Since its announcement in September last year, Bioware’s new IP has been very closely guarded, and speculation is rife as to what the IP actually is. But a brand new IP means new stories to tell, new characters to play as, and new gaming experiences, which is all good news.
That being said – since Dragon Age 2′s mediocre follow-up to Origins, followed by SWTOR’s struggle to get off the ground and Mass Effect 3′s controversial ending – Bioware fans are a little jaded after the last few releases, with many taking to forums and claiming that the old Bioware they know and love is gone. That is not the case.
Mass Effect Producer, Casey Hudson, posted a tweet about the team working on the IP earlier today:
It’s often said that Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect series are some of the greatest RPGs of all time – certainly in modern storytelling. There’s no denying that the team behind each of those games bought their all during development, which certainly showed in the final products, and these games certainly encompass Bioware’s ‘Golden Age’, as it were. And if the team that worked on both of those games/series’, then it’s certain that their new IP will be nothing short of epic – in scope and execution.
What’s more, many fans were disappointed in the sequels, such as those I mentioned above, largely because of the different direction they took. This won’t happen because it’s a brand new IP, and there’s literally no prior experience the players will have with the universe to compare with. Starting fresh has its benefits, and this is certainly one that Bioware needs.
While many fans are still waiting on a sequel to KoTOR or Jade Empire, I think that a new IP will have to do. Frankly, this is coming from the developer – and most of the core team – whose resume reads: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003), Jade Empire (2005), Mass Effect (2007), Dragon Age: Origins (2009). If that doesn’t restore some faith in Bioware’s new IP, then I don’t know what will.