BioWare has yet to set their popular sci-fi series Mass Effect out to pasture and while Shepard’s story has come to its end – although we don’t know how definite those statements are - the studio has started batting around ideas for games that continue exploring the series’ universe through new characters, or spinoffs with already popular ones.
We already know another Mass Effect is underway at BioWare Montreal, but whether this is a proper numbered sequel or one of the aforementioned spinoffs, isn’t clear. However, in an interview in the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine, developers Casey Hudson, Mac Walters, Dusty Everman, Mike Gable and Preston Watamaniuk discuss the future of the franchise, which just might be linked with the BioWare Montreal project.
Leading the pack in spinoff candidates is everyone’s favorite Turian Garrus Vakarian, who also appears to be a favorite of Hudson’s.
“There’s so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe. It’d be cool to do something completely unrelated to the larger storyline, like a story about a private investigator on the Citadel. Or maybe something detailing Garrus’ time in C-Sec.”
Everman also chimed in in support of Garrus and stated a good case for further development of his story stating, “While being one of Shepard’s most loyal friends, Garrus has also had some of the most driven personal goals.” He continued, “He’s a hero in his own right, as Archangel and beyond. Who wouldn’t want to see the further adventures of the bold, charming Garrus Valkarian (there’s a lot of guns out there to calibrate).” Everman went on to say that a melee focused Krogan adventure could be “pretty exciting” as well and that Grunt would definitely be down for another scrap.
Other front-runners include Aria T’Loak, the de facto ruler of Omega, assassin Kai Leng and of course, the Illusive Man whose own name begs his character be further explored. But is it the mystery itself that makes him such an intriguing character and would expanding his past demean his character? Doubtful he’d be as popular as the “Upfront Man”? But Walters suggest that part of his story could be fleshed out as a “prequel set during the First Contact War.”
The First Contact War, the human and Turian conflict set many year before the first game, was an important period in the Mass Effect universe. It was the humans’ first contact with other intelligent life that catapulted them to recognition as an important, powerful presence in the universe. It could be interesting to see how our place in the galaxy began.
One idea that many may not have thought of is the further examination of From Ashes DLC character Javik, the last remaining Prothean, as Gamble explains.
“Following the story of Javik a little bit more would be pretty cool. As the last remaining member of a lost race, I think that we could tell a lot of stories about his adventures in the Milky Way, and coming to terms with his place in the new Galaxy.”
It’s evident there are innumerable directions that BioWare can take the series and Mass Effect’s story is only limited by the developers’ imagination and willingness to explore. Whether they will star characters we know and love, or entirely new ones, we can be sure that fans’ appetite for more Mass Effect will be momentarily satiated in the near future.
So, readers, who would you like to see star in a future Mass Effect title? What part of Mass Effect’s history would you like to see explored? Let us know in the comments.
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