This week at SXSW, Funimation revealed some plans and artwork for an anime tie-in to the Mass Effect video game franchise. It will follow the back-story of James Vega, a soldier for the Human Systems Alliance, and a potential squad-mate during the third and final game in the Mass Effect series. The actual plot of the film has not yet been described officially, but we’ve got a good look at the concept artwork for the project:
The film will be traditionally animated—as opposed to the cell-shaded stuff Funimation is doing for the Dragon Age film. EA and Bioware both have had direct input on the film, but Funimation has written the script and is creating the characters and landscapes and other detail. No word on whether Freddie Prinze Jr. will be voicing the role, as he does in the game, though I’d be surprised if he does not.
DailyMotion’s Michele conducted a floor interview with Justin Rojas of Funimation during SXSW, which you can watch below:
From The Floor: SXSW 12 – Mass Effect Teaser… by DM-Exclusives
Mass Effect, the anime will be out late 2012 or early 2013.