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Mass Effect 4 gameplay, graphics, multiplayer and story discussed by Bioware

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

Bioware has talked more about the tentatively-titled "Mass Effect 4" at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. According to a report from Gamepur on July 27, the studio stated that the Mako vehicle has been brought back to the series. The development team decided that the next game will be focused toward exploration. The Mako gives players a way to quickly travel across the environments.

Another gameplay element that was discussed is the amount of interactivity. Bioware mentioned that the players should be given as much freedom as possible when picking between different consequential choices. The "Mass Effect" titles, as well as other games from Bioware, typically feature multiple branching paths and endings depending on the actions taken in the campaigns.

The aforesaid environments are going to be rendered using the Frostbite 3. The studio complimented the new graphics engine, hinting that the animations should be vastly improved in the upcoming title. The Frostbite 3 is also being used in another game from the company, "Dragon Age Inquisition."

Finally, Bioware remained hesitant to talk more about the story of "Mass Effect 4." The representative reiterated that Commander Shepard is no longer the main character although players may experience some cameos from prior games. The potential of returning characters may mean that the upcoming video game could be set at around the same timeline as the first three mainline games. However, an official announcement has not yet been made in regards to when the new installment will be taking place.

Bioware Montreal is developing "Mass Effect 4" as well as "Dragon Age Inquisition," which will be released on Nov. 18 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Edmonton studio is also working on a new and unrelated intellectual property. You can view a screen from a previous game of the science-fiction role-playing series near the top of this article (via the official "Mass Effect" Facebook account).