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The Next Mass Effect A Prequel?

There are two things we already know about Mass Effect 4 (or whatever they plan to call it). For now we know that BioWare wrapped up the story of Commander Shepard, so you won't be hearing about him anymore. Also, the development studio decided to utilize the Frostbite 2 engine to power the new Mass Effect game.

Meanwhile, BioWare wishes to question fans if they'd like the new Mass Effect game to be a prequel.

"Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?", tweeted Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson.

As for the status of the next ME title, well, Casey explained that the game is still in early concept stage, so it's probably gonna be a while until we see or hear something concrete about it.

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Reader Comments
Ftmch Nov 20 2012, 06:36 am EST
My guess is that it'll take place during the "first contact war" or whatever it was called when the humans first discovered the relays and fought with the asari (if I remember it correctly), or maybe the quarians at war with the geth.
  finaleve: Turians. The war was only maybe 20 years prior to ME…
Vader [STAFF] Nov 20 2012, 06:50 am EST
I'd like to see them spit on tradition. Forget prequels and reboots.

It should go further into the future. After Shepard, after the Reapers... that's what I'd like to see. New races, new worlds... the distant, distant future. Nobody ever does that.

That's what I expect from a new Star Wars movie. Also, I want Christopher Nolan to be in on that one.
Little Beaver Nov 20 2012, 06:56 am EST
Nolan is out of option. As much as i love the man i can't imagine SW getting DGR'd (Dark, Gritty, Realistic) with a mindfucking ending.

SW is all about make-up, pew pew and fwoom fwoom, whether we like it or not.

  Vader: And Inception isn't about about make-up, pew pew and …
Little Beaver: Inception is about Ellen Page ♥
Vader: Right. How could I have missed that one
finaleve Nov 20 2012, 07:47 am EST
I can see stories during the series. You know, those stories that were never actually explained in the games unless you read the codex/comic/books. It's kind of bullshit to explain a story outside of the original medium, especially for fans that don't want to go out of their way to catch up on it.

Yes, I know alternatives and whatnot, just ridiculous that this worked that way. I mean, Halo Reach technically explored the story of the book (though from what I understand, things were different).
uzmzrush Nov 20 2012, 11:00 am EST
The new main character should be an Elcor. Now wouldn't that be fun?
Reikhardt Nov 20 2012, 11:13 am EST
I think I'd like to see a KOTOR style prequel , set in the time of the build up to the Reaper invasion in the Protheans' time. Maybe playing as a member of one the subject races, fighting an underground movement against the Protheans, who in turn are just realising the Reaper threat.
S.Plissken Nov 20 2012, 11:56 am EST
Please make a choice:
1 - Prequel
2 - New Story After


Thank You for choosing 1 Prequel


Again Thank You for Choosing 1 Prequel

  LostPcGamer: True and that's what letting fans vote will get you. …
tei187: True... true... It's like "arabic numbers, motherfuc…
Whisky Nov 20 2012, 01:06 pm EST
Nude alien chicks, dammit!
  RenegadeCZ: That's a given.
Breedy_Mcfluff Nov 20 2012, 08:08 pm EST
I'd prefer to move forward. Fix the relays, create new characters, have a universe that is now changed. Going back is just... tacky.
tei187 Nov 20 2012, 09:31 pm EST
i think it's the moment where bioware realized that the ending was terrible. if they would like to do the same like with previous games and import saves then the story has to be completely different for every each ME3 ending. so lets face it - out of the question.

it's easier to make a prequel where you don't have to account for the variety of choices you've made during ME1-ME3, especially the last one since it had the biggest impact for the future story. there was always a canon approach to the game (how the writers saw the story roll) but they also gave you a sense of continuity by imports. now? it's impossible so they don't want to give you an option.
  LostPcGamer: Bioware always has a cannon ending regardless of play…
tei187: yeah, true. but what i'm saying is that you could (mo…
LostPcGamer: Yes it would be easy to take the pussy way and go the…
Terminator Nov 21 2012, 05:01 pm EST
I want Mass Effect 4 to take place 30 years after ME 3. A new generation of characters!


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