The Mass Effect universe is expanding. Not only is the third game in the trilogy gaining momentum, with a fourth book on the way, but now we learn that BioWare are bringing the game to life through animation.
BioWare, working closely with FUNimation Entertainment, have announced an upcoming anime feature film based on the Mass Effect franchise. T.O Entertainment, a Tokyo-based anime and international film production company, has signed on as co-producer.
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Casey Hudson – executive producer of the Mass Effect series – will be executive producer on the film, alongside FUNimation president and CEO Gen Fukunaga, Director of Original Entertainment Chris Moujaes and T.O Entertainment CEO Takeichi Honda and Yui Shibata.
The developer continues:
“Over the last few years, we have revealed different pieces of the Mass Effect world through different media. Extending the story through an anime medium is another amazing opportunity for us.
“Partnering with FUNimation ensures that we will bring this rich universe to life with the utmost quality and the same attention to detail that the Mass Effect games are known for.”
Gen Fukunaga from FUNimation shares his colleague’s enthusasm:
“It is thanks to the enormous and passionate Mass Effect fan base that this movie is made possible.
“With production underway on the Dragon Age video, we are excited to team up with another BioWare team to add an exciting new chapter to this vast sci-fi world.”
It’s early days yet, but the Mass Effect anime has already started production, scheduled for digital and home video releases in the Japanese summer of 2012. Expect an epic sci-fi adventure full of dangerous aliens, mysterious planets and – we’re guessing – pretty, but impractical, space costumes.
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