From past interviews, we learned that BioWare didn’t want the next Mass Effect to be seen as “Mass Effect 4.” Now, BioWare has revealed that the next entry in the Mass Effect franchise “may not engage with the events of the previous trilogy in any way.”
Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters spoke about the next title. “Well, I can’t get into details, but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever.
“That’s what we’ve been deciding for a while. But throughout it all, one of the key things is that it has to be Mass Effect. It can’t just feel like a spin-off. It has to feel like a Mass Effect game at its heart, at its core. Just without the Shepard character or the Shepard specific companions.”
While nothing concrete has been revealed about the Mass Effect title, studio director for BioWare Montreal Yanick Roy revealed that they are “borrowing” a lot of game systems from Dragon Age: Inquisition in order to progress development.
@shinobi602 Don’t worry: we have a large and talented team, we started a while ago, and we are “borrowing” a lot of game systems from DA3.
— Yanick Roy (@YanickRRoy) June 18, 2013