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

[quote]BioWare does not want you to refer to the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4. Doing so would imply it was a sequel to Commander Shepard's story.

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But that doesn't mean it will be a prequel, either.

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"To call the next game Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here," BioWare community manager Chris Priestly wrote on the company's forums.

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"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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The next Mass Effect game is in development at BioWare Edmonton, which worked on Mass Effect 2 and 3 side-quests and the latter's excellent multiplayer.

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BioWare Edmonton boss Yanick Roy has since clarified Priestly's comments and dropped several hints that, despite not being a sequel, events in the next game would take place after those in Mass Effect 3.

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"Thinking of the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4 would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games," he wrote. "That doesn't mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won't get recognised, but they likely won't be what this new story will focus on.

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"If you had three games centred around a group of key soldiers in the US army during World War I and then decided to make a game about another group of people during the Second World War, the games could have many points in common and feel true to one another," he continued.

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"You likely would have to recognise how the events of the first war influenced the ones of the second, but you would not necessarily think of it as a sequel. Again, the analogy is not great, but what I'm trying to say is that the ME universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story."

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Questioned as to whether the next Mass Effect game would still feature the same galaxy, the same alien races, and honour the series' existing lore and history, Roy suggested it would.

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"What makes it Mass Effect is indeed the alien races, the technology, the lore, history, etc. You can safely expect those in the next Mass Effect."

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Firm information on the project, first announced by BioWare last September, won't be disclosed "for several more months".

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"We don't have a firm communication timeline established at this point, but I don't expect it will be for several more months," Roy concluded. "Early in development, things fluctuate so much that any detail we communicate could have to be 'uncommunicated' a few months later. I think we'd rather have something solid to show by the time we step in the spotlight."

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BioWare still has a significant (and likely final) Mass Effect 3 single-player DLC in the pipeline, along with another multiplayer update.[/quote]

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Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-07-bioware-calling-the-next-game-mass-effect-4-is-a-disservice

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Well... So if we can't call it Mass Effect 4, what do we call it? Mass Effect : The Search for more Money? The thing Yannick Roy said about calling Mass Effect 4 a "linearity would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games" etc etc... well, that's worked for the Final Fantasy series. So why not call it Mass Effect 4? Prior to PS2, none of the FF's were linked together (characters/world etc)...

 

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I still don't see how they can do a sequel without making one of the endings canon.

Well, until they give us another title, Mr. Priestly better get used to hearing us call it "MASS Effect 4".  Not surprised that they'll probably go with a timeline after the first trilogy, many players complained about playing DLC that took place before this game's conclusion, going on about how it "won't affect the outcome" and would likely have the same grievances about a prequel to the current trilogy...:-)

Who cares? Really? It's Bioware folks...a place where space magic abounds. When the game actually comes out, we'll know whether it's ME4 or not, and Priestly's semantics won't change that.

"If you had three games centred around a group of key soldiers in the US army during World War I and then decided to make a game about another group of people during the Second World War, the games could have many points in common and feel true to one another," he continued.

"You likely would have to recognise how the events of the first war influenced the ones of the second, but you would not necessarily think of it as a sequel. Again, the analogy is not great, but what I'm trying to say is that the ME universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story."

Unless of course you had those world war 1 soldiers choose one of 3 different decisions that altered the entire universe.  More trouble from that  ending.  lol

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"If you had three games centred around a group of key soldiers in the US army during World War I and then decided to make a game about another group of people during the Second World War, the games could have many points in common and feel true to one another," he continued.

"You likely would have to recognise how the events of the first war influenced the ones of the second, but you would not necessarily think of it as a sequel. Again, the analogy is not great, but what I'm trying to say is that the ME universe is so rich that we are not limited to a single track when coming up with a new story."

Unless of course you had those world war 1 soldiers choose one of 3 different decisions that altered the entire universe.  More trouble from that  ending.  lol

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^Just what I was thinking almost verbatim.

 

To add to it: So, let's see... the idea is to make a whole new game/series of games... based on a universe and it's inherent lore, races, technology and potential stories that can evolve from those aspects. Let's not even necessarily call it a sequel or prequel, let's just call it a... relevant story? Oh and calling it by the name of it's predecessor would be doing it a disservice. Yeah... I mean why would anyone want to actually give it a name at all? Not to mention have it be known as a game that's spawned from one of the biggest, most loved by many (regardless of opinions on the ending) and most prominent titles in RPG gaming. Well of course, who wouldn't see the logic in that?

 

So WTH should we call it?  I can think of several names that end in 'effect'...  WTH Effect. Money Grab Effect, maybe?  I know, let's call it "The Next Mass Effect Game That Shouldn't be Called Mass Effect Because That'd Be A Disservice Effect". >0<

I suspect many are calling it ME4 until a proper title is made clear, similar to the Xbox 720 and the PS4

"The Artist formerly known as Mass Effect"?

Its entirely possible they could just take the races, technology and abilities and make another game where none of the Commander Shepard stuff even existed, however, fan boys would probably burn them at the stake for that...

wait, you mean Bioware currently is not engulfed in flames already?  

No. They are currently drowning from fan boy tears.

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