BioWare is hard at work breaking down a new story for the Mass Effect world, but Shepard may not have very much to do with it according to ME3 writer Mac Walters. Speaking to Complex at New York Comic Con, he explained that BioWare wants any new game to stand on its own as a full Mass Effect title without Shepard’s presence.
“Well, I can’t get into details, but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever. Beyond that, that’s what we’ve been deciding for awhile. But throughout it all, one of the key things is that it has to be Mass Effect. It can’t just feel like a spin-off. It has to feel like a Mass Effect game at its heart, at its core. Just without the Shepard character or the Shepard specific companions.”
So, no Commander Shepard, and possibly no Liara, Miranda, Ashley, Kaiden, Garrus, Wrex, or Joker? It would be a shame for none of these characters to appear again, but then a clean slate of a Mass Effect game (perhaps a prequel?) would be very exciting too.
Complex’s interview covers a lot of Mass Effect comic talk if you’ve been following those series. Well worth a read.