Don’t Call BioWare’s Next Sci-Fi Game Mass Effect 4

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Mass Effect 3 is well behind us and fans already know that that an upcoming game set in Bioware's far-future universe is in development at BioWare Montreal's studio. That game doesn't have a name yet. But, the dev studio's representatives really don't want you to refer to it as Mass Effect 4.

[If you haven't finished Mass Effect 3, you should probably stop reading.]

First came comments from community manager Chris Priestly on the BioWare forums:

"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."

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Those remarks were followed up by BioWare Montreal studio director Yannick Roy, who chimed in on a NeoGAF thread to clarify the direction of the new ME game.

…Time does indeed matter, but the words prequel / midquel / sequel come loaded with a bunch of other assumptions that don't necessarily all apply to the next ME game.

Roy also indicated that, while a Mass Effect MMO is still possible, the new game won't be that. Overall, it sounds like BioWare doesn't want us to think of the next Mass Effect game as a next chapter, but as a new book entirely. We can get with that, right?

BioWare: "calling the next game Mass Effect 4 is a disservice [Eurogamer]

BioWare Montreal's Studio Director talks about the next Mass Effect [NeoGAF]

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I've bought the three games with all it's respective DLC (including ME3's) and all the comics and books so far. I started buying everything when I was halfway through Mass Effect 1 half a year ago. And I finished that game just two months ago. That's how much I've enjoyed the universe. With every log and every minor story I've read so far. I love how there's a culture of their own with books, magazines, movies and... al of it.

I just got done with Mass Effect 2 last night. Was checking all the logs and videos on the Broker's hideout. Hilarious and warming stuff. Mordin's battle logs was one of my favs. Also Aljilani being punched by almost every living creature in the Citadel.

So today I started with Drew Karpyshyn's Retribution. Solid so far, as all the previous books. And I can't wait to finish all the canonical content before ME3 (Inquisition, Deception, Conviction, Invasion and Homeworlds) so that I can start the final game. It's been an amazing journey so far and not precisely because of Shepard. But because of almost every other character and their tiny bits of story.

It's become my new favorite universe and franchise. At least game-related. That spot used to belong to Resident Evil but... you know, Capcom.

Anyway, I bought the first game 6 or 8 months ago because of a comment here on Kotaku. Some commenter I didn't know said something along the lines of "Mass Effect is 5 dollars on Steam right now. If you're a PC gamer and don't buy it today, you're an idiot".

It made me think "well, if this game is so good to this guy that he's willing to say that even if he sounds like an asshole, it may be worth a try".

Thank you, random Kotaku commenter. You made my year in gaming.

But I digress. Whatever Bioware churns out Mass Effect-related, I bet I'm gonna like it. Not because of fandom, but because quality. Besides, I'm used to endings that suck. See, I'm also a Stephen King fan.