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Potential 'Mass Effect 4' E3 2014 reveal discussed

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

The tentatively-titled "Mass Effect 4" could be showcased at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to a report from IGN on May 1, the recent comments made by Yanick Roy mentioned that the project is approximately at the halfway point of development, suggesting that parts of the video game could be shown in the near future. The staff at the website is betting that the reveal could occur at E3 2014 next month.

At E3 2013, Electronic Arts provided a first look at "Dragon Age Inquisition," which is coming out on later this year on Oct. 7. Bioware previously revealed that the production of "Mass Effect 4" started in late 2012, meaning the development team may have been working on the project for 18 months so far. Based on Yanick Roy's statement, they still have another 18 months to go before the latest "Mass Effect" installment is released.

Electronic Arts should be holding a press conference next month at E3 2014. Based on the aforesaid "Dragon Age Inquisition," the company could use the opportunity to provide a first look at "Mass Effect 4" and then gradually reveal new information afterwards. Although development for the sci-fi role-playing title started long ago, not a single screen or video has been shown so far.

Bioware did provide a few general details in the past as the upcoming title should play similarly to the first three "Mass Effect" games. However, Commander Shepard will no longer be the central focus of the plot in the potential sequel. Finally, the development team is using the Frosbite 3 as the graphics engine. The same development tools are being used in the aforementioned "Dragon Age Inquisition," allowing the team to create bigger environments with destructible structures, weather effects and more.

The last game from the "Mass Effect" series is "Mass Effect 3," which came out for the Nintendo Wii U, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 two years ago. The third main installment introduced multiplayer while providing the final chapter to Commander Shepard's story at the same time. You can find a screenshot showing a gameplay sequence of "Mass Effect 3" from the official Twitter page of the series with the photo located near the top of this article.