This year’s N7 Day came with what might be our first look at Mass Effect 5, despite BioWare’s recent layoffs.
— Mass Effect (@masseffect) November 7, 2023
November 7th, known as N7 Day for Mass Effect fans, featured a 34-second video from the game’s official X account. Further, the Mass Effect website now includes the following text.
“/////ACCESS CODE: EPSILON
/////ACCESS CODE ACCEPTED
/////SECONDARY ENCRYPTION DETECTED
/////ANDROMEDA DISTRESS SIGNAL DETECTED
/////YEAR SENT: [REDACTED]”
/////AUDIO TRANSCRIPT: ALTHOUGH THEY SHOULD KNOW BY NOW NOT TO UNDERESTIMATE HUMAN [REDACTED]”
The news of a possible new Mass Effect title comes amidst BioWare laying off 50 roles back in August, resulting in a lawsuit. An update to the legal action comes from Kotaku reporter Ethan Gach, who revealed that BioWare’s lawyers refused to negotiate and settle out of court.
More BioWare news: laid off devs suing for severance say the company is going to court instead of negotiating a settlement and call the process anything but "empathetic, respectful."
— AmericanTruckSongs9 (@ethangach) November 6, 2023
The reason for the lawsuit is that former employees should receive 1.7 months of severance per year of service; however, employees are currently only entitled to two weeks of severance per year of service, which is reportedly unenforceable.
Further, Game Developer reported that the quality assurance testers at Keywords Studios that were laid off while working on Dragon Age: Dreadwolf recently picketed in front of Bioware’s Edmonton HQ.
While Mass Effect fans are likely excited about a new title finally coming to the series, unfortunately, the Canadian studio behind the series remains embroiled in controversy.