BioWare still considering where to take Mass Effect next

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 05:44 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The two doctors of BioWare have said they’re still figuring out what’s in store for the Mass Effect universe once the initial trilogy draws to a close.

“Certainly the setting has really resonated with people, the type of aliens in the world, the type of people that inhabit space,” Greg Zeschuk told Forbes.

“Obviously we focus first and foremost on nailing it on this game, and then, you know, the possibilities in the future are very, very broad.”

“We want to make sure it’s awesome. [Mass Effect 3] is our first focus,” Ray Muzyka added.

“Beyond that, we do have a desire to continue the Mass Effect franchise, and we’re working on the details, figuring out what the fans want, figuring out the right way.”

Players do care about the Mass Effect universe, as evidenced by their delight in save forwarding features.

“One of the requirements for games to import saves and have continuity is that the player has to care about that experience. It has to be meaningful to them,” Muzyka explained.

“That could be mean characters you care about, it could mean abilities, progression on your character that you want to retain. It could be any of those things, or all those things.

“But if you don’t have something that people actually care about translating from one game to the next – you could do it, but there wouldn’t be a point. But because people do care about our games, they care about the persistent state of the story, there’s a reason to do that.

“And we’re excited about that. Because we love allowing our audience to be immersed for a long time in our universe.”

Mass Effect 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March next year. BioWare has made numerous comments that it may continue the franchise.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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