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Posts tagged “BioWare”

BioWare address Anthem’s approach to story and player choice

A handful of BioWare developers took to the PAX West stage last night to try to explain Anthem’s balance of singleplayer story and multiplayer action. The hour-long panel focused mainly on the factions and NPCs that your freelancer protagonist will be able to interact with and influence in the open-world action-RPG, including showing the ‘Our World, My Story’ trailer, which you can see below.

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BioWare say that we’ve not seen the end of Mass Effect or Dragon Age yet

With all the coverage that Anthem is getting, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that BioWare had ever developed anything else. Fortunately, they haven't. In their Summer Update dev-blog post, the studio talk about what they've been up to over the past few months, including promoting Anthem art-books and comics at the San Diego Comic-Con. In amidst all this they did find time to let slip…

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Baldur’s Gate lead says Bye-o-Ware after 22 years

1998's Dungeons & Dragons adaptation Baldur's Gate wasn't BioWare's first game, but it was the one that really made the KOTOR and Mass Effect studio's name. These days they're making shooty-bang games for EA, so it's hard not to feel that Baldur's Gate lead designer James Ohlen parting ways with the uber-studio marks a chapter closing and an new one beginning. D&D is Ohlen's one…

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Sing it! BioWare show Anthem’s E3 demo to us all

BioWare took a hunk of Anthem to E3 in June in a gameplay demo, then only showed it behind closed doors to press. But now summer is here, they've flung open the doors to get a breeze going and oh ho! The fools! Now we can walk right in and see that demo for ourselves! No longer must we read our Brendan's impressions of the…

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Anthem tries to embrace its own Destiny

During yesterday's EA’s press conference for E3 (which seemed at times like an hour-long apology for microtransactions) we saw a bit more of Anthem, the upcoming shooter from BioWare. The sliced-together footage followed a multiplayer run through the jungles and rock-pools of the world, ending when the four "freelancers" in robot suits encountered a large insect who eats cameras. But I’ve been braving the LA…

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Anthem: trailers, release date, everything we know so far

With BioWare's newest game doing the rounds again at E3 2018, it's time to dig around to find all the relevant and juicy details surrounding Anthem and put them all into a single place. Below you will find information about the game's release date, the small number of trailers that have been released so far, and everything interesting about the game's mechanics, world and characters.…

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BioWare boss: not releasing Andromeda DLC was ‘a defining moment’ driving studio to refocus on story

The general manager of BioWare has said that not releasing story DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda and leaving much-wanted tales untold was "a defining moment in refocusing BioWare's mission", which will inform Anthem. Casey Hudson talked up the importance of story and characters in a 'studio update' blog post yesterday. Given that I've forgotten almost everything I've heard of the action-RPG's story (it's on a…

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has re-launched

Bioware's Neverwinter Nights was a fascinating anomaly of a game, years ahead of its time. An online-oriented community sandbox disguised as a traditional Dungeons & Dragons adventure. While quite plain looking, taken at face value, it hid great depths and multitudes of opportunities for those willing to dig just below the surface. Today, courtesy of Baldur's Gate's new stewards, Beamdog, it returns. Polished up a little…

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition out this month

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition, the revamped re-release of BioWare's 2002 wizard 'em up, is due to launch on March 27th. That's the news from revampers Beamdog, whose prior retromancy includes revamping Planescape: Torment and overhauling Baldur's Gate then making a new expansion for it. Like those, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has fancier pictures, though NWN being 3D means the overhaul is a little more involved.

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Have You Played… Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. When people ask me about the first game I ever played, I tell them it was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. That's not accurate, but it was the first one I played that made me realise the unique power games had to transport me…

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EA delay BioWare’s Anthem to 2019, say it’s not a delay

As rumours predicted, Electronic Arts have delayed BioWare's sci-fi online shooter doodad Anthem into 2019. It was previously slated for autumn of this year. Anthem is BioWare's shiny new persistent-world multiplayer shooter which... given how little they've shown and said about it, let's say it resembles Destiny but with Iron Man armour and more spacejungle. Despite the delay, EA say Anthem is not delayed. It's…

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Rumour: BioWare’s Anthem delayed into 2019

While BioWare's new sci-fi persistent open-world multiplayer shooter doodad Anthem is officially due to launch this autumn, several secret sources tell Kotaku that the game is now likely delayed into early 2019. Speaking anonymously (the industry is not remotely fond of leakers, after all), they say that BioWare are shifting almost everyone to focus on Anthem, and... there are more whispers about the game's progress,…

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Fictional Dragon Age dwarf publishes actual real novel

Varric Tethras, co-star of both Dragon Age 2 and Inquisition, was never your usual swords & sorcery dwarf. Clean-shaven, bare-chested, playfully roguish and broadly disinterested in the usual Dwarven concerns of mining and industry. Beyond his core defining 'sexy dwarf' trait, he also had one other notable quirk: He was an author, and throughout Dragon Age: Inquisition, you could find excerpts from his noir thriller,…

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The best thing about Neverwinter Nights was its persistent worlds

At 19, I was a mess. I was missing all of my classes at university, arguing with my girlfriend all the time and I’d managed to get thousands of pounds in debt. All I wanted to do was check out. Neverwinter Nights got me through it. It wasn’t the lacklustre single-player campaign, or even the long list of phenomenal mods -- it was the persistent…

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Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition: improved graphics but backwards-compatible with old saves and mods

My three main memories of the original Neverwinter Nights: a) exasperating various Bioware devs by doggedly creating an all-Dire Badgers module in the editor during a studio visit b) my boxed copy INCLUDING ACTUAL CLOTH MAP being stolen by a jealous middle manager at a former workplace c) playing co-op with Jim and Kieron, formerly of this parish, and sometime contributor Dan Griliopoulos, who rather…

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Celebrate Mass Effect turning 10 with some animation facts

To celebrate Mass Effect’s 10th anniversary (crikey!), animator Jonathan Cooper, currently at Naughty Dog, has shared 10 animation-related facts about the game on Twitter. There are a lot of interesting titbits, like the mo-cap being filmed on the same sound stage as Gone With The Wind, or Cooper being inspired by Ricky Gervais’ Extras when it came to picking the close-up camera style for conversations,…

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is the next BioWare remaster

We won't have full details until a bit later today (noon PST/8PM UK), but here's the headline: BioWare's 2002 RPG Neverwinter Nights is next to receive Beamdog's Enhanced Edition treatment. What do we want to see from a tweaked and modernised take on BioWare's first foray into 3D RPGs, and whose revered modding tools launched a legion of player-made adventure modules?

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Mass Effect: Annihilation is a tie-in novel that will reveal the fate of the Quarians and Elcor

Mass Effect Andromeda was so tremendously dull -- just read John’s Andromeda review -- that it appears to have killed off a whole franchise (or at least put it in a coma). While I absolutely don’t think it earned a sequel, it is a shame that there are so many story threads left hanging. Like what the hell happened to all the other aliens from…

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