An interview published yesterday revealed that the fourth Mass Effect would be arriving between late 2014 and mid-2015. However, publisher EA said today that the interview was a fake.
"At no time did EA or BioWare provide any answers to questions from Gamer Syndrome," a spokesperson for EA told us via email. When pressed for further details, they added that the interview was "completely fabricated."
The original interview at Gamer Syndrome has since been taken down. The edited article now states that the information was provided by an "inaccurate source" rather than EA or BioWare. When reached for comment, the site said that they were currently investigating the issue.
So, what real information do we know about the game so far? Not much. Mass Effect 4 - wait, no, we don't know its title yet - is being developed at BioWare Montreal. It will utilize the Frostbite 2 engine seen in Battlefield 3. Also, it might be a prequel. That's all we've got so far.
Even if that interview was fake, a 2014-2015 release for the next Mass Effect doesn't sound implausible. Mass Effect 3 was the end of a carefully planned story arc (stop laughing) that began with the first game. It's going to take some time for BioWare to plot out the next step. The fact that they're developing the game for a new engine - and most likely new hardware - will draw out development even more.
The fake interview suggested that additional details on the game would be released next year. Hopefully that turns out to be true.