No more Commander Shepard
A Shepardless Flock
Commander Shepard’s time in the spotlight might have come to an end but BioWare’s work in developing the Mass Effect universe will prove far more important for future games.
“What we will do is tell a new story set in the Mass Effect universe,” explains BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy on the company’s forum.
“That doesn’t mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won’t get recognised, but they likely won’t be what this new story will focus on.”
It’s time for a reset
A new chapter in the Mass Effect saga is a thing of great promise – the original game did a sterling job of setting up both Shepard’s world and the bigger picture (in terms of lore), so we look forward to going back to a slightly more sedate pace than ME3’s relentless, full-steam-ahead action charge.
And even if it does end up being called Mass Effect 4, don’t assume it’ll be a direct follow-up.
“[Just] because the game takes place before or after the first trilogy does not mean it’s necessarily a straight prequel or sequel,” confirms Roy.
It could be a prequel
If BioWare is talking about the game recognising and reacting to player decisions from previous titles, we can surely write off the idea of a pure prequel – after all, it’d be pretty hard for Shepard’s actions to have any consequence if they haven’t even happened yet.
Still, flashbacks to an earlier time are still possible and would actually offer a way to implement major player-based changes to the world in the space of a single game.
Multiplayer’s still on the cards
BioWare Social Network regulars were quick to jump on Roy’s original post and threw loads of questions and requests at the studio head.
While he managed to not let too much slip in terms of details, there were certainly a few suggestions of what we can expect from the overall package – multiplayer, he says, was well received in ME3 and is still being considered for ME4, although we’d worry that it only worked at all before due to the action-heavy nature of the third game.