Bioware On Mass Effect MMO: “You Never Know”
With Mass Effect 3 coming in just a few months, the eyes of a world hungry for the final chapter in the adventures of Commander Shepherd turn to parts north, and BioWare’s Canadian HQ. Because the possibility of a final “I should go” is too horrible to bear, everyone on the internet wants to know if they have any plans for the Mass Effect universe after the Reaper threat is defeated once and for all. Will they make a first person shooter? Perhaps a Mass Effect Kart racing game! Yeah, we’d love to see Harbinger versus Shepherd competing in the Mushroom cup!
Actually, the idea most often bandied around, mostly because BioWare is about to drop The Old Republic on us, is a MAss Effect MMO. It sounds like a good idea, if only because if you’re going to ruin a franchise by releasing unnecessary sequels, a super fan wank is probably the least damaging. Well, Industry Gamers had a little chat with BioWare’s Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk and asked them how the company is feeling about an ME MMO. The answer? Maybe! Possibly! Sure, why not! And other noncommittal non answers:
You never know. I think once The Old Republic is done, we’ll take a fresh look at the market. And we’ll have learned a lot. While making it, you learn an enormous amount. It’s one of the nice things about having these properties in our back pocket… If we want to use something we own as a source for a game, it’s easy to do. So yeah, you never know. We’ve got this giant product to launch, but once that’s done we’ll consider next steps.
Using the power of sifting through corporate bulls-, er, boilerplate that I learned from far too many years working for a very prominent online dating service, I read between the lines and deduce that they have no plans for a Mass Effect MMO whatsoever. However, they want to leave their options open in case TOR blows up like the death star. CASE CLOSED!
What do you think? Am I being stupid? Would you even play a ME MMO? Let us know in comments.
Via Computer and Video Games.