Published on February 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM | by Philippe Baghdassarian0
There will be another Mass Effect… But it won’t be called Mass Effect
At this point it’s pretty certain we’re looking at a new Mass Effect, however, as Chris Priestly points out, the next Mass Effect won’t be called Mass Effect 4, nor will it feature Shepard (that was pretty much a given). It’s still not confirmed whether the new “Mass Effect” will be a prequel or a sequel or if it will even feature familiar characters.
Chris Priestly, Community Manager at Bioware said the following:
To call the next game Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here. We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying “well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending”. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it.
I do not call the game ME4 when I talk about it ever, because that makes people think of it more as “what happens after Mass Effect 3″ rather than “what game happens next set in the Mass Effect Universe”, which is far more accurate at this point. Obviously fans are going to speculate content, character and story until we actually reveal details in the years or months to come as you have almost no actual details, just don’t get bogged down in “well how are they going to continue ME3…”.
There is currently no release date for the next installment in the “Mass Effect” series.