We haven't heard much about the Mass Effect series since Mass Effect: Andromeda was released to tepid reception back in 2017. But BioWare general manager Casey Hudson and Anthem executive producer Mike Darrah have once again assured fans that the Mass Effect universe is alive and well.
"We're definitely not done with Mass Effect," says Darrah in a BioWare profile from Polygon. "There are a lot of stories to be told. We could pull on the threads we put down with Andromeda; we could pull on threads from Mass Effect 3. There's a lot of interesting space to be explored."
"In my mind, it's very much alive," Hudson says in agreement. "I'm thinking all the time about things that I think will be great. It's just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can."
Hudson had previously discussed Mass Effect's status within BioWare as recently as last year's N7 Day fan celebration. But it's good to know that BioWare is eager to return to the series "as soon as we can." Though considering BioWare is busy in development on Anthem and a new Dragon Age, it's unclear how soon that actually is.
Mass Effect: Andromeda's troubled development is well-documented. Andromeda suffered from issues with EA's Frostbite engine, which is difficult for RPGs, to dealing with an ambitious but ultimately scrapped concept for Andromeda that involved procedurally generated planets.
Anthem does lay the groundwork for future BioWare games thanks to advancements in performance-capture BioWare says has resulted in its best-looking characters yet. So any future BioWare games will no doubt leverage the technology introduced with Anthem.
Anthem is currently BioWare's main priority and will be well into post-launch. There's also the new Dragon Age game in active development. As for Anthem, you can read our Anthem guide for our full coverage including news, previews, trailers, and more.