New Mass Effect won’t have anything to do with Shepard
Yes, you read that correctly, the new Mass Effect won’t have anything to do with Shephard’s story at all, according to one of the game’s writers. Said Walters, “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.”
He went on to add, “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.”
It could be a title set far into the future of the current Mass Effect trilogy, which ended, as Bioware agrees, on a rather controversial note. Said Walters, “It’s been 18-19 months since it came out and my thoughts on it are that we addressed it the best we could in the Extended Cut,” Walters explained. “We’re obviously not going to be changing anything now. We’re only going forward.”
He finished off by stating, “To be fair, I get people, especially at the conventions, who will say, ‘I loved it. It was heart-wrenching, but I felt it was right for my Shepard.’ And to me, that’s why it was the right path. But because there was no choice, it was going to be right for some people, and for others, in the middle, and other people were obviously very upset about it. In hindsight, I don’t think there was anything we would have changed about that, but it is a really good lesson learned.”
So, what would you like to see in a new Mass Effect?