Mass Effect: Foundation Expands Shepard's Universe

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Soviet Heavy:

Bat Vader:

Soviet Heavy:
Mass Effect tie in material has been pretty awful so far. I'm not getting my hopes up for this one to break the mold.

While I have not read a lot of the novels or side comics I thought a lot of people liked Drew Karpyshyn's Mass Effect book tie-ins. I think for the next Mass Effect game they should get Neil Gaiman to be lead writer on the project.

Drew Karpyshin is not a good novelist. He can write a good game script, but translating that to a book is not easy. His Revan novel and his Darth Bane trilogy were terrible. That doesn't bode well for his other books.

Despite enjoying his Mass Effect books, I have to agree... his prose is very stale.

OT: I read some of his minis. He isn't straight up terrible, but Walters is an incredibly mediocre comic writer >.<

Oh look, it's Mac Walters again. My excitement is through the roof.

Did that sound sufficiently enthusiastic?

Waiting to judge,
but I do fear that this will suck!

so why not make it a game instead oh yes wait people would probably buy that we can't have that.
And probably because no-one would want to make a game and then see it get fcked up because of some hack writers allusions to grandness.

Cognimancer:
Mass Effect: Foundation Expands Shepard's Universe

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The sci-fi series will soon be getting a year's worth of comics.

The Mass Effect saga has expanded far beyond its core trilogy of video games. Two mobile games, four novels, several comic min-series, and anime film fill in details of the rich sci-fi setting beyond the exploits of Command Shepard. The next piece of canon to join that list will be Mass Effect: Foundation, an ongoing comic series (the franchise's first comic to exceed "mini-series" status) penned by Mass Effect writer Mac Walters and published by Dark Horse.

Walters, who partially wrote Mass Effect 2 and served as story lead for Mass Effect 3, has worked on some of the franchise's mini-series in the past. Foundation will be his most ambitious comic project to date, spanning twelve issues on a monthly release schedule. With Mass Effect 3 on shelves and its line-up of DLC coming to a close, Walters has been able to fully commit to the comic.

Foundation will feature an original heroine not seen before in the Mass Effect saga, but many elements of its story are designed to expand established events that fans may be curious about. "Rather than going into an area where we tell brand-new stories in a universe that people know already, maybe we could find ways of fleshing out some of the stories that we've heard hints of already," Walters explains. "At a high level, that's where we thought about going with Foundations, and that's where we went with it."

Previous Mass Effect comics have focused on the supporting cast of the series, due to the difficulty of representing a canonical Shepard without invalidating players' choices in the games. "The problem is you can't even go back to a young Shepard," Walters notes, "because it could be male, female; you don't know the background..." Foundation continues that approach by setting its story about from the main events of the trilogy. While some crossover is inevitable - Walters confirmed that there will be "some connections" with the upcoming Citadel DLC - the focus will be on telling these side characters' stories. "People can look forward to some of their favorites showing up again," Walters teased, "maybe even characters that haven't been touched on before."

There isn't much to go off of yet, but the Mass Effect universe is certainly ripe with untold stories. There have been no confirmed reports of elcor battletanks or hanar Spectres in Foundation's plotline, but we can always hope.

Source & Image: Comic Book Resources

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Is the new character Mara jade? It sure looks like it might be.

Vault101:

soren7550:
]You're half right. Walters and Hudson pretty much locked themselves in a room after ME3's story was leaked to write a new ending, with absolutely no input from any of the other writers and/or editors.

and thats what they came up with? you know that doesnt even sound like a time/money issue, that sounds like a "THIS IS WHAT I THINK DEEP AND ARTY IS" geeeeaaarrrrrgh no I'm not going to get into this

OT: I can't say I'm looking forward to this. Of the comics I've read, they were meh at best, writing and art wise. From what I saw, the works were getting progressively worse, from the four armed alien in the short Vega comic to the guy who did the art for Homeworlds (the Garrus issue) telling me pretty much that he didn't care for the game's cannon and to fuck off.

the only issue I had with the art was Talis homeworld.....yeeaah

No reason to avoid the topic. It's kind of like the Holocaust: This terrible thing that happened but is still interesting to talk about the multiple ways it was terrible.

Devoneaux:

No reason to avoid the topic. It's kind of like the Holocaust: This terrible thing that happened but is still interesting to talk about the multiple ways it was terrible.

the difference is I didn't experience the holocaust first hand.....

yes I know holocaust joke....but yeah

Abomination:
Poor Bioware, it's a shame you wrote what could have been a golden goose that kept laying golden eggs into a hole with your 3 coloured explosions.

A game where the reapers were just -defeated- due to an alliance between all races would have been adaptable for a continuation of the series... but now the three endings mean that either the Reapers are replaced with Shepards who will do whatever Shepard did alignment wise, everyone is some freaky robot-organic thing that was never really explained or all robots are dead - for now. Every one of those has decimated the political landscape in some way or another and means writing a 'what happened after' story of any sort just forced a particular canon.

Couldn't do what you did with Dragon Age II story wise in relation to Dragon Age: Origins and just have a new character existing in the aftermath of Shepard's choices? No, because the end game for Mass Effect was TOO polarising.

They could do a Deus Ex Invisible War. *shivers* Everyone being unhappy is the best compromise after all.

Great. So we can expect Mass Effect 4 to have characters and references to a comic book series that I have absolutely no interest in. It happened with Mass Effect 3.

Vault101:

Devoneaux:

No reason to avoid the topic. It's kind of like the Holocaust: This terrible thing that happened but is still interesting to talk about the multiple ways it was terrible.

the difference is I didn't experience the holocaust first hand.....

yes I know holocaust joke....but yeah

Well the actual difference is millions of people weren't senselessly slaughtered due to the machinations of a maman BUT y'know...

Edit: Just so i'm clear, this was not to suggest that ME was anywhere near comparable to how terrible the holocaust was, merely that it being terrible was why I find it interesting.

Devoneaux:

No reason to avoid the topic. It's kind of like the Holocaust: This terrible thing that happened but is still interesting to talk about the multiple ways it was terrible.

The BSN called. They want you to return the crazy.

Seriously? The holocaust? Bioware brutally murdered the fanbase? Wtf?

Back on topic now. I find it interesting they are using a female lead, however, I suspect she'll be just like Liara humanized and will probably spend half of the book dreaming about banging Shepard. The other half will be filled with unnecessary, unrealistic, female overemotional drama and boob/butt shots. The character will probably discover things we already know and will make ME3 entirely invalid because she discovered this stuff way before Shepard did.

I kind of wish they would do something in the Mass Effect universe COMPLETELY, UTTERLY, UNRELATED TO SHEPARD AND CREW.

Is there anything else in this galaxy or does Shepard and Crew encompass all of it. Also betting it will involve locations already visited and nothing new.

bafrali:

Seriously though, what is the point of having politically correct floating jelly fish in your universe if you aren't gonna use them?

This. I demand more space jellyfish!

Adam Jensen:
Great. So we can expect Mass Effect 4 to have characters and references to a comic book series that I have absolutely no interest in. It happened with Mass Effect 3.

^This.

PirateRose:

Devoneaux:

No reason to avoid the topic. It's kind of like the Holocaust: This terrible thing that happened but is still interesting to talk about the multiple ways it was terrible.

The BSN called. They want you to return the crazy.

Seriously? The holocaust? Bioware brutally murdered the fanbase? Wtf?

Back on topic now. I find it interesting they are using a female lead, however, I suspect she'll be just like Liara humanized and will probably spend half of the book dreaming about banging Shepard. The other half will be filled with unnecessary, unrealistic, female overemotional drama and boob/butt shots. The character will probably discover things we already know and will make ME3 entirely invalid because she discovered this stuff way before Shepard did.

I kind of wish they would do something in the Mass Effect universe COMPLETELY, UTTERLY, UNRELATED TO SHEPARD AND CREW.

Is there anything else in this galaxy or does Shepard and Crew encompass all of it. Also betting it will involve locations already visited and nothing new.

consider reading up. You assume that i'm comparing it to the holocaust directly. All i'm saying is it being bad is why I find it interesting to discuss. You know, in the same way that the holocaust is probably interesting to psych majors who like to analyze all the ways things went wrong in Hitler's brain.

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