Jul
13
2017
3

Huh. They’re doing the first ten hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda for free.

All platforms. It’s enough to get you fiddling around with the first planet (EOS) in Mass Effect: Andromeda.  I swear to God, though: I wish that Bioware would either defecate, or get off the pot.  There are, in fact, two big cliffhangers in-game, so there are obvious hooks for DLC; but the game stumbled badly in getting out the door*.  So it’s justifiable to pull the plug on the game.  But if they’re going to do that, then they should cut their losses and stop fiddling with it.  Develop it or don’t develop it as they please, but they should please choose one.

Moe Lane

*Which is, ultimately, a mistake of management.  Oh, the developers clearly didn’t do their jobs — but it was management’s to make sure that the job got done anyway, and Bioware’s suits fornicated the canine on that action item pretty danged thoroughly. Some things you just can’t wing and a prayer.

Jun
29
2017
--

I suspect Bioware itself of originating the Mass Effect Andromeda DLC rumors.

Seems easy enough: first, set up a rumor from a shop purporting to be doing Mass Effect Andromeda DLC that there actually won’t be any story-based DLC (which everybody is largely assuming to be true, so why is it a rumor).  Then, let the rumor spread.  Finally, put out a response saying:

Boom! Instant buzz.  Or not.  I don’t care: if reporting this gets interest up in ME:A DLC, now that they’ve patched the animation bugs and everything, I will happily report away. I want to know what happened with the quarian Ark, dagnabbit.

Jun
15
2017
1

Bioware’s Drew Karpyshyn writing for Anthem.

And if Bioware is smart, they’ll do what I originally wrote in the title and make Drew Karpyshyn lead writer for Anthem.  Why? Because these are his writing credits:

  • Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn
  • Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Jade Empire
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Jun
11
2017
9

Games and rumors of Games: E3 starts this week.

EA/Bioware started the spectacle with their sneak peek at Anthem, coming out next year*:

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May
10
2017
7

Bioware giveth, and Bioware taketh away:

Giveth: “The latest patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda is out now, and BioWare says it will address many of the game’s shortcoming, including tweaks to multiplayer and the game’s opening cinematics.”

Taketh Away: “Mass Effect Andromeda developer BioWare Montreal has put the series on hiatus, according to a report.” I think that what this means is that they’re still supporting Mass Effect: Andromeda, including DLC; but BioWare Montreal is apparently not in good odor with the parent company right now, and they’re not going forward with a sequel until the situation is resolved..  Which is, honestly, something that BioWare Montreal kind of deserves. Just because I had fun playing the game doesn’t mean I didn’t notice its developmental flaws. Maybe they need to shake up that office a little.

Oct
17
2016
4

Mass Effect: Andromeda to drop 3/21/2017?

Very likely – and very cool, if true: that’s going to be a week before my birthday. Here’s the rationale for that date:

Several report states that the official release date of “Mass Effect: Andromeda” was accidentally leaked because of a book listing in Amazon. The book is entitled “The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda” has a  March 21, 2017 release date, as stated on IGN’sYouTube report. The Amazon listing has gone viral and hinted fans that this might actually be the official release date of the game because of its description saying the book will be launched simultaneously with the game.

They’re probably going to reveal more about Mass Effect: Andromeda on N7 Day (November 7th), obviously.  Looking forward to it: I haven’t gotten my Paragon on in a while…

Sep
07
2016
8

Is a @Bioware BOOM coming down today? (Link to Playstation Meeting site)

Maybe: “BioWare could be revealing something during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting today, if a series of Twitter teases from developers at the studio are any indication.”  People are going “OOOH, Mass Effect Andromeda!” Or “OOOH, new Bioware IP! (Which would probably-maybe-possibly be a new Dragon Age)!” Or “Hey, BioWare just figured out how to get people to watch the Sony PlayStation Meeting at noon!” …Which you will be able to watch here [UPDATE: show starts at 3 PM Eastern time],  because I like traffic as much as the next fellow.

Personally, I’d rather have new Mass Effect news.  I liked Dragon Age: Inquisition, but the game engine felt… sluggish.  Aggravatingly, sometimes.  I’d rather they fixed whatever was wrong there first.

Feb
17
2015
3

Single-player DLC for Dragon Age Inquisition?

I’ll believe it when I see it.

…fans can now rest assured that there will indeed be more content coming to Dragon Age: Inquisition in the future after Bioware’s Mark Darrah announced that DLC is now officially in development. Darrah, who works as the executive producer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, tweeted to fans to confirm that Bioware is now working on the first DLC add-on.

However, the content is still too early in development for Bioware to reveal details on what exactly the upcoming add-on may contain.

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Dec
13
2014
8

The Dragon Age / Mass Effect Companions, rated worst to best.

There are 43. The rankings from #42 to #2 are absolute bull[expletive deleted]. But #43 (the worst) is spot-on, and so is #1 (the best).

No, really. I tested this. With SCIENCE. Which is to say, I asked my wife, and she confirmed both the best and the worst Companions without breaking a sweat.  So that’s three data points, right there.

Apr
07
2013
10

So @Xbox kind of hates all those people living in flyover country, huh?

Short version: Adam Orth of Microsoft was getting into it with Manveer Heir of BioWare over why some companies were (bizarrely, or nastily, depending on your point of view) requiring always-on internet connections in order to play some games.  We turn now to Cheezburger:

Manveer Heir, a developer at BioWare, pointed out to Orth that “always-on” DRM was particularly unfair to customers in rural areas who aren’t always afforded the best internet connections to begin with. Orth’s response? “Why on earth would I live there?”

Sweet, dude. Not only does Orth not care about customer’s grievances surrounding their poor DRM model, he thinks that all those backwoods country folk have just made bad life decisions by living in sparsely populated areas.

I understand that Orth has since made his Tweets private.  Can’t imagine why…

Moe Lane

 

 

Mar
05
2013
4

Bioware closes San Francisco office: ‘too expensive’ to do business there now?

It was the part of the company that did mobile games that I can’t play on the iPad because of Flash and can we please have Flash for the iPad, already?  Seriously, people, there’s a limit to how much nose you should cut off to spite your face.

Anyway, take a gander at this:

The studio, which focused on social and mobile games, was brought under the BioWare label in August 2011. Our source tells us Electronic Arts found it was “too expensive” to do mobile development in Redwood Shores, CA.

…No!  REALLY?  To paraphrase Jonathan Coulton: I don’t want to go off on a political rant here.

Mar
19
2012
9

Let me solve Bioware’s two problems for it.

OK, so Bioware has two ‘problems.’

  1. There will be no more Dragon Age 2 DLC.  This is a problem.
  2. Many people don’t like the Mass Effect 3 ending.  I do not consider this a problem, but never mind that right now.

So… the answer is simple, is it not? (more…)

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