Why We Should Be Excited About The Next Mass Effect Game

Bioware have only released snippets of information for their next Mass Effect game, but there’s enough to get excited about! It has already been confirmed that Bioware have begun work on the next Mass Effect title but recently Chris Priestly, Community Coordinator at Bioware, released some more information via statements in various interviews.

The next Mass Effect game will not be titled Mass Effect 4 as that would suggest a continuity within the previous 3 games, and it has been confirmed that the next title in the franchise will not follow Command Shepard, the protagonist from previous Mass Effect games.

“Thinking of the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4 would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games.”

“That doesn’t mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won’t get recognized, but they likely won’t be what this new story will focus on, The Mass Effect universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story.”

Although we won’t be seeing the return of Commander Shepard in the next Mass Effect title, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Whether you played the game as a male or female protagonist, the role of Commander Shepard was rather stereotypical of the RPG franchise, following the imminent destruction of the universe until one unlikely hero steps forward.

Bioware are one of the most popular game developers in the market today and they’re not afraid to push the boundaries in all aspects of their games. The possibilities of the protagonist for future Mass Effect titles are endless and players can expect to see something a little different to the super soldier that Commander Shepard became

“So first, we don’t want to make ‘Shepard 2’, or Mass Effect 4 with like, ‘oh there’s no more Shepard but you’re a soldier in the universe’. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.”

One of the most appealing aspects of the Mass Effect franchise is the effort and depth that have been applied to the story. Spanning across 3 massive titles players are immersed into a totally unique universe, with everything from common daily items to planets and star systems having their own unique background story and purpose. In the same way that Bethesda provide Elder Scrolls fans with a unique story and experience based on the same lore for each game, Bioware can offer players a totally fresh experience in the Mass Effect universe, while still maintaining the history, races and events from prior games.

“This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don’t even know what kind of time frame we’re going to be in. All we’re doing is more gathering ideas from the teams.”

Bioware have also stated that decisions during your previous Mass Effect titles may play a certain part, but they will not feature as heavily as they do in the current trilogy. Mass Effect has a depth and story almost unparalleled in the gaming industry; promising to offer players new and immersive experiences for years to come.

What would you like to see in the next Mass Effect game? Leave your comments below!

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