Multiple members of the teams that worked on the original Mass Effect Trilogy have returned to BioWare and are working on the new installment in the series officially announced last night at The Game Awards.

On Twitter, Mass Effect Project Director Mike Gamble singled out narrative designer Dusty Everman (Mass Effect 1, 2, 3, Andromeda) and Parrish Ley (Mass Effect 1, 2, 3) as two of those who had left BioWare, and returned to work on the new Mass Effect project.

Gamble adds that “there are more” ex-Bioware developers returning for the new game, and explains “We’ve heard what Mass Effect means to you.” While they’ve remained at BioWare, Gamble also points out that original Mass Effect art director Derek Watts, and programmer/designer Brenon Holmes are part of the new team.

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After the less well-received Mass Effect: Andromeda, and departure of BioWare general manager and Mass Effect director Casey Hudson, the future of Mass Effect could have been seen to be moving in something of an unknown direction, with a new team in place. Gamble appears to be attempting to counter that assumption by showing the direct line between teams on the much-loved original trilogy and new game.

That’s held up somewhat by the appearance of the Mass Effect Trilogy’s Liara T’Soni in the teaser trailer for the new game. BioWare has already stated that the next Mass Effect game will have a “veteran team”.

Mass Effect was one of many, many new announcements last night – here’s everything announced and revealed at The Game Awards 2020.

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