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'Mass Effect 4' gameplay, release date and romance details discussed

'Mass Effect 3' DLC
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Yanick Roy has hinted at the development status of the tentatively-titled upcoming video game, "Mass Effect 4." According to a report from Eurogamer on April 30, the studio director at Bioware was asked by a fan about what stage the production of the project is currently in. The representative replied that it is currently in the middle of development.

The production of "Mass Effect 4" apparently started approximately one and a half years ago in late 2012. As a result, it appears that the potential sequel won't be made available until around the fall season of 2015. Bioware is planning to release another video game later this year with the upcoming launch of "Dragon Age Inquisition" for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Yanick Roy also previously hinted at the gameplay of the next installment of the "Mass Effect" series. He revealed that the style should be similar to the first three titles. As a result, it should provide a mix between the third-person shooter and action role-playing genres. Furthermore, the studio director also teased that same-sex romance options will also be included in the upcoming software product. Bioware previously included dedicated love interests in "Mass Effect 3."

"Mass Effect 4" won't be featuring on Commander Shepard as the main character, however. Furthermore, the storyline is not based on the plot from the original story. Although a memo from "Mass Effect 3" suggested that the upcoming title will be set in the far future, Bioware has not yet commented on timeline. You can find a screen showcasing the third main installment of the series from the franchise's official Twitter page with the photo attached to the top side of this article.

"Mass Effect 4" is using the same graphics engine as "Dragon Age Inquisition" and would be sharing many background elements as a result. The support for the Frostbite 3 mean that the science-fiction role-playing series could theoretically be coming to the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Bioware could show and provide more details on the fourth main "Mass Effect" project at E3 2014. Electronic Arts usually holds a press conference announcing and showing upcoming software products at the gaming event.