Let’s get right into the point because this is big: Bioware is ready to return to the Mass Effect series. Mark Darrah, Anthem and Dragon Age executive producer, told Polygon that Bioware is “definitely not done with Mass Effect.”
He’s not alone on his remarks. Other Bioware high-execs are sharing their eagerness to make more Mass Effect games…maybe…someday.
What about Commander Shepard and the Reapers? Probably not on the map. Bioware’s path will more likely follow what we have already learned in the last entry of the franchise.
So, let’s dive back for a while and revive ME: A before we continue talking about the future of one of the best sci-fi game series ever.
The game that put Mass Effect on stasis
It is 2017 and sci-fi fans all over the world are not so eagerly expecting Mass Effect: Andromeda. The title came out on March 21, 2017, and it was so severely received it put the franchise on hold.
Almost two years have passed, and maybe there’s nothing else to say about Mass Effect: Andromeda and the weird quest of the Pathfinders. So, I guess I’ll chip in with my comment.
What bothered me most is that ME: A completely disregarded what happened in the original trilogy. It’s almost as it could have occurred as an entirely new game, however using the alien races, lore, and fame already built to market a sub-par title.
More so, traveling so far -to a new Galaxy, a 100 -year journey- only to meet a similar threat and two different alien races. It seems to me it didn’t entirely pay off.
Following ME: A reception, the series was put on ice. Also, it’s worth noticing that Andromeda was developed in Bioware Montreal, a smaller branch of the studio. The main studio, in Vancouver, created Mass Effect Trilogy.
However, after they finished Mass Effect 3, Bioware Vancouver took on the task of creating Anthem. Thus, they tasked the smaller studio with Andromeda. And we all know how that went.
Let me rephrase myself: I still enjoy Mass Effect: Andromeda as a sci-fi shooter. Do you?
Mass Effect into the Crucible…I mean, future
The ending of Mass Effect 3 was so entangled with the universe, on such a large scale, that further games taking place a hundred, even thousands of years after, would still have to acknowledge Shepard’s final desition.
Bioware had to either decide a canon ending, officially rendering player’s decision useless, or take the series to another galaxy.
Now, as Mark Darrah said in the interview, ME is full of storytelling opportunities. The exec says the studio could either “pull threads” from Andromeda or the main trilogy. “There’s a lot of interesting space to be explored.”
It means, for example, we could finally get the Garrus Vakarian game we heard so much. Or, maybe, we could see what happened in the First Contact wars on our consoles. What would you like to see?
Casey Hudson, Bioware general manager, also fueled the ideas. He said the ME franchise is “very much alive.
“I’m thinking all the time about things that I think will be great. It’s just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can”
Another Bioware producer, Michael Gamble, shared on twitter Bioware is “of course” not done with the franchise.
Additional sources from Kotaku explain Bioware was just resting Mass Effect after Andromeda. However, the main Bioware studio is now working on a Dragon Age game after finishing with Anthem. You can see the teaser here:
What about you? Do you want to see more Mass Effect games or rather see the franchise put to rest? Leave your comments below!