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The future of Mass Effect has no Shepard in it

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BioWare Montreal has revealed that the next title in the Mass Effect franchise will be something completely new. There will be no Shepard, the trilogy is officially over and the next hero will not be a “Shepard 2”.

“There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over.”

 Said BioWare Montreal producer, Fabrice Condominas.

This of course is very sad and most awesome news at the same time. I must say that after the journey with the game I will really miss Shepard and the other characters that you got to know in the Mass Effect story, but I guess we’ve had to say a very abrupt goodbye to many of them in Mass Effect 3. But as with Assassin’s Creed, new heroes can prove to be exactly what we need.

Speaking with VG247 at a recent EA showcase, Condominas elaborated a little bit on the next Mass Effect instalment.

“This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don’t even know what kind of time frame we’re going to be in. All we’re doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.”

“So first, we don’t want to make ‘Shepard 2?, or Mass Effect 4 with like, ‘oh there’s no more Shepard but you’re a soldier in the universe’. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.”

He said.

Whatever the new storyline and whoever the new hero, we can only hope that the new title in one of our favourite franchises will be a success, let’s hope the new hero isn’t one of those fat little guys called Volus. Who’d you like to see as the new hero of Mass Effect? An existing race or a completely new one?

Last Updated: October 22, 2012

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