Mass Effect 5 — everything we know so far till now

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Here is all we currently know about Mass Effect 5

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There isn’t much fresh information available about what we’ve named Mass Effect 5, aka the upcoming Mass Effect game, other than a teaser image and a brief trailer.

Instead of a prequel series, we anticipate it to be a sequel to the events covered in Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Unfortunately, since the game is still in early development and hasn’t been mentioned in any gaming displays this year, we doubt we’ll hear anything about it very soon.

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Nevertheless, here is everything we currently know about Mass Effect 5 along with some wholesome conjecture for good measure.

Mass Effect 5 release date speculation

Although a release date has not yet been set, we do know that the game is on the way. We probably have to wait a few years based on Bioware’s Casey Hudson’s claim that the game is still in its “early phases.”

As a result, we’d hazard a guess that we might learn more about Mass Effect 5 this year. However, it wouldn’t surprise us if it appeared in 2023 or even 2024.

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Mass Effect 5 trailer

There is only one Mass Effect 5 trailer available for now. This, which made its debut at the Game Awards, had Liara T’soni, a companion from the first three films, exploring a cold wasteland and discovering some armor bearing the N7 emblem.

Given the longevity of the Asari, the alien race to whom Liara belongs, this strongly suggests that the game is a direct sequel to Mass Effect 3. However, the story wouldn’t have to continue right after Shepherd fought the Reapers because of the Asari’s lengthy lifespan.

Mass Effect 5 story and setting

Although Hudson’s N7 Day article mostly focused on the impending Legendary Edition remake of the first three Mass Effect games (see below), we were given a sneak peek at some concept art.

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“XT8” is written on the side of the spacecraft in the concept art. The Alliance, the human group in the game, uses this naming scheme for its vehicles in the Mass Effect universe.

We can assume that the next game will be a sequel to Mass Effect: Andromeda because it employs two letters and one number, similar to the ND1 Nomad in that game, as opposed to the two-number designations of original trilogy ships like the M35 Mako, M44 Hammerhead, and UT-47 Kodiak. After traveling for 600 years, mankind and other races from the Milky Way galaxy finally arrive in the Andromeda galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

This is consistent with Imogen Beckhelling of Rock Paper Shotgun’s intriguing suggestion that one of the silhouetted figures in the background may be an Angara, a race of aliens first encountered in Andromeda.

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On the other hand, it might simply imply that this spacecraft is a property of a non-military group like the Andromeda initiative. As a result, we are unable to determine if Mass Effect 5 is an Andromeda sequel or a different game set in the Milky Way. However, it might also imply that, wherever the next game is situated, there won’t be as much of an emphasis on the galaxy’s military and political elite as the first three games were.

Mass Effect 5 gameplay

Although we haven’t seen any gameplay of Mass Effect 5, we still have great expectations for the game. The first few installments of the Mass Effect series combined dialogue, character interactions, third-person action, and role-playing systems. Then some light exploration was poured on top of it.

This combination produced a series of games that felt well-taught and thrilling from beginning to end. However, Mass Effect: Andromeda attempted to embrace a more open-world approach, which resulted in a ton of busy work and game bloat that detracted from the overall experience.

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We therefore anticipate Bioware returning to its origins a little and focusing on creating a game that is more story-focused than exploration-oriented.

That is not to imply that there isn’t opportunity for development and expansion upon the principles of the Mass Effect trilogy. It would be wonderful fun to engage in some space warfare as well as the opportunity to play as multiple races or view a narrative from several angles, as was possible in Dragon Age Origins.

We’re hopeful that Mass Effect 5 concentrates on perfecting the single-player experience rather than trying to draw on Bioware’s multiplayer efforts, in whatever route the developer chooses to take it.

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One piece of information we recently learned shows Bioware is trying to avoid making the same mistakes as the somewhat contentious Mass Effect: Andromeda. That game was created using Frostbite, a proprietary in-house engine developed by EA that apparently gave the development team major issues.

Unreal Engine 3 was used to create the original trilogy, and according to PC Gamer(opens in new tab), Mass Effect 5 will return the franchise to Unreal. According to a Bioware job posting, Unreal Engine 5 will be used to produce the upcoming Mass Effect. Even though the update is extremely minor, it is nonetheless encouraging.

Mass Effect 5 — what to play while you wait

Next year, you’ll be able to play the original games in a brand-new, updated format while you wait for the sequel to come out. The Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, which was released in Spring 2021, is a remastered version of the original Mass Effect trilogy that includes all the DLC and extra material.

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Available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, the remaster offers improved “textures, shaders, models, effects, and technical features” in addition to 4K resolution, HDR, and higher frame rates.

Even though the Legendary Edition isn’t available for purchase on the PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S, these newer consoles may still run the game thanks to backwards compatibility.

The absence of a next-gen port for Mass Effect: Andromeda from 2017 is most likely due to the game being a generation younger than the original trilogy. In order for all games to be played at their best on the most recent consoles, perhaps this game will be completely redesigned in the years to come.

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Mass Effect 5 outlook

Be patient is the main lesson to be learned from the material presented thus far. Even though it’s incredibly thrilling to watch Bioware kick off the hype train, there isn’t much to truly latch onto right now.

There is nothing stopping you from developing your own thoughts about what the game will entail; it’s feasible that this will change in the upcoming months and years. We’re just relieved that Bioware hasn’t given up on the Mass Effect series and are cautiously optimistic about what it will produce over the coming several years.

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