Mass Effect 4 story won’t touch on Shepard’s events “whatsoever,” says BioWare

Tuesday, 15th October 2013 11:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Mass Effect 4′s plot will not touch on Shepard’s story “whatsoever,” according to the third game’s lead writer Mac Walters.

Speaking with Complex, Walters said of the plot, “Well, I can’t get into details, but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever.

“That’s what we’ve been deciding for a while. But throughout it all, one of the key things is that it has to be Mass Effect. It can’t just feel like a spin-off. It has to feel like a Mass Effect game at its heart, at its core. Just without the Shepard character or the Shepard specific companions.”

Last year I asked BioWare to explain what Mass Effect 4′s new character is going to be like and they told me that they basically don’t want to create a ‘Shepard 2′. It seems they really do want to start with a clean slate.

On ‘that’ Mass Effect 3 ending and the way Shepard’s story concluded, Walters added, “It’s been 18-19 months since it came out and my thoughts on it are that we addressed it the best we could in the Extended Cut. We’re obviously not going to be changing anything now. We’re only going forward.

“To be fair, I get people, especially at the conventions, who will say, ‘I loved it. It was heart-wrenching, but I felt it was right for my Shepard.’ And to me, that’s why it was the right path. But because there was no choice, it was going to be right for some people, and for others, in the middle, and other people were obviously very upset about it. In hindsight, I don’t think there was anything we would have changed about that, but it is a really good lesson learned.”

What do you think? Would you like to see a brand new protagonist and part of the Mass Effect universe? Let us know below.

Via Eurogamer.



  1. Luciferous

    I’d be happy with a different flavour of RPG set in the Mass Effect universe.

    Maybe a Space Noir game set on Omega where you play a down on his luck Turian just trying to solve a murder…

    Or a maybe a young Quarian going on pilgrimage, bringing back something awesome to make Rhannoc even shinier… or or or a Quarian/Geth buddy cop game…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    This has to happen. So many changes exist within the three games that it’s practically impossible for to keep taking your choices into consideration forever.

    ME3 alone had to take in tonnes of different plot elements. Playthroughs of 3 can feel like almost entirely different stories based on what you do in 1 and 2.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Demigod

    As long as its not a prequel Fine. If it is I wont be getting it. What would be the point when I know where its leading? (a bad ending no matter what I do)

    It needs a reboot.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. redwood

    you know what would be awesome, that they name it “mass effect 2″.. as in the second trilogy :D that would be awesome fun on the forums.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. GwynbleiddiuM

    @True, but they have to decide what ending is the definitive one in order to go forward and excluding the events of the ME Trio from the next installment is just silly, unless it’s a prequel which is many things but going forward.

    Either Shepard has become the catalyst or he blew the whole thing up (the merger one was just pure bullshit imo). We can put the events of ME trio behind us but it shouldn’t be treated as it never happened.

    This adds to my suspicions that the next one is set way before the ME trio’s events which is sad imo. I want to see how everything turned out, I want to see the races work to rebuild all that is lost and I want to contribute to that process. Oh and I definitely want to play an Asari Commando or Justicar (Justicar ftw).

    #5 1 year ago
  6. AmiralPatate

    I think it’s probably the best decision. Taking into account all the variations has to be impossible, and deciding arbitrarily which variation is canon would make everybody unhappy.
    New trilogy, new start. A cool thing to do would be a start à la DA:Origins, with different races and origin stories. Something more RPG-oriented would be nice too.
    I just hope they’ll bring back the Mako :)

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Dunno

    Walters who fucked up the ending! haha great! And now him again to fuck it up again! haha Not gonna see the universe post ME3 and then they’re gonna claim they’ve listened to feedback. They’d better show something impressive. The story was the only thing that kept me playing the games.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. zersus

    I would like to know if my savegame from the end of ME3 could be imported for what ever. IF yes, then the perfectionist of me, need to finish this game one more time.

    Of course the story for my shepard is at it’s end. But maybe the will use my savegame to continue the ME4 in the world that shepard has made.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Panthro

    Hopefully they fix the body language and animations, always felt so weird how still shepherd stands and how little his face moves when hes taking…

    Be nice to have a star trek the original series vibe going on, lots of variety to missions; a more open space exploration… it could do very well without the ties to shepherd, i think it would give them more of a free rein to experiment with.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. AsianGameing

    IS EA after all , going be alot of DLC . he going happen they cut part of maid story put as dlc jut like ME3

    #10 1 year ago
  11. memphis_

    will this be a trilogy? If so i will buy it AFTER i heard news about the ending.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. syntheticsith

    i for one would enjoy the option to play as a turian,and believe it should take place before shepards time. Perhaps even before humans had yet entered existance.. better yet, why not base the game during the contact war, make the rachni and krogan have a bigger part of the game, and neuter the bastards with the genophage :)

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DSB

    Kinda like how ME2 didn’t touch on the events of ME, then. *badum tssssch*

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Ashmael

    Knowing EA business practiques im pretty sure ME4 plot is some rejected story from a cancelled game or DS3 with the ME4 name pasted on.
    Expect even more uninspired and crappy writing.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Pitts

    Mass Effect 4: starring Master Chief. That’s money.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. fearmonkey

    Alot of Sci series and games never want to make games without humans, thinking it will alienate their audience.

    I think a prequel would be nice or a new tale where you can have an alien as a char. I am thinking of what they did in Dragon Age:origins, where you can play a multitude of characters rather than just another human hero.

    I’d absolutely love to have a spin off with Garrus, my favorite from the series besides Shepard. A darker game where your an assassin would be cool too.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Darksider123

    Bioware has been saying quite a lot of bullshit the last few years.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Hyperx64

    More Mass Effect is fine by me – move the story away from the Citadel into some uncharted territory, proper space exploration would be great.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Lythlyn

    Hmm this is what i would do. MAss effect 4 – Create character of player pick of races. Turian, Krogan, Asari, Human, Quarian, Salarian. Pick planet to be born on. Game take place xxx number of years after the reaper war. Your sent out as a spectre to undercover a conspiracy that by threatens to destabilize the galactic balance and cause a galactic civil war of the united races, and at the end its revealed that the individual is doing it to piss off shepard who became a reaper to return and start the reaper wars for a second time.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. george_x72


    I have just completed the series and my final choice was SYNTHESIS.

    If you try to think a bit, this is the central marvelous idea proposed by EA Team: a new world, a new DNA, A NEW BEGINNING.

    The old worlds, old races, old DNAs (no matter what alien form, organic or synthetic, all over the ME universe) have proved their inferiority by
    ending each of their unnumbered cycles facing at war.
    Each one of these cycles was ended each time by the superior creature (called Catalyst) suppressing the organics, but then giving their new chance to step up to the next level.

    So, how many times we want to repeat our mistakes from the already passed cycles ? Endlessly ?!

    Itself, the Catalyst suggest us a new beginning (Synthesis).

    WHY NOT TO CHOSE IT ? Aren’t we always eager for anything new, no matter how much it will costs ?
    Or, aren’t we always try to change anything went worse with a new fresh start ?
    Face it and admit it.

    Therefore, I cannot think ME4 universe to anything but to a new Homeworld of the new assumed DNA by EA Team.
    No matter what finally was chosen by each of us in ME3, the new ME4 universe MUST BE as newest and as most impressive one, with totally new rules (physically -space/time, mentally, and everything transcending our minds and expectations), with definitely new life forms and why not, an ultimate Universe !

    An universe of peace. An universe where peace is everywhere (inside and outside of the new life forms minds).

    Fortunately for ME series and fans, this bubble of the new peacefully ME4 universe must spread the peace to all the other universes bubbles, I mean to the entire MULTIVERSE (where then anything inside EA Team minds will be possible and surprising all of us again and again).

    I think this will be a huge challenge for the most appreciated EA TEAM.

    Eagerly looking forward for the new ME4/5/6 multiverse …

    Sincerely yours,

    the true Shepard

    #20 11 months ago

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