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.

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4 Comments on Bioware On Mass Effect MMO: “You Never Know”

Garyn Dakari

On September 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Nope, I wouldn’t play a ME MMO, but only because I can’t afford monthly fees. I might if I had a lot of money though. I’d like to play TOR, but I can’t afford to pay 140$ a year to play it.


On September 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I think an ME MMO is a superb idea. The universe itself is vast enough to support many different plots, factions, races, and classes if that’s the way you want to put it. Though the first ME was released in 08, the franchise is still fairly new and full of promise for the future.

Star Wars on the other hand is a polar opposite. It’s been done over and over again in dozens of different ways to the point where you just don’t care anymore. Unless you’re a 55 year old geezer like my dad who grew up with Star Wars, I don’t think you have the right to continue to prance around as a fan-boy who gets into plastic light-saber fights at sci-fi conventions.

Out with the old, in with the new. Mass Effect is not going away anytime soon.


On October 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’d say the chances of getting an ME MMO is going to depend highly on the success (or epic fail) of SWTOR.

If SWTOR is an epic success then i dont see why bioware would do annother MMO (Competeing with yourself can be quite stupid)

If on the other hand SWTOR fails horribly (and assuming EA does not pull the plug on bioware right then and there to save themselves from the undoubly ungodly cost it took to make SWTOR) then they might go for a ME MMO but then again the epic fail of such a huge brand could possibly scare bioware away from doing MMOs permanently (which is largely what i hope happens)

As to answer the question in the end of this article ”Would i play a ME MMO?”

No, i would not.


On October 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm

bah, another dollhouse for you fools.