BioWare: Mass Effect 4 Not Related to Shepard Events “Whatsoever”
There’s painting yourself into a corner and then there’s killing off your franchise’s lead character with an out-of-left-field twist that not only doesn’t make sense, it completely ruins any future storylines you want to write in that universe.
That worse-than-painted-into-a-corner spot is where BioWare finds itself, but it is still plodding ahead with Mass Effect 4.
Complex Gaming caught up with BioWare scribe Mac Walters at NYC Comic Con over the weekend, and the inevitable topics of Mass Effect 3′s ending and where Mass Effect 4 will possibly go came up. Here’s what Walters had to say about ME4:
“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. Beyond that, that’s what we’ve been deciding for awhile. 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.”
Here’s the thing, though. No matter how much it doesn’t relate to Shepard “whatsoever” it’s still a Mass Effect game, and after the ending of Mass Effect 3, it’s pretty well buggered. Create a prequel, or even set it in a completely different, unknown part of the universe with all new races, religions and tech, and fans of the franchise will know that the Star Child is out there somewhere, waiting to step in and render moot absolutely everything that takes place, even if he’s never so much as mentioned. Set it in the future, and the whole Control, Destroy, or Synthesize decision would have a massive impact on how the universe evolved.
Bottom line: there is simply no escaping the Star Child, and I have no clue how BioWare can pull off another Mass Effect without major issues unless it is willing to completely alter canon.
How about you? Where would you like to see Mass Effect go, and how do you think BioWare could do it?
And if you’re just catching up with this and wondering what a Star Child is, get up to speed with Game Front’s thorough Mass Effect 3 ending coverage.