The name Casey Hudson is spoken with hushed tones around weird parts of the internet. Following the disappointing ending to Mass Effect 3 (and the utterly ridiculous reaction to it all), Mr Hudson lost a little bit of fandom online. So you're forgiven if you'd forgotten that he left BioWare last August - but his new appointment at Microsoft is wildly exciting.
I'll forgive you for forgetting that Dragon Age: Inquisition, last year's stellar RPG epic, even had DLC. It's been ages since Jaws of Hakkon released as a little timed-exclusive package for Microsoft platforms (sorry 360, not you), but if you've waited with bated breath you can finally let out a sigh of relief. It's coming to every other platform, and pretty soon too.
The next Mass Effect is highly anticipated. I know I'm desperate to know more about what's going on in that universe and I'm certainly not the only one. While this is pure rumor and shouldn't be taken too much to heart, a new survey might have just revealed some details about the upcoming game. Of course, these should be taken with a grain or two of salt, as well as a celebratory margarita.
Industry analyst Michael Pachter likes to make predictions. He has all kinds of views on the future of the industry and what we can expect going forward. Now he has turned his attention to EA's upcoming titles and his predictions might turn out to be correct.
Transitions are hard for anyone. Like breakups or moving house, it can be really hard to let go. However, Mass Effect might make it a bit easier to abandon your aging consoles - the new one won't be making an appearance on Xbox 360 or PS3.
Ten years. Ten long years since Bioware released their greatest game, Jade Empire. Also, YEAH YOU HEARD ME. Martial arts fantasy action will always be better than Dragon Age or Mass Effect, and if you disagree with me than I’ll gladly practice my face-to-fist kung fu techniques on the striking parts of your body. Only one Jade Empire game was ever made, with no hint whatsoever of a sequel since then. Is the title dead then? Maybe not just yet, as there’s always some hope that the Jade Empire may be revisited.
I am incredibly keen for the new Mass Effect. I know it's not being released any time soon, but I'm just curious about what it will hold - will some characters return? Where will the story take place? What mechanics will change and how will Bioware deal with a universe sans Shepard? While those questions are yet to be answered, twitter gives us a tiny glimpse into some progress that's coming.
I played Dragon Age: Inquisition on PS4 and it was a mostly fantastic experience. However, Bioware insisted that the best experience could be found on PC. That said, even this many months down the line, there are still some issues remaining, especially if you have more than two buttons on your mouse. These are getting fixed on PC, as well as a range of other issues across the board.
Dragon Age: Inquisition might not have had the deepest quests all of the time, but there was no denying that there was a hell of a lot to do. There's so much that BioWare still hasn't seen some of its more elaborately hidden content surface, meaning there are still some juicy secrets to uncover. Just like this absurdly weird quest that has been leaked - although it sounds like trolling at its best.
Shadow Realms looked like an amazing game according to one easily-excited writer who had only seen the fancy CGI trailer for the Bioware product. And whose name rhymes with Shmarryn. It’s a dead game, as Bioware pulled the plug on their ambitious online multiplayer RPG. And that’s a shame, because the concept looked kind of cool.
I was absolutely filled with hype for Dragon Age: Inquisition. I pre-ordered it (one of the only games I pre-ordered all year), got the deluxe edition and played for most of the December holiday. It's now three months since the game was released, which feels like enough time for a re-evaluation. This isn't a re-review, but it may add some new perspective on the game.
It is hard to manage your inventory in Dragon Age: Inquisition, especially when not all "valuables" are junk. Is it safe to sell all? As you progress, you may not want to sell off every underpowered dagger, sword or staff. But Bioware has listened to us, at last.
Mass Effect 3 had some excellent multiplayer. It was fun and cooperative, and had some excellent tie in with the game. The new Mass Effect (that won't be called Mass Effect 4 but we'll keep calling that until we get a new name to work with) will also have multiplayer and Bioware is looking for the right leader for it.
Dragon Age: Inquisition was a massively successful title for Bioware. Winning all kinds of awards, Dragon Age is being called Bioware's most successful launch of all time. Of course they will make more Dragon Age games, but not this year. Instead, the focus will be directed at some other games to make fans extremely happy.
I played Dragon Age: Inquisition through most of the December holidays. I will eventually have the time and inclination to finish my second play through, too. It had a wildly successful launch - the best in Bioware's history. While people might speculate that this will make Mass Effect follow Dragon Age's lead, that's not what Bioware is doing.