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BioWare on the Next Mass Effect’s Story: It “Doesn’t Relate Necessarily to any of the Shepard Events at All”

October 15, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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Warning: Mass Effect 3 Spoilers Ahead

The next Mass Effect game, which is currently in development and shouldn’t be referred to as Mass Effect 4, has been kept under wraps, with only some brief Twitter posts from BioWare employees (Yanick, Casey, Aidan) to tease us.

Lead/Principal Writer and Narrative Director at BioWare, Mac Walters, caught up with Complex at New York Comic Con, where he was asked if the Mass Effect comic would affect the future of the series:

These were very much intended to be something that adds to the existing world rather than bridge into something new. Of course we’ve already talked about a fourth Mass Effect installment, and I can’t imagine that we wouldn’t want to use the comics as a companion. I mean, that’s where we have the best success, I think. When the comics themselves actually work with something directly in the game. Because we never just feel like, ‘this is just more Mass Effect stuff.’ We want it to fit in with the games. So I imagine that in the future, if everything keeps going well, we’ll be doing the same thing when the next Mass Effect comes out.

He was further questioned if, with Commander Shepard gone, they would be starting from scratch, or contintuing some part of that story:

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.

What do you expect BioWare will do with the next Mass Effect title? Let us know in the comments below.