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Mass Effect producer asks if next game should be prequel or sequel

Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson asks whether fans want the next title to take place before or after the events of the main trilogy. Hudson tweeted the question last night, the latest in a line of queries which, if serious, mean the game is still very early in pre-production.

We know the next Mass Effect will be based on the Frostbite engine with some customization from the Dragon Age 3: Inquisition team, and that it is being built at BioWare Montreal as opposed to the trilogy's home of BioWare Edmonton. BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy said the game will respect what made the series successful while exploring new angles.

Hudson also noted significant player interest in playable alien races in an earlier tweet. The Mass Effect trilogy allowed players to customize their protagonist, but only to the extent that he or she remained a human commander of the Systems Alliance. On the other hand, BioWare allowed players to choose between playing several races with unique backgrounds in Dragon Age: Origins.

Setting the game after the trilogy would be challenging, as the galaxy is irrevocably altered in varying ways by Shepard's choices. A prequel could have the opposite problem, leaving few important decisions up to the player since its events must logically lead to the established material.

It's a tough call, and unfortunately punching the reporter won't help this time. When would you set the next Mass Effect game in the series' timeline?

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23 comments

  • Sp3n - November 20, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    A sequel would be hard to pull off for the reasons mentioned but would be a more rewarding setting.
  • LordEvan88 - November 20, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    If you don't have a story to tell, don't tell a story. I feel like they are just making a new Mass Effect because its EA and they want more money. But you can't just force a story every 2-3 years or the quality is going to drop. Is there more to explore in the Mass Effect universe? Yes. But seeing as we are probably just going to find ourselves walking down linear hallways shooting enemies, they should have a really good story idea before they do anything.
  • SentientSquidMachine - November 20, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Agree 100%. Total cash grab.
  • oryanbelt - November 20, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    I remember talk of a prequel idea that starred Anderson during his time as a Spectre as an intriguing idea. Having Saren return as an antagonist for the story would be interesting as well
  • scifly - November 20, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    I hope not because the 1st novel already covered that.
  • FoxdenRacing - November 20, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    What I'd want the most? A side story. Nothing directly in-line with the original trilogy...think KoToR vs Ep1/2/3. They have a huge, rich universe there to explore. Human vs Turian, Rachni Wars, Krogan Rebellions, Anderson vs Saren [though that wouldn't be enough for its own trilogy], even the race that existed before the last time the Reapers showed up. It's entirely possible to have a fully-fleshed-out game that has nothing to do with Shepard; the only caveat is that we aren't going to see another game on the epic proportions of the first trilogy without going into another reaper cycle, or risking some serious DBZ syndrome.
  • samsneeze - November 20, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    How can there be a sequel when you've already revealed that a group of autistic children playing with a snow globe imagined it all?
  • robertajohnson2 - November 20, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    Love my job, since I've been bringing in $75h… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online…Mel7.CoM
  • shadow707 - November 20, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    kotar 3 with Mass effect rpg elements and gameplay
  • bigaarron1 - November 20, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    Forget Mass Effect just now and make a new KOTOR!
  • winner2 - November 20, 2012 8:48 p.m.

    ^This right here
  • Darkhawk - November 20, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    I'm always down for a sequel over a prequel. Pre's are too limited by the endpoint at which the narrative is forced to conclude. Plus it winds up being about characters to which we have less emotional investment. Make a sequel, put us in the shoes of a new character who gets caught up in "The Search For Shepard", and make Shepard either the big villain or big anti-hero you go up against.
  • Letter11 - November 20, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    They have a serious problem in deciding where to take the series next, because ultimately how can anything be as interesting as the fate of the galaxy and the malevolent Reapers which threatened it? It's a similar situation between what happened with Dragon Age, and Dragon Age II. The first game you are responsible for fighting the blight which threatens the entire kingdom, but in the second it's just about Kirkwall. Dragon Age II was a decent game in my opinion, but the scale of the story left something to be desired. I wonder if they can come up with a premise that interests me, but I guess I usually prefer taking a story forward as opposed to prequels.
  • JarmoThor - November 20, 2012 1:49 p.m.

    SEQUEL!!! Prequel is the easy way out that in the long run dont make any sense, cause you have to tie it with the stuff that's happend before... SEQUEL!!! And Bioware, you know everyone want's it cos... Well you know...
  • TheInvincibleDragon - November 20, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    SEQUEL!!! From what I hear, the Shepard saga is over, and it should start with another person's story, and include a "mini-prequel" like Dragon Age: Origins had. And, while it should be another person's story, I'm pro-Garrus. Don't think ANYONE has any complaints with Garrus. If he doesn't make it into the next game, no biggie. Just start the series with a different person's story.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - November 20, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    Love to see it set during the Krogan Rebellions of Rachni Wars. Can't remember if humans were around during that time period, but you'd still be able to play as any of the other races.
  • Viron - November 20, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    Humans weren't around, the Krogan rebellions happened around the end of the US Civil War.
  • Viron - November 20, 2012 5 p.m.

    I guess Sequel, seeing as a prequel would be about the first contact war, and that would be kind of boring.
  • AuthorityFigure - November 21, 2012 1:03 a.m.

    A midquel. Either of the choices he's presented are embarassingly predictable.
  • MeanwhileGuy - November 21, 2012 2:44 a.m.

    I'd go for a prequel. There's just so much of the Mass Effect universe that we haven't seen. Ideally, it would be set right after the First Contact war between the Humans and Turians ended. That way, you could have a politically tense background to serve as backstory. It should also be much smaller scale. Well, by smaller scale I mean in terms of storyline. Ditch the galaxy-wide threats and concentrate on exploration and character interaction. I think the fans would go apeshit for a fully-explorable galaxy, with your own completely customisable character, who, naturally, has his/her/this one's own ship to go careering around the galaxy in. As much as I love your crew and squadmates, the game would benefit from having an entirely new cast, and should have no mention of previous main characters. Sure, it would be fun to run into some of the more minor characters from time to time, such as Matriarch Aethyta or Captain Kirrahe, but running into Liara or Garrus would screw the continuity too much. Oh, and I guess more RPG elements as well. Almost forgot; SPACE COMBAT, or at least the option to fly around. So ideally, my version of the game would be a mix of KOTOR, Skyrim, Mass Effect 1 and old-school Final Fantasy (by that I mean the awesome bits of getting to fly around on an airship with your party.). Now, tell me that wouldn't be a great game.

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