Yesterday we reported that former Eidos Montreal writer Mary DeMarle left the Deus Ex studio to join BioWare. There was some speculation about what she’d be working on, but now we have confirmation that BioWare assigned her as a Senior Narrative Director on the next Mass Effect game.
Michael Gamble, the director of the next Mass Effect, confirmed on Monday that DeMarle will be working on BioWare’s flagship sci-fi RPG series. “Oh, hey! I’m really excited to let you know that Mary DeMarle will be joining the Mass Effect team as Senior Narrative Director,” Gamble wrote. “You’ve seen her work in Guardians of the Galaxy & Deus Ex (to name a few!). She’s amazing.”
BioWare announced the next chapter in its long-running Mass Effect series back in 2020 at The Game Awards. However, the studio is currently doubling down on the development of Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, meaning it will be some time before we see the new Mass Effect title.
Judging by the teaser trailer, the next game will feature the asari researcher Liara T’Soni in some capacity. Taking place in an unknown time after the events of Mass Effect 3, it looks like the Reapers’ remains are being excavated for some reason. We know little else about the plot, but the last trilogy closed the book on Commander Shepard, so it will be interesting to see where the series goes next.
BioWare developed an indirect sequel to Mass Effect 3 in 2017 with the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. However, the game was panned for its glitches, bugs and generally unfinished state. With DeMarle joining the project as the Senior Narrative Director, hopefully she can bring that same spark of ingenious storytelling seen in Deus Ex and Guardians of the Galaxy to BioWare’s space-faring adventure series.
The next Mass Effect is currently in development.
Source: Michael Gamble