BioWare contemplating future of the Mass Effect universe

Thursday, 14 April 2011 15:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Just because the end of the Mass Effect trilogy is currently in development at BioWare, doesn’t mean the series is finalized. In fact, founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are actually contemplating how to move the series forward in the future.

Speaking in an interview with Game Informer, the doctors expressed how pleased they were to be bringing the trilogy to a close with Mass Effect 3, but at the same time, insisted that there are no plans to “put the Mass Effect world on the shelf forever and never come back to it.”

“One of the things that we’re really aware of for Mass Effect 3 is that we have a lot of new fans that are entering the fiction every time we launch one of these games,” said Muzyka. “So we want to make sure it’s accessible and can appeal to someone who hasn’t played the first two games.

“Regardless of whether you played Mass Effect 1 or not or Mass Effect 2 or not, we want to make sure you have a great experience in Mass Effect 3. If you’ve played the first two games we want your choices to mean something. It’s really about building it for all of the different audiences we have to accommodate and delivering it at high quality.

“It’s exciting to be able to deliver an epic trilogy and wrap up the story in a way that’s going to be really satisfying, and high impact, and intense. And answer a lot of questions for the fans and bring it to a really satisfying conclusion.”

“We’re pretty big. We have lots of teams. Lots of possibilities. Even though we will effectively finish the trilogy it’s not like it’s over in the sense of ‘Hey, we’re going to put the Mass Effect world on the shelf forever and never come back to it.’ We’ve already been thinking about that,” added Zeschuk.

“We’re deep in development on 3 and it’s chugging along. So really an objective for us at this point is get that done but also think of the future of the universe. One thing that’s really clear is people love the Mass Effect universe. We really want to make sure that what we’re doing next is going to satisfy them and really move it forward.”

A few juicy details from the latest edition of Game Informer shed some light on what to expect with Mass Effect 3 earlier in the week, and as far as the future of the series is concerned, and producer Casey Hudson even offered that an MMO in the future “makes sense” for Mass Effect.

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