Mass Effect
The Mass Effect series's female Sheppard character, or FemShepEA

Bioware has finally announced Mass Effect 4 at EA's E3 press conference.

Introduced following gameplay from the latest Bioware title Dragon Age III: Inquisition, the Mass Effect reveal wasn't a trailer, but instead a developer diary which included early conceptual footage.

While few details were given about the game's plot, we did spot a few familiar alien races including a Drell and Krogan. A human character in a N7 uniform similar to that of the Shepard character from the first three games was also seen.

Bioware confirmed that the game would take place in an entirely new part of space.

"One of the things that fans have told us most about what they want in the next Mass Effect game is to go somewhere new and to move forward," said one of th team. "We're taking you to a whole new region of space."

Large alien worlds were shown off, suggesting perhaps that vehicles like Mass Effect's Mako may make its return.

The insinutation appears to be that this will be a separate tale from that of the trilogy which ended in 2012. A sensible move given the nature of that story's ending and the furore surrounding how Bioware handled it.

Bioware also revealed that they have a new IP in the pipeline and are currently working on creating new realistic worlds for whatever the game turns out to be.