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Will The Next Mass Effect Be A Prequel?

BioWare has said the next Mass Effect is in "early development," which is kinda vague but hey, we just saw the end of the Trilogy this year.

The developer has been turning to the fans for feedback and suggestions concerning the new project, which is always good. Most recently, Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson posed the following query on Twitter:

"Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?"

So would you rather have a prequel or a sequel? For those who completed Mass Effect 3, they know how it ends...and how challenging a sequel might be. Then again, it can be argued that prequels are a little overdone and even cliched, despite the fact that BioWare usually has some of the industry's very best writers at their disposal. At this rate, there's no guarantee the new ME will be called "Mass Effect 4" as that'd be a pretty silly title for a prequel.

It's nice to know nothing is set in stone, and the developer is open to all sorts of suggestions. So feel free to make your voice heard.

Tags: mass effect sequel, mass effect trilogy, mass effect prequel, bioware

11/19/2012 9:45:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Toxin
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:27:46 PM
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Hmm a good back-story with David Anderson and Kahlee Sanders would be nice.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:47:04 PM
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Prequel.

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Zeronoz
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 10:47:38 PM
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But a prequel would mean before the reapers right? It`d be like Halo (book) before the Spartans fought the Covenant they were fighting the rebels.

Damn! I can`t wait to play ME1!!! I seriously have no idea what happened in ME1.

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Jalex
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 11:22:17 PM
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I could see either one being very interesting, though a sequel seems like it would be much more difficult, considering (as you mentioned) where the story left off. But I probably lean towards the sequel idea regardless.

By the way, even though I'm hoping for a more interesting title than 'Mass Effect 4', 'Metal Gear Solid 3' wasn't a silly title for a prequel.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 11:50:00 PM
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This is one where I wouldn't mind whichever way it goes.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 1:15:08 AM
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It's gotta be a prequel in my eyes or be set so far after ME3 that it gets away from all that happened in the trilogy. I just don't see another galactic tragedy happening, not after all that happened. I just dont see there being a good enemy, or a great place to tell a story.

A prequel offers a lot more freedom. But either way, I'm in! ;)

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Beamboom
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 1:30:54 AM
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Whichever way in time they go, I am hoping for an *entirely* new story. Of course, a few references to the other trilogy might be fun, but nothing that leads up to / aftermath from the first trilogy.

New story, new characters, new conflicts, set in the same universe. That's what I want.


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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 1:35:16 AM
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If Star Wars has taught us anything, prequels are never a good thing in the entertainment industry. I think I would rather them do a continuation of the series, even if it means that they have to pick one of the 3 endings to continue off of. The real question should be which ending did the community prefer.

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___________
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 3:48:40 AM
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id LOVE to see a prequel but this time your playing as the promethans trying to fight off the reapers.
just watching that cutscene when i unlocked the ancient prom just really riled me up for a game that actually takes place there.

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Knightzane
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 4:52:03 AM
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I want to play as my characters son. That would be awesome.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 8:15:14 AM

Hehe ok so that was a neat idea. *If*, of course, your Shepard did get children. :)

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xenris
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 9:52:40 AM
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I would like a prequel that focuses on the Protheans rise and fall.

There were so many good ideas in ME1 even just in the planet description that could make for some excellent prequels or sequels.

But personally regardless of what they do, if they keep on the streamlining path they have been on since EA jumped on board I'm not going to touch it. I'm tired of RPGs becoming action games or shooters just to appease the larger demographic that doesnt truly appreciate great detailed stories like ME1, and the slower more methodical combat of a true RPGS.

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bigrailer19
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 11:10:35 AM

I like that idea, but I kind of would feel like I've been there done that. If you play with the character from ME3 you get so much detail already, that I don't know if I'd be all that interested.

Not that I wouldn't play it of course! ;)

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xenris
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 9:45:28 PM

I suppose...all the more reason that day one DLC was kind of BS if you ask me. It fleshed out the world so much from what I've heard.

There are so many things they could do with a prequel, with a sequel...who would be the threat? Cerberus arguably the most terrible organization in the galaxy is pretty much gone, the reapers are either dead, or enslaved, and all the relays are destroyed. Geth and quarian arent fighting anymore, krogans and salarians are cool ..sort of. I dunno.

I'm sure they would tip toe around that but I just don't see how they would make anything compelling in the future.

If they go into the prequel territory they can cover all sorts of wars and stuff, plus plug in nice easter eggs pertaining to the reapers.

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telly
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 11:28:18 AM
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"Then again, it can be argued that prequels are a little overdone and even cliched, despite the fact that BioWare usually has some of the industry's very best writers at their disposal."

That right there is the biggest reason I'm skeptical about doing prequels. So many opportunities for good stories there, but it almost feels like a cop-out to prequels these days, since, well, everyone does them, usually as a way to avoid advancing a given series into new, uncharted, possibly unpopular wars (See: Gears of War: Judgement, God of War: Ascension, etc.)

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telly
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 11:28:53 AM

^"waters," duh

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Comic Shaman
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 1:18:08 PM
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I especially dislike the idea of the prequel in the context of Mass Effect.

One of the core principles of Mass Effect is that your choices make a crucial difference with how things turn out in the universe. We can argue over how well they implemented that principle, but at the very least it's central to the game.

A prequel, however, is by its nature a story that needs to stick to one narrative outcome. Undermines the whole thing, as far as I'm concerned.

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YashaZz
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 6:04:11 PM
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I don't mind any direction. They can do a prequel but that means not going back in time too much (not to the Protheans at the least).

I myself would rather see a sequel. A new threat?

I also want them to have more in-depth character development, I was disappointed with James Vega and other boring characters. Can't they make them all unique?

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tetuone
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 @ 6:08:47 PM
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Didn't BioWare state that the next Mass Effect will have nothing to do with the Shepard storyline?

I hope it's something totally original.
Shepard is done already as per BioWare.

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