BioWare Doesn’t Want Us Calling Next ME Game Mass Effect 4
BioWare doesn’t want us to call the next entry in the Mass Effect series Mass Effect 4, because that implies a continuation of Commander Shepard’s story.
Community manager Chris Priestly wrote on the official forums:
“To call the next game Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here.
“We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying ‘well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending’. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda.”
BioWare Montreal boss Yanick Roy chimed in, suggesting that the game may still take place after the events of ME3:
“Thinking of the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4 would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games. That doesn’t mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won’t get recognized, but they likely won’t be what this new story will focus on.
“If you had three games centered around a group of key soldiers in the US army during World War I and then decided to make a game about another group of people during the Second World War, the games could have many points in common and feel true to one another.
“You likely would have to recognize how the events of the first war influenced the ones of the second, but you would not necessarily think of it as a sequel. Again, the analogy is not great, but what I’m trying to say is that the ME universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story.”
Roy did assure fans that the next Mass Effect game would feature the same alien races, technology, lore, and history that make up the ME universe, and went on to say that we shouldn’t expect any concrete information on this title for “several more months.”
Are you willing to give BioWare a shot at redemption with Mass Effect 4? [sic]