BioWare’s Chris Wynn responds to the suggestion that the Mass Effect franchise needs its iconic Commander Shepard to be present in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

BioWare’s senior development director Chris Wynn has recently responded to fan criticisms about the company’s decision to leave Commander Shepard out of the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. Responding to a fan who said that Mass Effect would be ‘”embarrassing” without the game’s iconic Commander, Wynn replied on Twitter that the space-themed action RPG series doesn’t necessarily require the character in order to be a success.

“Be open minded to a Mass Effect with no Shepard,” Wynn stated. “It can be good.”

For those players that have not played the previous three games in the series, Commander Shepard acted as the game’s protagonist and was controlled by the player both in action and dialogue. The Commander, whilst typically thought of as male, could be fully customized both in appearance and gender so that every player’s Shepard was unique to their save files. This appearance could be transferred across games, meaning that players could bring their iteration of the legendary Commander with them throughout the series.

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Now though, BioWare has confirmed that Shepard’s story is over with the end of the trilogy and that the new game doesn’t relate to that original story whatsoever. And whilst Shepard won’t be Andromeda‘s playable main character, it’s entirely possible that BioWare may sneak in a few references to the old Commander somewhere in the game’s vast universe, so fans will just have to keep their eyes peeled upon the game’s release next year.

What we do know about Mass Effect: Andromeda, is that the title takes place long after the events of Mass Effect 3 and appears to take place in a whole new galaxy. This likely means that the game will deliver a whole host of new locations to visit as well as a range of new species to meet and interact with. After all, the previous games were well known for their wide variety of complex supporting characters, some of which the player could recruit for their ever-growing squad.

It’s possible that developers BioWare may soon reveal some new information about the latest game in the Mass Effect franchise as the series’ holiday, N7 Day, takes place in just a couple of weeks on November 7th. Last year, on N7 Day, BioWare released new Andromeda concept art at a presentation that stated that the new game would have “all new story and all new characters”.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to launch in fall 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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