BioWare Asks Gamers if They Want a Mass Effect Prequel

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BioWare Asks Gamers if They Want a Mass Effect Prequel

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BioWare's epic space opera will continue, but whether it will move forward or backward remains undecided.

In an interesting bit of fan crowdsourcing, BioWare's Executive Producer, Casey Hudson, polled his sizable Twitter following as to what they want out of the next Mass Effect title. More specifically, Hudson asked whether or not gamers would be interested in a prequel to the original Mass Effect trilogy, or if an adventure taking place after the current games is preferable.

His tweet reads: "Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?"

BioWare has already revealed that work on a new Mass Effect title is underway. It remains unclear whether the upcoming title is early enough in development that a concrete storyline isn't decided upon yet, or if Hudson is referencing a future Mass Effect title not yet conceived.

Responses to Hudson's impromptu poll were predictably varied, with vocal proponents of both theoretical timeframes. Those wanting a prequel claim they don't want to tarnish Mass Effect 3's ending with an additional adventure, while others demand that the series move on, letting history remain history. Where do you stand?

Source: GameSpot

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I think it should definitely be after. New character, new story, even a new time period, where the events of the original Mass Effect trilogy are in history, so they can be referenced but doesn't necessarily have to dictate what happens in the new game.

The issue that can come up with a prequel is you have to avoid stepping on the toes of every possible set of events in the original trilogy, or the continuity wont line up. Just feel like it might feel oddly forced.

My answer? No. I kind of lost interest in the series after the second game.

I would like to see a prequel to be honest. It would be interesting to play before the humans joined the council, maybe even get a choice to play as a different spiecies.

I want to see a game that takes place over a few thousand years, wherein you actually get to see the ramifications of Shepherd's actions. Heck, a game where you play as a priest/cleric of the Shepherd-based religion hinted at in the Mass Effect 3 epilogue would be really cool. But here's the rub, it's not an imported Shepherd, having no idea what is and isn't canon outside of what you can deduce through the game would make for some interesting mysteries, especially if you are charged with building and spreading a religion based upon the mythical figure that you played in the last franchise.

Yeah, I'd play that.

Well I feel as though it would have to be a prequel, since based on Shepard's choice either the Geth are dead, Reapers are floating around the galaxy acting as Space Police, or everything sentient has synthetic/organic bits.

Also, why even bother giving us ALL that Andersen backstory if we aren't going to see him in the leading role?
We've got him as the First True Human Spectre, fought with Kai Leng, has a romance interest already set up in Doctor what's-her-face, and saw Saren's asshatishness firsthand.

No, since if it's a prequel, we still know how it ends. :/ I mean you could make your choices matter a lot, but years or so how long ever the prequel takes place before, Shepard will still make that choice.

canadamus_prime:
My answer? No. I kind of lost interest in the series after the second game.

"No" to what? If you're saying No to another game in the series, then please go hide in a hole and stop bothering us. If not- then clarify.

No to the prequel simple as that.

Nice to see they're going to the fans on this question.

My choice? After.

If, however, they do a prequel it should essentially be one in name only. The worst part about prequels is how you already know how they're going to end, but if they set the ME prequel so far removed from the ME trilogy in time/space that it has nothing to do with anything we've seen already it could work. The mythos they've created is certainly deep and wide enough to do that successfully.. but I'd still choose after.

A prequel would be better than a sequel.

They could also let the franchise die with what little dignity remains after ME3. Which isn't much.

Well I personally wouldn't mind a game where you play as commander Shepard and getting to choose to go through one of the three histories, you know, war hero, ruthless and...whatever that last one was...maybe even a brief look into Shepard's childhood and adolescence.

But otherwise I'd rather the series just move on. If it's a prequel of an event before Shepard and we're not using him/her all I'll wonder is what Shepard is doing.

Maybe, MAYBE a prequel of the First Contact War with a compelling male/female choice might work...

Course who am I kidding, they put on another AAA Mass Effect and I'll hand over the money faster than Fry.

Kipiru:

canadamus_prime:
My answer? No. I kind of lost interest in the series after the second game.

"No" to what? If you're saying No to another game in the series, then please go hide in a hole and stop bothering us. If not- then clarify.

Thank you for so kindly accepting my opinion.
/angry sarcasm
>:(

I'm glad that most of the Twitter responses seem to be going 'after'. I'm not interested in a prequel at all.

Radoh:
Well I feel as though it would have to be a prequel, since based on Shepard's choice either the Geth are dead, Reapers are floating around the galaxy acting as Space Police, or everything sentient has synthetic/organic bits.

Also, why even bother giving us ALL that Andersen backstory if we aren't going to see him in the leading role?
We've got him as the First True Human Spectre, fought with Kai Leng, has a romance interest already set up in Doctor what's-her-face, and saw Saren's asshatishness firsthand.

This. I'd go with a prequel every time, mostly so I can continue to pretend that ME3's ending never happened.

But seriously, there's so much established lore and history in the universe that it's pretty much crying out for a game. The first contact war, the creation of the geth and the morning war, the creation of human biotics and jump zero etc...

Definitely after... mostly because I'm a sadistic prick who wants to see them try and write their way out of how they finished the trilogy.

canadamus_prime:

Kipiru:

canadamus_prime:
My answer? No. I kind of lost interest in the series after the second game.

"No" to what? If you're saying No to another game in the series, then please go hide in a hole and stop bothering us. If not- then clarify.

Thank you for so kindly accepting my opinion.
/angry sarcasm
>:(

Sorry- i've just had it with haters. Your oppinion on the subject is valid, if you still have vested interest in the franchise, otherwise it would be just trolling. No to the idea of a prequel is actually my thought as well.

Proverbial Jon:

Radoh:
Well I feel as though it would have to be a prequel, since based on Shepard's choice either the Geth are dead, Reapers are floating around the galaxy acting as Space Police, or everything sentient has synthetic/organic bits.

Also, why even bother giving us ALL that Andersen backstory if we aren't going to see him in the leading role?
We've got him as the First True Human Spectre, fought with Kai Leng, has a romance interest already set up in Doctor what's-her-face, and saw Saren's asshatishness firsthand.

This. I'd go with a prequel every time, mostly so I can continue to pretend that ME3's ending never happened.

But seriously, there's so much established lore and history in the universe that it's pretty much crying out for a game. The first contact war, the creation of the geth and the morning war, the creation of human biotics and jump zero etc...

Oh god, I know right?
First contact war would be amazing, though unfortunately a lot of the cool things like the Rachni Wars, Krogan Rebellion, Morning War etc would all not have Humans in it. I'd be totally fine playing a Quarian or something, but it would probably sell less as a result, which is a hard pitch to make to investors.

No prequel, primarily because Bioware HAS to have humans in there somewhere and there's a really small window between First Contact and ME1, meaning there's very few interesting things to play with without either already knowing about how it started and ended (First Contact war, Batarian issue) or them completely retconning a war in (I can imagine them pulling some old 'Oh yeah and the Quarians tried fighting the Geth 5 years ago, and humans were involved, and there were new guns to play around with that were conveniently missing from the future games'*glares at Halo Reach*)

It really worries me when Bioware says they are already producing the next title... yet apparently are able to alter such a "minor" thing is where the game is taking place in the timeline. That is kind of a big thing to have down on paper before you start working guys :P

When they made Kotor, it took them nearly a year from conceiving the story to start developing anything, if the articles of the past are to be believed at least. Same seems to go for Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

That said, a prequel will probably just hurt more than do good, considering how much they are retconning to make the Starchild work... a prequel would probably be attempted to solidify the new ending over the original ideas.

So if you have to go with something, go for sequels, wipe the damn slate clean. Start over. And this time don't change writers in the middle/conclusion to your triology and start retconning stuff.

If I were to be interested in another one, I would want it to be a prequel just so I could keep peretending 3 never happened.

Hmm the only decent prequel I can think of for the franchise would be the first contact war and hey that way EA can have their tacked on multiplayer of humans vs turians (was it a good idea writing that?). Anything else prequel wise I feel would be pointless because ME3 ending, I'll leave the reasons at that. Sequel wise I feel would also be pointless because ME3. Not just because of the ending...actually because of the ending, ignoring the badness of it, which 1 is the canon ending and what would the ramifications of that be. This will probably mean you'll hack off those he hated all the endings as well as 2/3rd's of those who liked 1 of the endings.

Personally, I'm not sure how they possibly CAN release another ME game. Well... I have my own theories, I just doubt they'll actually implement any of them.

If they go with a prequel along the lines of the current ME games, I simply can't see how they can possibly persuade players to engage. We all know the history, we all know how it's going to end. It's going to be a damp squib as far as I can see.

That said, there is a lot of potential for prequels if they change the format. Instead of playing a character operating at the "save the galaxy" level, you could be playing on a much smaller scale.
* You could be a Spectre sneaking around Splinter Cell style conducting missions for the council.
* You could be part of Salarian STG conducting espionage operations.
* You could be a Turian soldier leading a team in the suppression of piracy.
* You could be an Asari justicar tearing around wronging rights and generally making a nuisance of yourself, but as long as you stick to the code, you're golden.

I also see massive problems in implementing a sequel. Either they set it so far in the future that nothing we know is the same (in which case we can argue whether it's even Mass Effect any more) or they select a canon ending (which will totally PO 2/3 of the playerbase and is likely to significantly compromise sales).

I'm attached to Mass Effect. My Mass Effect has Turians, Quarians, Geth, Salarians etc. in it. There's far less chance I'm going to be interested in a game that doesn't have those races. But without a canon ending, (and probably a very specific canon ending) it's going to be impossible to retain the races and galaxy that represents the concept of "Mass Effect".

However, if they pick a canon ending that I hated, I can equally see myself not bothering with the game. Synthesis was utter balls as far as I'm concerned. If they set the game in Synthesis-land I'm not going to buy it. EVER. Not even on Steam sale... not that they'll put it on Steam.

One of the few ideas for canon ending that I could live with would be the Control ending... if ME4 is set in some sort of Orwellian, 1982 controlled dictatorship and the game is about taking out SHEPARD. That would be cool. I could MAYBE get behind Destroy, but it would be a shame to lose the Geth. And if the canon ending is refuse, well... it's a whole new galaxy out there with absolutely nothing in common with Mass Effect except the game engine.

Also, I'm going to be extremely wary if it's Origin exclusive/required again. Personally I was skeptical about Origin and, once I finally tried it was extremely disappointed. Even single-player suffered from stability issues (related to Origin, not the game itself) etc. etc. Unless ME4 is absolutely perfect and has everything I want and is going in a direction I like, if it requires Origin, I'm probably going to skip it.

I would be interested to see whether they can expand the IP to different genre's. I think a Mass Effect 4X could be interesting. So could some sort of space sim (although I'd prefer if it wasn't a "sit in the cockpit" kind of sim. Controls like Eve Online or Homeworld would be awesome. A tactical strategy game along the lines of Jagged Alliance could be pretty good as well. So could a Splinter Cell-based stealth game (as noted above).

I don't know, I think I'd be interested in a prequel set during the Rachni Wars or the Krogan Rebellions - the plot wouldn't have to be about those conflicts, since we know how they end, but they could be the backdrop to a more personal kind of adventure, on a smaller scale than "we have to save the universe"...

Neither. I'd rather they just move on and not limit themselves to fucking up one universe over and over.

We haven't seen any new IPs from them for years now. I doubt that is going to change, but I can hope.

Hm, let me think about it for a sec-NO!

Radoh:

Proverbial Jon:

Radoh:
Well I feel as though it would have to be a prequel, since based on Shepard's choice either the Geth are dead, Reapers are floating around the galaxy acting as Space Police, or everything sentient has synthetic/organic bits.

Also, why even bother giving us ALL that Andersen backstory if we aren't going to see him in the leading role?
We've got him as the First True Human Spectre, fought with Kai Leng, has a romance interest already set up in Doctor what's-her-face, and saw Saren's asshatishness firsthand.

This. I'd go with a prequel every time, mostly so I can continue to pretend that ME3's ending never happened.

But seriously, there's so much established lore and history in the universe that it's pretty much crying out for a game. The first contact war, the creation of the geth and the morning war, the creation of human biotics and jump zero etc...

Oh god, I know right?
First contact war would be amazing, though unfortunately a lot of the cool things like the Rachni Wars, Krogan Rebellion, Morning War etc would all not have Humans in it. I'd be totally fine playing a Quarian or something, but it would probably sell less as a result, which is a hard pitch to make to investors.

Oooh, forgot about the Krogan rebellion, thanks for that!

I'd be totally happy to play another race, especially if they could swing it in such a way that it's like Skyrim and you can choose. Or perhaps like Dragon Age, in that you have to deal with a race-specific conflict at the beginning and have the opportunity for further insight into your chosen race's problems inbetween the main game. Awesome.

As it has already been pointed out, a sequel would be nearly impossible to pull off due to the multiple endings. And I'm not even sure if I'd want to see a sequel to the synthesis or the control ending, destruction would be the only one with enough ambiguity to make the story interesting (The perfect DNA and the Reaper space police kinda hint towards a sure peaceful future).

That said, if they find a way to do a proper sequel, I'm all for it. I wouldn't even mind if they ignored the ME3 endings.

Still, I think prequel could also work. But it should have to be a different kind of story; a smaller one. The story should not focus on the entire galaxy but rather a small group of characters and their fate. That way there would also be a way to make the player's choices matter and once again create multiple outcomes to the story.

Screamarie:

Maybe, MAYBE a prequel of the First Contact War with a compelling male/female choice might work...

I would prefer "The morning war", i understand we all know how that war ends. It still would be a nice idea(also can make a game with 2 campaigns then for both the Geth and the Quarian(also since it will be played on Rannoch we can see them without their biosuits)).

We also have the Rachni Wars that can be explored. In my opinion making games that takes place after mass effect 3 will be many many years later or they just retcon some peoples ending.
For example in my ending there are no Quarians (they more or less mass suicide against the geth) due to the fact i picked destroy in the end(can not have the reapers stay) I also have no Geth anymore. Funny though i set out to try and save them both and end the war I end up destroying them both.

As for buying I would be kidding myself if i said it wouldn't be a pre-order for me >.<

For the love of all that is good and holy, Bioware, make a Mass Effect universe take on the Firefly concept!

So they literaly have no idea what they wish to do with Mass Effect anymore, do they?

How about getting really science-fictive and exploring an alternate timeline where the galaxy is almost exactly like the one of Mass Effect 1-3, except there's no Shepard, the Reapers (if they exist) are not an immediate threat, and there's no TIM or Cerberus. Most importantly, the universe of this alternate timeline remains consistent from Mass Effect 4 until the end of the story begun there.

They retconed the original Mass Effect with Mass Effect 2's hundreds of colonies and Cerberus in general.The series doesn't need to literally murder what made it in the first place.

After!

A prequel would be awful, I can already see teenage versions of Mordin and Garrus being trotted out with LOL ISN'T THIS AWESOME music and writing for their appearance.

Boring, leave it alone, I want to see a Universe where your spaceship to command is not some Alliance or Turian can, no, after my ending I want to survey the galaxy map from the bridge of Harbinger.

Hell with it, just set the entire game within the confines of a sick and/or dying Reaper, that would be amazing.

Garrus. Garrus Garrus Garrus Garrus. Make the game star Garrus.

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