During Electronic Art's fiscal call today, the publisher announced that Bioware Edmonton is working on a new IP to be released in the first quarter of 2018. The game sounds online-focused, allowing players to "play together in new and exciting ways". It was confirmed by EA CEO Andrew Wilson to be an action-adventure title, while still having "the great RPG character development and story progression that BioWare is known for".
Following the call, Bioware general manager Aaryn Flynn talked briefly about the game in a blog post.
"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," wrote Flynn.
"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," he added. "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."
It's likely we'll hear more about the game at EA Play this year. There's no word on whether you'll be able to romance NPCs.