BioWare Discuss ‘Mass Effect’ Spinoff

BioWare Discuss ‘Mass Effect’ Spinoff

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Mass Effect‘s development team has opened up about the possibility of a spinoff to the main trilogy. BioWare’s Casey Hudson, Mac Walters, Dusty Everman, Mike Gamble and Preston Watamaniuk revealed potential ideas for the game in an interview with OXM.

Hudson believes that Garrus could take centre stage in a new story set in the Mass Effect universe, inheriting the torch from trilogy star Shepard.

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He said: “There’s so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe. 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.”

Everman echoed Hudson’s sentiments: “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?”

Watamaniuk expressed interest in making a more melee-focused entry in the series, while Walters said that the spinoff could focus on Aria, The Illusive Man or Kai Leng.

Gamble is hoping to flesh out Javik’s backstory: “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.”

The series’ latest entry Mass Effect 3 received its final single-player add-on in March, with the ‘Citadel’ DLC offering fans a farewell to the game and a chance to reunite with characters from throughout the series.

  • Biowarelover

    LOL really? Bioware is really going down the drain…
    It’s a bit sad that with the ending they created they are stuck with little side stories and can’t do anything after ME3 ending without retconning it…anything before that simply isn’t appealling since we all know that you won’t succeed …

    • linkenski

      They should either retcon the ending or do a sort of reboot. The franchise has much more potential for new characters rather than returning characters they mention in the interview. I like Casey’s suggestion about exploring what it would be like to be a C-Sec investigator but not as Garrus. I’d rather have them introduce us to an entirely new cast. How about playing as a young adult who’s seeing space for the first time? We want that sense of wonder and discovery again.

      • Biowarelover

        Hi Linkenski
        If they are smart they recognise the controversy that came with the ending, who is right or wrong doesn’t matter at this point they need to save their name and company and also what is left of the ME franchise.
        Rebooting it would probably mean that they would introduce snippets of info about starbrat in the ME1 reboot so that their artistic ending makes sense.
        Also beside the above point I think a reboot of a series requires a certain amount of trust and I don’t believe that a lot of people are feeling the love for Bioware at this point, KOTOR online is a disaster, Dragonage2 came back at them and the ME3 controversy diminished them greatly .
        Also wat I see here in the interview is not very encouraging, it is like no one dares to take responsibility any more, which is needed at this point.

        So in short, this would be my advice to Bioware:
        – Swallow your pride and make a bearable..maybe even a half decent ending, what ever the cost…and make it freely available and start a big marketing campaign around it.

        Free because you want to reach as much people as you possibly can.
        A new ending because not only it sucks donkeyballs, it also provides 3 endings which are so totally apart from each other, that creating a sequel is undoable unless you are willing to piss off 2 thirds of the people who still love ME by choosing one possible outcome as the canon ending.

        Also several polls on the internet state that roughly 60% did not like ME3’s ending while 30% were kinda okay with it.
        Now since Bioware is part of EA nowadays it needs to look at the numbers and even a (star) child can see that you can better try getting back 60% of your customerbase than worry about aggrevating 30% of people who were willing to buy the starchild BS in the first place ..hell these peopel will probably love the new ending as well.
        Get in better equiped (hollywood/ indy movies)writers to write a new ending, since I highly doubt that someone who contrived the ending as it is should not be able to work professionally.