Where To Next For The Mass Effect Series?
It’s now past a year since Mass Effect 3 released to the world and taught the gaming industry a valuable lesson on fan engagement. But the Mass Effect series didn’t quite end there (had to) with a few downloadable packs releasing thereafter, concluding with something of a series send-off DLC entitled Citadel — which I still have to play…
But now that all is said and done, and Shepard’s story seems more or less concluded for the moment, the obvious question for everyone is, of course, “Where to, next?”
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Well as much as I’d love to sit and share all of my ideas for the next Mass Effect iteration in the series which is now very much a franchise (I’d stake my paragon tattoo on it), I won’t need to just yet, because a few BioWare developers, who have previously been keeping quite mum about their future plans, have come out and spoken of their ideas for future spin-offs, in an interview with OXM.
Would you like to hear some of them? Of course you would.
“There’s so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe,” said Casey Hudson. “It’s be cool to do something completely unrelated to the larger storyline, like a story about a private investigator on the Citadel. Or maybe something detailing Garrus’ time in C-Sec.”
Hudson wasn’t the only person in favour of a Garrus-featured spin-off.
“While being one of Shepard’s most loyal friends, Garrus has also had some of the most driven personal goals,” said Dusty Everman. “He’s a hero in his own right, as Archangel and beyond. Who wouldn’t want to see the further adventures of the bold, charming Garrus Valkarian (there’s a lot of guns out there to calibrate).”
I feel odd about the fact that I noticed he misspelled Garrus’ surname, being the developer and all that. It’s Vakarian, bro. (Fanboy alert.)
Back to commentary, Preston Watamaniuk said, “A game centred on the brutal Krogan combat with more of a melee focus could be pretty exciting,” to which we agree fully. Especially if it was set in, say, the Rachni Wars, or the outbreak of the Genophage, a battle ultimately lost by the Krogan.
Mac Walters was the next developer to add a comment, struggling to make up his mind on which of the various characters he favoured: “Aria. The Illusive Man. Kai Leng. Any henchman. The list goes on. I think most of them could have successful spin-offs of their own in some fashion.”
Some best left as DLC, I feel. I mean really, a full-length game about Kai Leng? Pass.
The final developer to add a comment was Mike Gamble, who said, “Following the story of Javik a little bit more would be pretty cool. As the last remaining member of a lost race, I think that we could tell a lot of stories about his adventures in the Milky Way, and coming to terms with his place in the new Galaxy.”
The next Mass Effect game, powered by Frostbite 3, is reported to be currently in development at BioWare Montreal so it won’t be too long before we find out what BioWare has in store for us, but I have to see, even just musing on possibilities is quite exciting. The prospect of a Garrus-starring game is especially high on the list of desirables, so too a game about Miranda Lawson, although that’s just a personal one.
What would you like to see in future Mass Effect spin-offs?