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BioWare contemplating future of the Mass Effect universe

Thursday, 14th 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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  1. YoungZer0

    How about a third-person shooter in the Mass Effect Uni- oh wait.

    Seriously though a Sandbox Game set in the Mass Effect Universe would be fantastic.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    I see what you did there!

    #2 3 years ago
  3. UuBuU

    An MMO and a film are the future of Mass Effect.

    I’m really not sure what other direction the franchise could go in. A first-person shooter would undoubtedly sell well, but I think it would be very boring in the Mass Effect universe.

    An RTS could work, but would probably turn out to be a ShiteCraft II clone.

    And as much as I’d love to see them try and tackle a much more open, large-scale RPG with loads of fully explorable, detailed planets, I don’t see it happening.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    reslly want them to carry on with mass effect and halo!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. f1r3storm

    BioWare + DICE = Battlefield: Mass Effect :D

    #5 3 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    i think I will always be a mass effect fan.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Elite-style game based in the Mass Effect universe. Do it!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. StolenGlory

    @7

    Thargoids > Reapers.

    A universal truth. :)

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    @3, a Mass Effect Movie? Impossible. because Mass effect is basically a knock off of 80-th and 90th and 2000th movies.

    Everything that is in Mass effect universe is already taken from other resources (books, movies). Everything. Even characters.

    Maybe peeps that know shit and went only to school think that ME is something new is not. I’m not saying that knock offs are bad, but Mass Effect took everything from others and didn’t had ANY original idea in it. Zero original idea.

    Even Halo (oh how i hate this piece of…) have more original ideas then this.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. UuBuU

    @9 I didn’t say a movie would be a good idea, I simply said it’s going to happen. And it will.

    You say it’s impossible, yet Legendary Pictures have already aquired the rights.

    Mass Effect may borrow a lot from other sources, but the same can be said about a lot of sci-Fi franchises. The genre is almost as notorious for recycling ideas as fantasy with it’s constant use of elves, orcs, etc.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. f1r3storm

    “I’m not saying that knock offs are bad, but Mass Effect took everything from others and didn’t had ANY original idea in it. Zero original idea.”

    Who cares? Doesn’t need to be new everytime.

    Even if it borrowed a lot, it’s still more awesome than many SciFi stuff out there.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @9: “Everything that is in Mass effect universe is already taken from other resources (books, movies). Everything. Even characters.”

    Name a few.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    @12,

    The Citadel Council is the governing body of the Citadel(Babylon 5, Star Trek), tried to search for the ancient and forgotten civilizations (Gateway) and fought with a synthetic form of life, decided to kill all the organics (BattleStar Galactica, Terminator), and tried to save everyone from the invasion of Ancient Evil (series “Berserker” Fred Saberhagen).

    I can continue. Each game didn’t created something it’s own. One huge copy paste of great works of the past or great works of today sci fi stuff.
    Even soundtracks sometimes are just a remix.

    @f1r3storm, “Who cares? Doesn’t need to be new everytime.”

    Sure, but no one wants something new. It must be something it’s own, rather then copy paste from other masterpieces.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. butcher13

    @13

    Wait a minute, did you just seriously list Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Gallactica and The Terminator as original works?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. UuBuU

    @13 – Ok, so the main storyline isn’t exactly unique. So what?

    What about all the countless games that involve a hero setting out to stop a dark lord or tyrant? And what about all the games that use Elves, Orcs and Dwarves?

    Perhaps Blizzard should not exist because their biggest franchises are all built around heavy “copy and pasting”?

    Compared to those kind of games, Mass Effect’s borrowing from other sources is minor at best.

    Personally, I think you’re just nit-picking and talking out of your arse because you don’t like Mass Effect.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. SwiftRanger

    Not making any more fantasy spin-offs would be a great start.

    After that, trying to eclipse Star Control II would be a good idea as well. ME1 made travelling space a worse experience than SCII. Shooter gameplay doesn’t bother me but they have to provide something deeper than basing three full games around one silly, boring invasion.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. DSB

    I don’t think the movie industry is particularly hot on videogames. Especially high profile ones like Mass Effect.

    It may appeal to gamers, but you’re going to have to sell it to people who’ve never owned a console as well, and publishers will be trying to maximize their take, making it two middlemen (notoriously cheap movie studios + notoriously shrewd games publishers) in getting the movie to market.

    And you only have two hours to bring people up to speed as to the universe. Races, attributes etc. It’s hard to make sense of all that without a glossary.

    I’d say a game like Brütal Legend fits a lot better. Simple, familiar without neccesarily copying anything (ie getting close to Star Wars and Star Trek) and probably cheap as an intellectual property, that didn’t achieve a lot of succes.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @17: Avi Arad has optioned the movie rights in 2008.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Erthazus

    @15, “Ok, so the main storyline isn’t exactly unique. So what? ”

    I repeat myself again. It’s not just a story. It’s everything about it.
    The better explanation i can give is that Mass Effect is a RESKIN of great movies and books of the past.
    Bioware forgot since the first game to breath it’s own life in to it.

    for me it felt like i’m playing a dumbed down third person shooter with dumbed down RPG elements with the storyline that was before. I’m not saying that Mass Effect is CRAP, it’s just mediocre or OK at best.

    Same thing like Saints row is a crappy Rip Off of GTA 4, or Two worlds is a crappy version of TES series.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. UuBuU

    @19 – “Same thing like Saints row is a crappy Rip Off of GTA 4, or Two worlds is a crappy version of TES series.”

    Yet, you could also say that GTA borrows a lot from crime films, or that TES borrows a lot from the Lord of the Rings. In fact you’ll very rarely find a game that hasn’t borrowed heavily from other sources.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DSB

    @18 True dat. He still needs a workable screenplay and a studio who’ll buy it, though.

    If Uncharted tanks, I wouldn’t hold out hope for Mass Effect or inFamous. There’s still a lot left to prove after the Uwe Boll movies and Max Payne.

    @19 Except Saints Row 2 wasn’t a crappy ripoff, it was a great copy. It just took what used to be fun about GTA and made it even more over the top. It’s certainly a lot more fun than GTA IV ever got.

    What ruined ME2 for me was that it tried to span the third person shooter and the RPG, without doing either very well.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Shonak

    @Erthazus: Hm, okay. “Everything that is in Mass effect universe is already taken from other resources (books, movies). Everything. Even characters.” Even characters, so? Like the majority of them? Then again, as DSB already mentioned, everybody is kinda taking influences. Hell, even if you are original at something, or try to be original, you can be sure that some other dude already did it before, at least in a similiar way. Get off your high horse. If you think that Mass Effect is mediocre, that’s fine. But it’s still way more original than most other RPGs (yes, even like The Witcher…) or basically every Shooter out there, except Bioshock – then again there’s System Shock 2. Now of course you will say, no, the witcher is more original, but in fact it’s not. It realizes on two things in regards of its world and also on most charachters, besides a immature way of dealing with sexual intercourse. A shady line between good or evil with consequences and a rascist treatment of elves, dwarves etc. Yeah, sure… As I’ve said. It’s ok if you say Mass Effect is ok or mediocre or even bad, but just because it is influenced by other media doesn’t mean that it’s not original.

    #22 3 years ago