In March of next year, the Mass Effect trilogy starring Commander Shepard will draw to a close with the release of Mass Effect 3. But that may not be the end of the universe. Recently, Forbes chatted with BioWare’s CEO, Ray Muzyka, and Vice President, Greg Zeschuk, about the future of the Mass Effect series, something that’s being looked at in very broad strokes, but is obviously not the team’s main focus with Mass Effect 3 still in the oven.
“Certainly the setting has really resonated with people, the type of aliens in the world, the type of people that inhabit space,” said Greg Zeschuk. “Obviously we focus first and foremost on nailing it on this game, and then, you know, the possibilities in the future are very, very broad.”
“We want to make sure it’s awesome. [Mass Effect 3] is our first focus,” added Ray Muzyka. “Beyond that, we do have a desire to continue the Mass Effect franchise, and we’re working on the details, figuring out what the fans want, figuring out the right way.”
One thing is for certain, BioWare would retain the save file transfer system they’ve used since Mass Effect 2. They believe that’s key to keeping players immersed in their universes, especially Mass Effect. Without it, there wouldn’t be a point to continue the fiction.
“One of the requirements for games to import saves and have continuity is that the player has to care about that experience. It has to be meaningful to them,” explained Muzyka. “That could be mean characters you care about, it could mean abilities, progression on your character that you want to retain. It could be any of those things, or all those things.
“But if you don’t have something that people actually care about translating from one game to the next – you could do it, but there wouldn’t be a point. But because people do care about our games, they care about the persistent state of the story, there’s a reason to do that.
“And we’re excited about that. Because we love allowing our audience to be immersed for a long time in our universe.”
I think I speak for everyone when I say we would love to continue running amok in the Mass Effect universe, post Mass Effect 3. There’s a rich well of storytelling possibilities, seeing as how they have enough material to do spin-off comics and animes. Make it happen, BioWare.
Mass Effect 3 will be launching on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC next March.