Shepard to be a “deeper” character in Mass Effect 3, says lead writer

Saturday, 14th January 2012 22:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bioware has said Commander Shepard will be a  broader, deeper character in Mass Effect 3 due to the firm wanting to express the emotional turmoil going on inside the hero during the war.

Speaking in the latest issue of Bioware Pulse, posted below, Walters not only described the writing process for the game, but explained why the team wanted to take “that next step” with the storytelling in ME3.

“One of the things we wanted to do in Mass Effect 3 was deepen Shepard as a character, so you really get to express what your Shepard is feeling and going through, throughout the war,” said Mac Walters, lead writer on the Mass Effect franchise.

“We wanted to take that next step with the story telling. Yeah, it’s a war, yeah it’s got giant robots we get to shoot in the face, but there is a human side to the story. You are role-playing, and you are role-playing as a human. Why shouldn’t that human have an emotional component throughout the game?”

Walters goes on to say that overall, it’s looking as though the third outing in the Mass Effect 3 universe is going to be bigger than any of the others in the series, and the depth put in by the writers reflects it.

“The emotion, and depth of writing that we have in there, has also gone up another level,” he continued. “When a video game can make you feel something but also be fun and entertaining, then I think we’ve done our jobs.”

Mass Effect 3 is out in March.



  1. TerraZet

    Ace, can’t wait to pirate it :3

    Fuck am I letting Origin probe my PC for information

    Inb4 a bunch of EA-White Knights try to defend EA by saying their ass is tasty.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Night Hunter

    @1: isn’t it pretty much the other way around these days with everyone hating BioWare and EA?

    So Inb4 a bunch of Mass Effect haters because it is a 3rd person shooter and they’ll rather wait for some real RPGs

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight


    You sir are the reason why corporations are endorsing SOPA. Thank you sir.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    im with 1 here, its stupid how you can get something for free and people still choose to pay and all this shit about ruining the industry is aload of bollocks.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. alterecho

    Would all the pirates here, work for 8 hrs+ for free/w/o salary?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    Would you pay for a cake with a turd on top when theres an infinite line of replicating free turd-free cakes next to it?

    The baker worked hard on the turd cake.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Noodlemanny

    Well no you’d still get the same turd cake it’ll just be free. But if you want the product why should the people who made it get nothing out of it? Like alterecho said would you work for free?
    It’s so very not aload of bollocks. How many studios are have shut down in 2011 alone? How many people have been laid off? Why is there all of a sudden soooo many arcade, indie and handheld games popping up everywhere everyday?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OrbitMonkey

    Broaden Shepards character? If my renegade build can’t fuck it, or kill it. He don’t want to know!

    Guess I’ll have to build some bleeding heart Palladian bitch to fully experience this new emotive storytelling ;-)

    #8 3 years ago
  9. IL DUCE

    As I’ve said on previous occasions…the majority of PC gamers, or more specifically one’s willing to pirate, are a bunch of self-entitled whiney little bitches that think they should get everything for free and will justify it with any bullshit they can think up…although this will likely never happen – if the games industry ever did crumble due to pirating, I’d be the first to hope you pirates fall off a cliff…

    #9 3 years ago
  10. LOLshock94

    @7 reason why these companys are going down is either there games are terrible or they dont appeal to anyone
    please tell me whats the difference between pirating a game and not buying one? because there is no difference.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @10 Because you are a reason why companies are endorsing bills like SOPA, PIPA and DRM also you are the reason why developers don’t want to go on the PC because the market can be volatile for new studios. When publishers and devs go with services like Onlive or Galkai, all you pirates will be fucked because then you will be unable to pirate shit.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    There’s quite arguably a lot of provisions within SOPA and PIPA that go far beyond combating piracy, you can’t possibly use that as an excuse. It’s also about allowing for even more outrageous litigation, to an extent that’ll make Bethesda look like the most ethical company on the planet, with the added bonus of crippling any kind of online community that isn’t sponsored or run by the IP tycoons themselves.

    It’s about discouraging user-generated content and opening the door to an unprecendented ammount of legal sabotage as much as hunting pirates, which the law essentially does very little to actually help.

    Like DRM it’s only about piracy as far as the press release. It’s just going to allow corporations to sabotage the competition with complete disregard for peoples basic rights, while practically ruining the viability of user generated content. Obviously they have a big interest in both. If user generated content gets stifled, then people will have to rely on corporations to a much higher extent.

    Of course the ESA is going to support that – Most of their members are making a killing selling content that modders could make for free.

    SOPA and PIPA makes as much sense as putting a microphone and camera on every single person under the pretense that it’ll keep them from committing murder, or shoplifting. Or reproducing pop-art without a license.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. LOLshock94

    @11 if SOPA, PIPA and DRM all did there job then there wouldn’t be any piracy.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    I know what SOPA and PIPA is about but why most of the smaller companies are for it is the fear of having their content stolen that is the underlying reason but then you get Hollywood and the radio industry lobbyists having more than just having their content protect but every aspect of it being protected against. I see it as using Napalm to destroy a ant hill.

    Not going to discuss what SOPA or PIPA in this topic. My point is that people like lolshock and Terrazet are the reason why companies are trying their damnest to stop it.

    BTW DRM is not built to stop pirating, its built to delay it look at AC with that always on DRM. It took the piraters 2 weeks to crack it.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Froseidon

    @4 What sort of ****ed-up logic is that? Going by that logic, it is possible to murder someone, so why not do it?

    Really though, all because you can doesn’t make it right. I really hate people who pirate things, the industry gets really crippled by people who pirate things. You a complete cock if you pirate things, just sayin’.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    @14 I don’t see how most smaller companies are for it, though. Often those companies appeal to a smaller base, which makes the business-consumer relationship a lot more important than when you’re a big corporation purely communicating by means of mass media.

    Thankfully the entire industry doesn’t operate according to the same beliefs and systems, but it is pretty sad to see some ESA members claim to be against SOPA, while apparently still supporting it by remaining members.

    Piracy sucks, but it’s already illegal, it’s already open to legal action. People can already be held accountable, and it’s hard to find examples of piracy actually hurting peoples business, although they do occur – At least if you believe CD Projekt Red.

    It’s a question of more wanting more. According to EA, every PC release is bringing in more than every console release, so there’s little reason to fear for their livelihood. Based on that, we can pretty safely conclude that their object is making more money, not securing a struggling business.

    Activision has doubled their (non MMO) revenue on the PC, while Ubisoft has lost 60% since the introduction of their DRM. No matter what that DRM is meant to achieve, I’d say 60% of your business is a pretty high price to pay.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Hybridpsycho

    In BioWares new language this means: He’ll be in a gay encounter at least once in the game. Forced even.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. MegaGeek1

    @8 – LMFAO!!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. MegaGeek1

    @ 10 – That has to be the most trifling reasoning I’ve ever been subjected to. The difference is, someone like my mother – who would never EVER buy this game – is not the developers target demographic, therefore there is no lost sale. However, you – who is interested enough in this game to follow its news on the internet, talk about on a blog, and eventually take the time to pirate it – are the target demographic. Because, for whatever reason (probably being a cheap fuck,) you choose to pirate it over purchasing it, you are taking money out of the developers pocket.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. unacomn

    You had 6 writers in Mass Effect 2, and yet you managed to make the most pointless and faceplamish plot in the series so far?
    That takes skill, real skill to muck up.

    Also “in two months we get to take Earth back”? Earth was AOK when I left.

    #20 3 years ago

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