Development of Mass Effect 5 will be fully launched only in 2023

Most likely, Mass effect 5 will be created on the Unreal Engine 5, but the development process itself will begin “in full” no earlier than 2023.

New job listing from EA says BioWare is looking for a CTO for Mass Effect 5 with “experience with Unreal Engine 4+.” This suggests that the studio is considering using a new engine for an upcoming project.

The first three games in the series were created on UE, but after EA bought BioWare, the studio switched to the Frostbite engine created by DICE and used in games such as FIFA, Madden and Star Wars BattlefrontMass effect andromeda, Dragon age: inquisition and Anthem were created on it, but Jeff Grubb states that “everyone is ready for the new technology for the next Mass Effect.”

In a series of tweets, Grubb says that “EA and BioWare are looking at all the possibilities for Mass Effect 5,” and that the developer “wants to use next-generation visual technologies.” By 2023, when, according to Grubb, the development of Mass Effect 5 begins “full-blown”, the Frostbite engine will no longer meet these visual requirements.

BioWare’s next game Dragon age 4, scheduled for release in 2023 and will be released on the Frostbite engine. So, if Mass Effect 5 doesn’t launch before Dragon Age 4, then you shouldn’t expect the fifth sci-fi franchise to arrive before 2025.

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