BioWare "absolutely sure" that more Mass Effect will have "no more Shepard"
Posted: 19.10.2012 14:00 by Simon Priest Comments: 5
Producer Fabrice Condominas from BioWare Montreal has affirmed that any future Mass Effect instalment won't be reviving Commander Shephard as "the trilogy is over." They won't opt for a clone either.

The universe of Mass Effect is "vast, and very, very rich." Right now the studio is unsure of the timeframe as they're just "gathering ideas from the teams," and user feedback.

It's fair to say that they don't want another soldier character similar to Shephard when they return us to the Mass Effect realm. Perhaps we won't even be human?

“There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over," declared BioWare's Fabrice Condominas. “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, gathering feedback to see several things.”

"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.”

There are plenty of alien species to tap into that all have very colourful backgrounds and customs to be further explored. Of course the larger issue perhaps for any more instalments to the series it when it would take place. Will it occur post-Shephard and the Reaper threat? If so, will our choices made throughout the trilogy impact anything?

Mass Effect 3 gains the Omega DLC expansion to the campaign November 27th.

Source: VG247

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By YouriRevenn (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 19, 2012
But i'm begging u! Dont make a "new" MMO O.o.... Pls!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 19, 2012
Ditto - no more MMO's....from anybody, at least for a bit. As for Shepard, I never liked him anyway (preferred the female version).
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Oct 20, 2012
i don't think they will let the Mass Effect universe die,their biggest money making machine,now that would be stupid.Bioware has an excellent product and has the foothold like Call of Duty Series in one of the best scifi titles ever released,an excellent multiplayer and a game engine that has no match for the moment.
There will defenitly be a spinoff series maybe like Mass Effect Infiltrator (I-phone) with a different charachter.Shepard can't be the only single hero of the universe.
By wolfsrain (SI Member) on Oct 21, 2012
After Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3 and SWTOR it's really hard to be excited by any game made by the EA Bioware. I rather pay EA to dissolve Bioware and forget the RPG niche forever.

P.S.: EA's biggest money maker it's not Mass Effect (or Bioware, which failed miserably to meet the predicted sales or to deliver the WoW killer). Their biggest money maker it's the bloody Sims (which gets a new expansion this november). After that, you have FIFA, NFS, Medal of Honor. The Bioware games are very low on the moneymaking scale. So far, ME3 still struggles to sell better than ME2. As for DA2, still didn't manage to sell more than DAO.

So for Bioware, DA3 will be the last chance to deliver a blockbuster. If they don't succeed, prolly Bioware will suffer the same fate as Westwood, Origin, Bullfrog and other studios bought by EA. And the IP's will fade with the time into Oblivion.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Oct 21, 2012
Mass Effect Trilogy launches next month,they converted the first Mass Effect for the Ps3,they have made it a launch title for the next Wii U ,they still make dlc after a year of release and you say that Dragon Age 3 will be their next big score,i think you are misinformed,Dragon Age will not surpass the sales of the Mass Effect franchise since the second Dragon Age was not that good,also for Origins for the Vita.
Bioware will however release Baldurs Gate HD,try this one instead of Dragon Age,you will be more impressed.