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Michael Gamble posted a new update in regards to the development of the next “Mass Effect” video game, which could be called “Mass Effect 4.” According to a report from Gameranx on April 8, the producer stated that Bioware recently gave the development team a week to play around with several prototypes without any restrictions.

Bioware first announced that the next installment from the series was in development in late 2012. However, the studio did not go into full production on the project until several months into 2013. The development is being handled from the Montreal offices of the company with Electronic Arts publishing and distributing the software product when it comes out in the future.

The employees were able to put together three hours of videos for Michael Gamble, who ended up being impressed with what he saw. You can find his comments on the protypes that were demonstrated below:

We gave the Mass Effect team a week, without restriction, to prototype new ideas. Watching 3 hours worth of WOWOMG now.

Bioware previously hinted that “Mass Effect 4” may go in a different direction when compared to the first three installments of the series. According to GameSpot, the story won’t be based on Commander Shepard and may not take place in the same timeline as the original series. The aforementioned prototypes also suggested that the development team may be preparing to make some changes to the gameplay as well.

“Mass Effect 4” is taking advantage of Frostbite 3 although the platform support has not yet been announced. It will be sharing some elements with the upcoming “Dragon Age Inquisition” in regards to using the graphics engine. The fourth main installment also does not have an official release date.

The “Mass Effect” series began with the release of the original in 2007. The previous games in the franchise prior to “Mass Effect 4” have appeared on the Nintendo Wii U, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.