BioWare has plans to use the Mass Effect universe for more than just Shepard's tale.
BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk told Kotaku yesterday that the company's goal is to continue with the Mass Effect franchise after the current trilogy ends. He didn't mention exactly what this meant, only that the Mass Effect universe will not die with the release of Mass Effect 3.
Zeschuck stated: "We're actually going to continue to use [the Mass Effect universe] for stuff and we're going to continue to make games there. Believe me, we have our work cut out for us for the next little while getting Mass Effect 3 done after [Mass Effect 2]. Don't worry if you love Mass Effect, there will be more Mass Effect in the future." With Mass Effect 2 scheduled to hit stores next week on January 26, anything planned would be quite a ways off from even being announced. At least we know it's coming.
This reveal isn't a surprise by any means. It would be a shame to lock the Mass Effect universe into a file cabinet after Shepard's suicide missions were all completed (I'm assuming Mass Effect 3 also won't be all butterflies and roses). Now that Zeschuk has officially confirmed that BioWare plans to do more with Mass Effect, the possibilities are quite endless, such as a prequel involving Saren or a probably hilarious Elcor side-story. BioWare was smart in creating deep franchises like Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins that have the potential to sustain themselves for a long time, similar to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.