Mass Effect 3, the conclusion to BioWare's space opera, is said to have a lot more action than the first two games with gameplay that's more "action-adventre-y," but BioWare assures fans that they have not forgotten its RPG roots, striking a balance between the two elements.
"We're hoping for a big hit. It's the best game we've ever made at BioWare Edmonton. The stuff we're doing - making the gameplay more action-adventre-y, making it on a par with some of the best action games you see today, whilst on top of that adding in these RPG elements that maybe people were upset we didn't focus on as much in Mass Effect 2 - it strikes a balance," BioWare marketing head David Silverman told CVG.
"We've done a lot of research about what people liked about Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and other games too - what they like about Gears Of War, Assassin's Creed, Halo, Call Of Duty and lots of RPG games too.
"We've looked at all these games to see what's resonating and what's not. On the one hand, we don't want to go too far down the RPG rabbit hole where Shepard starts rolling dice, but on the other hand we don't want to ignore that coolness - where people can customise parts of their character and making them feel that it's them in the adventure. We capitalise on that in spades in ME3.
Mass Effect 3 is out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 next year on March 6.