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Bioware making Mass Effect anime film for 2012

Apr. 8, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Yes, an actual Mass Effect movie is on the distant horizon, but Bioware doesn't want to wait that long to make a feature film out of their series. After the release of ME3 in 2011, they'll be crafting a Mass Effect anime movie.

They're working with Funimation in North America and T.O. Enteraintment in Japan to bring the idea to life, and the concept has already been applied to games like Dante's Inferno and Dead Space.

I have a very special place in my heart for the Mass Effect series, so much so that in addition to sinking hundreds of hours into the two titles, I've bought every DLC, read every comic and even downloaded that damn iPhone game where you play as the one black guy who shows up in ME2 looking like a completely different black guy. And what, there are novels too? Shit, I gotta get on those.

So needless to say, I'm pretty excited for a Mass Effect movie in any form. I fully believe that if enough effort was devoted to it, the series could rival Star Wars in a lot of ways. It's just such a deep, fascinating universe.

What does this mean for these series? ME3 is supposed to be the "final" chapter, so what does a 2012 movie imply about the future of the property?

Extra Tidbit: So, who's your favorite love interest?
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8:28PM on 04/08/2011

I'm the same as you Paul.

And for love interest, Tali. Wanted it in ME1, had to wait until ME2.
And for love interest, Tali. Wanted it in ME1, had to wait until ME2.
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5:29PM on 04/08/2011
With full input from Bioware, this may be a pretty awesome media project.
With full input from Bioware, this may be a pretty awesome media project.
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1:30PM on 04/08/2011

Mass Effect universe

You are 100% right...they have created a rich and fascinating universe with these games. Just like Star Wars there are a million ways to go with the fiction.
You are 100% right...they have created a rich and fascinating universe with these games. Just like Star Wars there are a million ways to go with the fiction.
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1:07PM on 04/08/2011

If done right it could be better than Star Wars

As for the favorite love interest. I'll be an engineer and make sweet nerdy tech love to Tali.
As for the favorite love interest. I'll be an engineer and make sweet nerdy tech love to Tali.
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12:48PM on 04/08/2011

Please for the love of all that is holy

Start making adult CGI movies based on awesome adult [link] properties!! This would be awesome if it was in beautifully rendered CGI instead of lame (to me) anime style. I would kill to see a movie animated like Tangled but more realistic looking and with more mature content.
Start making adult CGI movies based on awesome adult [link] properties!! This would be awesome if it was in beautifully rendered CGI instead of lame (to me) anime style. I would kill to see a movie animated like Tangled but more realistic looking and with more mature content.
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2:37PM on 04/08/2011
Sure it was 10 years ago, but the Final Fantasy movie pretty much sucked. Don't know if I'm in on your suggestion.
Sure it was 10 years ago, but the Final Fantasy movie pretty much sucked. Don't know if I'm in on your suggestion.
6:47PM on 04/08/2011
If you're gonna use CGI and make it realistic looking... why not just make it live action? Anime is actually artistic and visually interesting. Realistic CGI fails to justify itself, in my mind.
If you're gonna use CGI and make it realistic looking... why not just make it live action? Anime is actually artistic and visually interesting. Realistic CGI fails to justify itself, in my mind.
12:44PM on 04/08/2011
I love anime and I love Mass Effect (I've been a Bioware fanboy since the days of Baldur's Gate), so if they put real, actual effort into this, I think it would be great. A better fit for ME than a live action film, I think.

The only thing is that 2012 seems a little soon. Doesn't animation take a long time? I'd hate to see this rushed just to cash in (cough, Dragon Age II).

As for the tidbit, Tali or Thane. I think they both have great arcs. I just wish I could have an MShep romance
I love anime and I love Mass Effect (I've been a Bioware fanboy since the days of Baldur's Gate), so if they put real, actual effort into this, I think it would be great. A better fit for ME than a live action film, I think.

The only thing is that 2012 seems a little soon. Doesn't animation take a long time? I'd hate to see this rushed just to cash in (cough, Dragon Age II).

As for the tidbit, Tali or Thane. I think they both have great arcs. I just wish I could have an MShep romance Thane so we could be a badass, galaxy saving gay couple.
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12:36PM on 04/08/2011
I've never been a big anime fan, but it's Mass Effect, so I'll watch it.

Re: Tidbit
I thought Jack had the most interesting arc, but I went with Ashley, since she fit my character better. Bit of a xenophobe, though ...
I've never been a big anime fan, but it's Mass Effect, so I'll watch it.

Re: Tidbit
I thought Jack had the most interesting arc, but I went with Ashley, since she fit my character better. Bit of a xenophobe, though ...
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12:31PM on 04/08/2011
As long as Bioware has a heavy hand in it then I'll be watching it.
As long as Bioware has a heavy hand in it then I'll be watching it.
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12:00PM on 04/08/2011
I'm a huge Mass Effect fan, but to be quite honest, considering the mentality going on at EA/Bioware lately, I don't expect much from this project. I am much more excited for ME3.
I'm a huge Mass Effect fan, but to be quite honest, considering the mentality going on at EA/Bioware lately, I don't expect much from this project. I am much more excited for ME3.
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