Next Mass Effect Won’t Relate to Shepard At All

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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.

 

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3 thoughts on “Next Mass Effect Won’t Relate to Shepard At All

  1. I don’t really see how they can continue with Shepherd in any way given how “final” the final sequence was. Sounds more like it will follow in the same universe, maybe parallel to the original timeline? That way they could still tie in the decisions you made in the previous games. Like, if you need to land on Feros for a mission, did you save the Thorian originally? That could affect how that mission is played out as far as NPC interactions and enemy presence.

    • BioWare’s been pretty clear about the fact that the next Mass Effect won’t have anything to do with Shepard at all. However, I hope you’re right when it comes to the importance of our saves in the past three games. It’ll be interesting to see what direction they take.

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