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'Mass Effect 4' development cycle and 'Mass Effect 3' link discussed

Screenshot of 'Mass Effect 3'
Screenshot of 'Mass Effect 3'
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

The development status for the tentatively-titled "Mass Effect 4" has been further discussed. According to a report from Gamer Syndrome on May 11, the recent proclamation in regards to the upcoming software product having no official name may not bode well for fans expecting that it may be coming out soon. The naming process is usually discussed during the early stages of production.

Yanick Roy did recently confirmed that the potential sequel is around half-way though the development cycle. However, he also admitted that an official name has not yet materialized as the project is being internally referred to under a codename. The production for the video game could be tracked back as early as winter 2012, several months after the release of "Mass Effect 3." Based on Yanick Roy's statement, fans may have to wait until late 2015 to play the next game in the series.

Bioware also reconfirmed that "Mass Effect 4" does not have to necessarily have to follow the open-ended epilogue of the third game. The development team already teased that Commander Shepard won't be the main protagonist. The gameplay should end up being similar to the first three mainline installments of the series, however.

E3 2014 is slated for next month with Electronic Arts planning to announce six titles. Even with no official name, Bioware could still provide a teaser trailer for the project, which has been known to exist for a long time. The studio is already slated to appear on stage during the publisher's press conference to talk about "Dragon Age Inquisition," which is sharing the same Frostbite 3 engine as the next "Mass Effect" game.

The upcoming "Dragon Age" sequel is coming out for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. "Mass Effect 4" would most likely end up following the same platform release strategy. A "Mass Effect 3" screen from the Electronic Arts Facebook page can be found on the top side of this article.