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Speaking with the folks at GameInformer (as reported by GameSpot), BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn confirmed what many of us were probably already suspecting: the new BioWare IP that was teased a few years back won't be announced any time soon and certainly not before the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda. The IP will be story-based, as all BioWare's properties, and EA CEO Andrew Wilson was apparently impressed with the project, which was further along than expected.
Personally, I'm in favor of a short turnaround from announcement to release, but I think it only should be done if you haven't already been teasing the project for years already, something that BioWare did both with this new IP and Mass Effect: Andromeda:
"We're not going to talk about it until we're confident about what it's going to be and everything," he said. "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."
"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."
Update: Originally the article stated that Flynn gave an interview to GameSpot, not GameInformer. It's been corrected now.