An online retailer may have revealed the planned platforms for the upcoming tentatively-titled video game, "Mass Effect 4." According to a report from Load the Game on June 26, Amazon U.K. kistedthat the upcoming title is coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms. The supported systems have not yet been announced by Electronic Arts.
However, "Mass Effect 4" is being developed on the Frostbite 3, a multiplatform graphics engine that support multiple consoles. Another Bioware-developed game using the same tools, "Dragon Age Inquisition," will be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One as well as the PS3 and Xbox 360. Since the next "Mass Effect" game is not expected to come out until at least another year, Electronic Arts may not release the potential sequel on the current-generation consoles as sales have been slowing down.
At E3 2014, Bioware provide a glimpse at some of the early concepts for the upcoming title. However, no real gameplay was shown, suggesting that the release of the software product may still be far away. A spokesperson from the development team recently confirmed that the project, which reportedly started in late 2012, is halfway in development. As a result, it may be coming out late next year at the earliest barring any production hiccups. To expedite development, Bioware will be using some of the tools created specifically for the aforesaid "Dragon Age Inquisition" for "Mass Effect 4."
The last mainline game in the series, "Mass Effect 3," was released in 2012 for the Nintendo Wii U, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Bioware previously hinted that the development team may port the first three games of the franchise to the PS4 and Xbox One in order to keep fans busy when waiting for the fourth mainline installment of the series. You can find a "Mass Effect 3" screen from the official Facebook page of the franchise with the image near the top of this article.