Although BioWare has eliminated 50 roles at the studio, it's assured fans the next Mass Effect game is still in good hands - with the game's lead Mike Gamble and his team continuing on with pre-production work.

With this in mind, there's a recent rumour doing the rounds about the next entry apparently ditching the open world style of gameplay featured in Mass Effect: Andromeda and going back to the "classic format". This information comes from Windows Central's Jez Corden, in the latest episode of the 'The Xbox Two' podcast.

"I've heard that Mass Effect is ditching open world and going back to its classic format. I don't know if that's accurate, 100 per cent, but it's an industry rumour."

We don't know much else about the next Mass Effect game yet, but there have already been some rumours about Commander Shepard's revival after not only some teasers but also an official product description on BioWare's store possibly referencing the return of the character. The game's lead Mike Gamble was quick to stamp this out though, calling it a "mistake" at the time.

Apart from this, the next game will apparently be running on Unreal Engine, after the original series was made with Unreal Engine 3 and Andromeda was built in EA's Frostbite engine.

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