Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Deus Ex Narrative designer Mary DeMarle has joined the EA BioWare studio.
This was spotted on ResetEra by user Fiery Phoenix, who posted a link to the former Eidos Montreal narrative designer’s LinkedIn page. DeMarle’s new job title classifies her as senior narrative designer at the studio (via Gamer on PC).
Given DeMarle’s pedigree, it seems safe to assume she could be involved in either the next Dragon Age: Dreadwolf or the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise, which has yet to receive an official title.
Deus ex human revolution and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy have both received acclaim for their storytelling, with the latter even winning Best Storytelling at The Game Awards 2021. Given Bioware’s penchant for story-driven titles, hiring DeMarle seems like a natural fit.
NME reward Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy a respectable three out of five stars, stating, “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is actually better when you’re not playing it: everything it does to make you okay with its tongue-in-cheek humor, sharp storytelling, and its endearing characters it loses in clumsy and laborious combat, gruesome pacing, and confusing design decisions.Meanwhile, the story has been noted as “one of the best” game releases of 2021.
Neither Dragon Age: Dreadwolf nor the new Mass Effect title have release dates or even release windows. The first was announced back in 2018 with a trailer, but Bioware recently said that “we’re getting closer to this next adventure”, indicating that the game may be in development. In the meantime, news on Mass Effect was rare outside of a report that the game might use Unreal Engine 5 as opposed to Frostbite.
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