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The Mass Effect trilogy is done. The
story of Commander Shepard has been told. The Reapers came, fought,
were repelled. That story, although awesome, is
over. There's nothing more to be said.
However, the engines of profit and
franchising churn ever-onward. Another Mass Effect game is already on
the way. BioWare higher-up Casey Hudson tweeted recently that the
developer considering making a prequel to the series. This is not
certain, as he also tweeted at fans asking for ideas. It appears
BioWare is still in the conceptual stages of development.
Mr. Hudson, in the flesh.
I'm not worried
about another game. BioWare has proved
itself more than trustworthy with storytelling and Mass Effect. Poor
ending aside, the trilogy was strong. Whatever those Canadians come
up with, it'll be good. I have faith in them.
But what will the new game be about?
Will it be a prequel? Will it be like the other games? Accurate
conjecture about the game is nigh impossible, but I'll take a shot
at it anyway.
First, the game will almost certainly
be a prequel. The trouble with the choose-your-own storyline of the
main trilogy is that it
creates too much variation. Where is a
new game supposed to begin? The endings are different enough to make
writing a sequel difficult. The end of the trilogy also upsets a
great deal of traditional fixtures in the Mass Effect universe.
Placing a new game farther
back on the timeline allows BioWare to
and technology which may have been wiped
out in the final battle. It's just easier.
The galaxy wouldn't be the same without the Krogan.
The topic could be the First Contact
War which took place when humanity first met alien races. This would
give BioWare a large canvas of warfare against which it could paint
an action-filled adventure. However, I think it is more likely that
the developers will eschew previous fiction and set the game in an
entirely new event. The fiction of Mass Effect is complex but still
in its infancy compared to Star Wars and Star Trek. There is a great
deal of room for growth.
Gameplay is unlikely to change
radically. BioWare did a hell of a job with the gameplay in Mass
Effect 3, which was similar to that of ME2. They like to stick with
what works. ME3 worked. There's no reason to change away from fun
Choice will likely be a part of the
game, but not be to the same extent as it before.
I doubt we'll see another trilogy of games with transferrable data.
More likely, future Mass Effect games will exist separately with
their own choices.
One certainty is that Commander Shepard
will not return. The moldable protagonist of the main trilogy was
intricately linked to the story of the Reapers. That story is over.
BioWare has stated that although the universe will continue, Shepard
will not. As awesome as he is, it's for the better. To bring him
back would dilute the story of the original trilogy.
The most important factor in the
development of the new Mass Effect game is also the hardest to
predict. BioWare suffered a vicious backlash after the release of ME3
poor ending. The developers haven't
forgotten this. The ending and its controversies will hang like a
sword over everything they do in development. Perhaps it will force
them toward more conventional endings. Maybe it'll inspire them to
write an even-stronger story. It's difficult to say.
Ultimately, this is all conjecture. I
have no idea what the next Mass Effect game will be like. Hopefully
it'll be good. Either way, I can't wait to
What do you think? What will the new
Mass Effect game be like? Do you want a prequel or an entirely new
story? Should Shepard come back?