Bioware talks possible Mass Effect spinoffs

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Shepherd’s Mass Effect story is over, but that doesn’t mean that the universe isn’t ripe for picking, and there’s a multitude of stories within the Universe that could make for their own spinoff games.

Speaking to OXM, Bioware’s Casey Hudson and a number of other team members have been chatty regarding possible spinoffs.

“There’s so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe,” Hudson said, carrying a soft spot for Garrus.  “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.

Level designer Dusty Everman agrees.

“While being one of Shepard’s most loyal friends, Garrus has also had some of the most driven personal goals. 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).”

Lead Writer Mac Walters added, “”Aria. The Illusive Man. Kai Leng. Any henchman. The list goes on. I think most of them could have successful spin-offs of their own in some fashion.”

Mass Effect producer Mike Gamble thinks the last Prothean has a story to tell.

“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.”

While I would certainly love more Mass Effect, I’m not sure that I’m on board for spinoffs and prequels, especially if they, like God of War: Ascension and Gears of War: Judgment, tell stories that don’t really need to be told.

What do you think? If there to be Mass effect spinoffs, whose stories would you like to see expanded upon? If we had to delve in to the past, I’d really like to see Saren’s slow decent into madness and indoctrination. Or perhaps a Space flight Sim/RPG starring Joker. Or maybe even a stealthy, stabby RPG featuring the Drell assassin Thane. 

Ok, maybe I’m more keen on a Mass Effect spinoff than I thought.

Last Updated: May 13, 2013

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