Beyond 'Mass Effect 3': What it Would Look Like With Next-Gen Graphics

Is this what Mass Effect would look like in next-gen? Give it a look!

by on 3rd Jan, 2013

It's common knowledge by now that BioWare is developing another entry in the Mass Effect franchise. While the platforms "Mass Effect 4" is going to be on hasn't been revealed, people are assuming (me included) that it's for next-gen consoles.

If you're like me, chances are you're curious as to what a next-gen Mass Effect game would look like. Fortunately for us, artist Baolong Zang has created what could easily be what a next-gen Mass Effect game would look like. Made using Epic's Unreal Engine 3 with DX11 features, it looks infinitely better than what we see in a Mass Effect game now and this is still a work in progress.

mass effect 3 in unreal engine 3

mass effect 3 with unreal engine 3

Here's the short video showcasing the highly-detailed character model. 

I particularly like how he rendered the hair and facial features. If you didn't tell me this was computer-generated, I would have even assumed this was a photo of a real person. 

It's also worth noting that Zang created this using Unreal Engine 3. However, future Mass Effect games will be made using DICE's Frostbite 2 engine. Could it look as good as the video above? Seeing how gorgeous Battlefield 3 looks on Ultra settings on PC, I'd say it's a given.

Regardless of platform and game engine, I think we just witnessed what a next-gen Mass Effect game would and could look like. And to be honest, it's making the wait for next-gen all that much harder.

Do you think next-gen Mass Effect games will look like this or even better? What nitpicks can you see in this early mock-up video?

Source: DSOGaming

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