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It’s not Mass Effect 4, Shepard’s story is over

by William Schwartz

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Bioware has already come out and revealed that they are working on another Mass Effect game, but fans shouldn’t be calling the next one Mass Effect 4 in lieu of a proper reveal from the developer. “The story of Commander Shepard is definitely over,” said Chris Priestly. So fans calling the next game Mass Effect 4 could cause some confusion, and possibly be a “disservice” to the first trilogy and its controversial conclusion.

“The next game will not feature him/her,” said Priestly who was not at liberty to address anything else about the next Mass Effect title. Not that the Mass Effect series isn’t confusing as it is, Bioware Montreal studio head Yannick Roy also chimed in on the next game in the Bioware Forums.

“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,” said Roy.

“The Mass Effect universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story,” he concluded.

This marks the first concrete details out of Bioware about the next Mass Effect game. There’s no telling when it will arrive, but we do know that Roy and his team are currently putting it together at Bioware Edmonton.

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