Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare, says that the sci-fi franchise will live on in other games after the role-playing game trilogy wraps up in Mass Effect 3.
Zeschuk said during today's episode of Kotaku Talk Radio that the Mass Effect property is a "valuable universe," that the end of the futuristic trilogy does not necessarily suggest an endpoint for the series.
"We're actually going to continue to use it for stuff and we're going to continue to make games there," Zeschuk said. "Believe me, we have our work cut out for us for the next little while getting Mass Effect 3 done after this. Don't worry if you love Mass Effect, there will be more Mass Effect in the future."
Whether that means the series spawning a new BioWare-developed RPG, a spin-off in the vein of Mass Effect Galaxy for the iPhone or a new genre a la Halo Wars, the BioWare co-founder wouldn't say. Zeschuk neither confirmed nor denied co-host Stephen Totilo's suggestion for a Mass Effect themed kart racing, but implied that, if one were to happen, it would absolutely feature a big head mode.
As for what will happen in Mass Effect 3, Zeschuk didn't elaborate, only saying that the third game in the series is currently in the planning stages and that it will feature the same persistent game save system featured in Mass Effect 2.
"I think we can actually extend that quite effectively to [Mass Effect 3], the key thing being that that save game concept will work in 3 as well where we can take the save games from one to two, two to three," Zeschuk said in response to a Kotaku Talk Radio caller.
"Even to the point where some of the decisions you made in 1 you'll see the result in 3," he continued. "It's actually interestingly impactful in that folks who have stuck with the franchise the entire time, there will be stuff that you will feel is yours that you've created in that third iteration."
As for the soon to be released Mass Effect 2, "it's definitely bigger than [the first Mass Effect], probably about one and a half times [the length], maybe a little more" Zeschuk said. In addition to being Emotionally Engaging, "There's a lot more you can do, a lot more you should do."
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