According to a new job posting from BioWare publisher, Electronic Arts, Mass Effect fans may have to wait until 2023 to see progress on a new Mass Effect game.
The listing, posted on Sept. 1, called for a "Technical Director" to be "the most senior engineering lead on the next [installment] in BioWare’s acclaimed Mass Effect franchise." Essentially, the company is looking for an engineering/programming lead for its next Mass Effect title. However, it's in the listing's details that fans are speculating the supposed year development will start.
Mass Effect 5 Development Could Be Delayed Until 2023+
The listing states clear favoritism toward Epic's software engine, Unreal—which is odd, considering the studio has been using DICE's Frostbite engine for its recent releases. Both Mass Effect Andromeda and its potential follow-up, Anthem, were developed using Frostbite. This appears to have worked against the open living world aspect of Mass Effect as it made it difficult to keep several NPCs animated outside the player's immediate radius.
The previous trilogy had been developed using Unreal, as well, drawing additional importance to the developer's return to form. VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb confirmed that "everything" was being taken under consideration when it came to resources to build the next Mass Effect.
"That includes potentially replacing EA’s in-house Frostbite engine with Unreal," he wrote.
Specifically, EA states that "experience with UnrealEngine4+ is an asset." Fans have taken this to mean that by the time BioWare gets around to developing Mass Effect 5, another iteration of the Unreal engine could be well in use. This theory is currently compounded with the release date for Dragon Age 4—sometime in 2023.
DBLTAP cannot confirm the speculations above.