DLC, Mass Effect 3: Omega.
Now, their attention turns to Mass Effect 4, the next installment that is "already in development".
"This is the goal we have been working toward for years now, and every member of our team is proud, excited, and humbled to take on the responsibility for the next game," Roy said.
He didn't go into too much detail, but did say that the game will b built with the technology of Frostbite "as its foundation, enhanced by many of the systems that the Dragon Age 3 team has already spent a lot of time building."
"Now that the core of our team is in place, the next step for us is to have the BioWare Montreal studio grow at an accelerated pace over the next year as we build a team large enough to support the production of what we know is going to be an amazing game in the franchise," he concluded. On that note, BioWare Montreal is currently looking for people to work on Mass Effect 4; you can view the job listings here.
"We’re all looking forward to telling you more about this next Mass Effect game, but it’s probably going to be quite a while before you hear from us again. We know you have high expectations for the franchise and we want to make sure whatever we show you lives up to those expectations."