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Mass Effect 3: Commander Shepard's Story Ends

Mass Effect 3 is the end of a trilogy, and that means the main character must also say goodbye.

Although it's certainly possible that BioWare could've continued the franchise with Commander Shepard at the helm (the start of a new trilogy, perhaps), producer Michael Gamble says that won't happen.

First, studio boss Ray Muzyka promised that ME3 won't mark the end of the series:

"We have ambitious plans to continue this franchise going forward. Mass Effect 3 is simultaneously a couple of different things; a thrilling and epic conclusion to the trilogy as we promised our fans wed provide for Commander Shepard, but its also a brand new beginning its an entry point for new fans and its also a brand new beginning."

Then, Gamble clarified- "After this, Commander Shepard's story is complete." Therefore, even when BioWare does produce more titles in the Mass Effect world, Shepard won't be involved. Obviously, this begs the question: how will the Commander go out in ME3? Anybody want to hazard a guess?

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: me3, mass effect 3, commander shepard, mass effect

8/29/2011 8:58:42 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 10:03:32 PM
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I think this is a good idea, if a series doesn't stay fresh into it's later sequels then it gets tiresome playing the same character. Starting with a new person opens up so many possibilities for ME4.

I just hope they don't have him/her die at the end. That's getting bothersome.

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tes37
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 10:22:41 PM

Killing off the main character is a bad move. I get the feeling he/she may end up as spaghetti in a black hole.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 10:33:44 PM

I get that same feeling, of course it will be for a greater purpose and that'll make everything okay and stuff...

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dmiitrie
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 10:57:40 PM

Killing off a main character is only a bad move if you don't have other compelling characters who can step up and fill that void.

While I'll readily admit that, sometimes, having your lead ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after is the most satisfying ending possible, other times the best thing to do for the story is to have him go down in flames.

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Qubex
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 11:43:11 PM

Indeed World... these things cannot go on and on relentlessly, unless you are Kratos :) It's time for the end to come for Shepard realistically, otherwise it wouldn't seem right... good luck to him and his space ferrying friends... some furry, some not. What happens it should be a good entertaining romp for people generally...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 3:34:49 AM

Well, I still think Kratey should take a breather. Or at least return in some kind of incredibly different way. The games are awesomesauce but continuing on in the exact same way would feel like beating a dead horse to me. Not that it's at all dead, but a shakeup would do wonders.

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PasteNuggs
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 10:09:17 PM
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Good thing that Microsoft doesn't publish this anymore. They would have them do two spin off titles and then say Shep has to come back because he is Mass Effect.

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FM23
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 11:52:52 PM

LMAO 100X's

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Him
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 12:33:02 AM
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Imagine a mass effect even further into the future. Or possibly going back in time during the discovery of the mass effect.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 12:52:20 AM
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Well since the game is heavily decision based, it's safe to say that Shepard could go out in various ways.

Cool to know Mass Effect will continue with a different setting. Who knows, it could be 50,000 years in the future with evolved breeds and a new alien [or evolved human] protagonist to choose from. Then during the game they'd mutter the words of the legendary Commander Shepard, or something similiar along those lines to enchance everyone's nostalgia.


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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 1:40:08 AM

If I'd read this post of yours before I posted my own below I'd saved myself one posting. :)
This is exactly what I think too. They will go out of their way to please everyone with the final goodbye to Shepard. And they've already proven their affection for nostalgia with that wreckage scene in ME2. :)

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 1:09:45 AM
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This is more than a good idea, its excellent! It enables them to release epically epic stuff ;), stories with real endings.

And it's not like BioWare has any problem coming up with new, exciting characters and stories. By ending the Shepard story it opens up a whole new world of characters and stories to be made within this same universe.

Regarding the ending and speculations about if Shepard will die or not, I am willing to bet money on BioWare giving us the option to decide, both endings with equally epic proportions. If given the chance, I actually think I will let my Shepard die... Sometimes it's for the best to properly end stuff. I bet that ending will be stellar, and it enables me to make a truly fresh start with my next ME character.

It's also a safe bet to assume that references to Shepard will show up in future Mass Effect games. We will not get rid of her that easy. :)


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Shiva369
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 3:03:00 AM
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Couldn't agree more. The story is far bigger than the characters within it. I'll miss Shepard, and would be sad to see him die, but if that has to happen to make the overall story memorable and satisfying, then so be it.
BioWare has a truly great IP in Mass Effect, potentially better in my opinion than Star Wars (and that coming from a lifelong SW fan). Wherever they go with it is fine with me and I'm guaranteeing I'll be right there with it all the way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 3:28:20 AM
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The only thing I'm afeard of is they will waste time making ME: MMO. Just pass that onto somebody else and start a new trilogy.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 5:28:54 AM

Wait and see how Old Republic turns out before saying that... I am pretty sure a ME:MMO will be based on the same engine.
It may be something we do not want to miss!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 1:49:56 PM

I'm sure it would be great for MMO fans, so yeah I'd be happy with that team doing it. I just don't want the main team busy with it because I have no intention of playing it.

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___________
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 3:45:03 AM
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they better not kill my hero off!

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Qubex
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 11:04:52 AM

He's as good as dead now!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 7:47:56 AM
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I think there'll be 3 options.

1) You fail and the Reapers win.
2) You win via self sacrifice.
3) You win via sacrificing others.

I hope they don't just have single win ending as my renegade Shep really wouldn't sacrifice herself to save the galaxy.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 8:01:30 AM

Ah yeah that sounds very BioWare'ish indeed. Thumb up.

Omg all this talk about ME3 totally winds me up! I hereby retract my prediction about BioShock Infinite being goty 2012. It's gonna be ME3 after all. :)


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Qubex
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 @ 11:06:24 AM

I would say it will be an act of self sacrifice... it is the only way really, to be the ultimate hero and go out with a bang!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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