Bioware is currently working on a brand-new IP with a new secret narrative; development is progressing well it seems.
Fans will be happy to learn that Bioware’s new secret narrative IP is going well. However, you shouldn’t expect a release anytime soon. From what was said by Bioware manager Aaryn Flynn, we won’t hear anything until Mass Effect: Andromeda is golden.
“We’re not going to talk about it until we’re confident about what it’s going to be and everything. We’ve been doing reviews with [EA CEO Andrew Wilson], and I think he likes it. So, knock on wood, we’ll keep working on it and we’ll keep doing it. Hopefully you’ll hear more about that once Andromeda’s done and we’ve satisfied fans with that game.” -Aaryn Flynn, Bioware
“Exciting times around the studio. Playable internal builds of the next Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and new IP. My task today: play ’em all!”-Casey Hudson, former Mass Effect and KoToR producer (2013)
Based off that last quote, we understand that an internal build of the new IP was done, so the game could have been slightly playable since then. Per Flynn, working on a new IP is a privilege. “It’s a privilege to get to work on new IP. It’s one of those once every ten years kind of a thing that you get to do,” he said.
Of course, nothing could have been done without an entirely dedicated team.
“You have to ask yourself, ‘Do you want to do something that fiercly different or do you want to do something that’s very recognizable?’ ‘Do you want to take something that you’ve done and put a spin on it, or do you want to wipe the slate clean and say what would we do in this.’ And for us, what we said was we’re BioWare, so we have a certain kind of game that we love making and we know our fans would love, so we started with that and that’s a game that has as its heart stories and storytelling. So we decided we’re going to stick with that. We’re not just going to walk away from that.”
“Once we agreed on that, everything started to fall into place.”