Submitted by shodan74 1051d ago | news

Mass Effect Producer Asks Fans: “Should The Next Game Be A Prequel?”

In the latest of a series of attempts to gauge fan opinion on the future direction of the Mass Effect series, BioWare’s Casey Hudson has taken to Twitter to see whether gamers would prefer the next game to be a sequel or a prequel. (BioWare, Casey Hudson, Culture, Dev, Mass Effect, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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bicfitness  +   1051d ago
No. Prequels are the lazy-writer's copout. "I can't think of new material, so I'll just show you some stuff that you already know is gonna happen! But I'll add a few peripheral characters and cameos for the lore hounds. Best part, is that I don't even need to write an ending, cause, you know..."
NewMonday  +   1051d ago
if they do different timelines like Star Wars then it could work, maybe the time of first contact with aliens.
lociefer  +   1051d ago
maybe they could try focusing on leviathans and do a story about them trying to regroup and claim their place in the galaxy or smthng
thorstein  +   1051d ago
Why not just a different story in the ME universe? Different characters etc... What might be awesome: the main character is a privateer and missions and storyline follow the more "seedier" side of ME.

There are countless options if we just go with a different story. It doesn't have to be a "Save the universe" sci fi story. Just a great story with great gameplay.
Elit3Nick  +   1051d ago
@thorstein I have also thought about a mercenary or something similar. Will you have a conscience? Will you take any contract? Also you obtain weapons by either scavenging them from a fight, or spend hard earned money on more exotic and powerful guns, armor, maybe ship upgrades or something. That would definitely be a great concept :)
jony_dols  +   1051d ago
I wouldn't mind a Vita prequel; involving one of Shepherd's crew as the protagonist.

Maybe a storyline based around Garrus's time in C-Sec & later on as Archangel.

How about pulling off assassinations as Thane?

Or pulling off elaborate heists as Kasumi!

Unreal Engine 3 runs well on the handheld, so it's definitely doable!
XxWalksOfShamexX  +   1050d ago
That could actually work. I can imagine there was alot of tension during that war, would help understand why turians and humans were a little bitter towards each other in the past three games.
gaffyh  +   1050d ago
Simple answer

We want to know what happens to Shepard, or at least what happens AFTER Shepard. Nobody cares about prequels.
crxss  +   1050d ago
after the craptastic ending to the trilogy they should ABSOLUTELY not do a prequel.
Gamer1982  +   1051d ago
Why does there have to be a next one? Why cant a developer be happy with a trilogy and then move on? There nothing wrong with making a new series in the same game world with a different name perhaps but developers are getting lazy these days and milking games too much and its why crap like IAP etc are getting more power in the market as people are losing interest.
GUYwhoPLAYSvideoGAME  +   1050d ago
what about a story showing how the reapers came to be, when the world was overcome by synthetics
BitbyDeath  +   1050d ago
Not all prequals are bad.
MGS3 for example was brilliant.
shempo  +   1050d ago
the difference with mgs3 is that we didnt know the story-outcome....unlike ME,you know what happened so its pointless playing something u know how it will finish + the choices would be pointless too
Mounce  +   1050d ago
They should make a side-story involving Garrus and the fun he had inbetween Mass Effect 1 and 2 when he was 'Archangel'.
DanJenkoFMV  +   1051d ago
I'm not sure how it can anything but a prequel. Say what you want about Mass Effect 3's ending, but it was very conclusive.
TrendyGamers  +   1051d ago
A prequel would make a little more sense in the grand scheme of things.
kesvalk  +   1051d ago
just make a new threat, something coming from another galaxy, or something coming from a newly opened gate.

it's not that difficult.
Lucreto  +   1051d ago
Except there are 3 different ME3 endings they need to deal with.
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kesvalk  +   1051d ago
make it WAY into the future of the series, when reapers are just relics of old, with completely new species and everything.

just use the same universe.
RivetCityGhoul  +   1051d ago
why not make a new series. why must we feel the need to create more sequels to series that has plenty. let Mass Effect breath a bit and make a new series. then you can come back to it.
JackRipper  +   1051d ago
No prequel. I think, as much as I like Mass Effect, BioWare should move on to something new.
modesign  +   1051d ago
bioware is making another ME game after ME3 fiasco
fossilfern  +   1051d ago
Casey just bring it back to its RPG roots but im sure EA will have something to say about it
Lucreto  +   1051d ago
Well it is difficult to continue after the end of ME3. There are 4 drastic endings to the game and you have to plan a story around all these choices and all the other choices in the games.

It would be easier to do a prequel. I would like it set between ME1 and ME2 where sheperd is dead.
MasterD919  +   1051d ago
No Prequel!

Spoiler Alert....

Most gamers who completed the game successfully know we heard that gasp of air. Either bring back Shep or create a new hero (with a Shep cameo). Prequels are highly overrated.
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wishingW3L  +   1051d ago
I hate pre-quels!
Sovereign59  +   1051d ago
Why are they even asking us for input? Doesn't this compromise their artistic integrity?
Hydralysk  +   1051d ago
Ha! Like they had that in the first place.
Godmars290  +   1051d ago
You honestly bought that BS?
Sovereign59  +   1050d ago
Haha, of course not, my comment was a joke.
Xof  +   1050d ago
You honestly couldn't read that as sarcasm?

I'm disappointed, Godmars. You've recovered your bubbles, yes, but you've lost your perception!
DOOMZ  +   1051d ago
shempo  +   1051d ago
no prequels....we already know whats happening
the next ME should be years after me3
ApolloTheBoss  +   1051d ago
If they have to ask their customers what they want, then it's obvious they're paranoid that they'll start another firestorm like the ME3 ending. Just make a 4th one. Maybe set a few years after ME3.
Godmars290  +   1051d ago
Given this and other events the one thing I think I'd like to see in ME4 is this guy being put in it so his character can be bitch slapped over and over again. Might even buy the game then.
darkness625  +   1051d ago
after me3, i see no reason to continue the franchise. bioware wants to listen to feedback, i think that is full of shit. after lying about what they promise to add on me3, i don't believe the fact they want feedback.
Bonerboy  +   1051d ago
Does it really matter? These "fans" are going to bitch and complain regardless.
aliengmr  +   1050d ago
Since they're just milking it at this point and don't have any problem writing nonsense, they should do whatever they feel like doing.

Honestly, does it really matter at this point? Before, during, after, it doesn't matter, people will buy it regardless.

IMO, they should have stuck with the just the trilogy like they said they were going to do.
ALLWRONG  +   1050d ago
Unfortunately do to EA I wont be playing anymore Mass Effect games. Just hope they don't screw up Dead Space because that's the last game from them I like.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1050d ago
Not a sports guy huh?

Fifa, NHL, Football etc. All games I buy every year simply because EA makes the best NHL, Soccer and Football games available on the market...(well there is no competition for Football so I don't really have anything to compare it against that has an NFL license)

I would LOVE another Dante's Inferno. Can't wait for Dead Space 3 as well.
shempo  +   1050d ago
dead space 3 is now gears of space
dante inferno is a completely god of war rip off.

i wait for the king of the genre which is god of war prequel

as for survival....the amnesia games are out there and the new one is in dev,project zwei and the last of us is all i need when it comes to survival.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1050d ago
@ shempo

"dead space 3 is now gears of space"

I don't agree with that. Additions may have been added but but story, enemies the lore...all Dead Space. I don't play a game just for it's control mechanics. All shooters have the same control mechanics. All RTS games have the same control mechanics. Suddenly Dead Space 3 is a rip off of Gears? Quantum Theory is a rip off to Gears. Not Dead Space.

"dante inferno is a completely god of war rip off."

It's similar no doubt, but I don't hear you complaining about PS Allstars.

"this game got good scores except gamespot which was reviewed by a lame nab nobody like and doesnt have a single clue about fighting games"

In FACT you seem to be supporting it, but yet frown upon Dante's Inferno. Again, it's a hack n slash so there are going to be similar game controls. I have played ALL of the God of War games and have the HD collectors edition. I still think GoW2 is the best out of the 3 and I enjoyed Dante's Inferno's story over GoW3's.

"i wait for the king of the genre which is god of war prequel"

What are you talking about? What do you mean wait? Are you saying that you didn't play Dante's Inferno? It came out like 3 years ago. You make no sense on saying you will wait for the new GoW game. You didn't even know it existed until last year, so why would you have passed up on a game released 3 years ago to "wait" for a game that wouldn't have even been announced till 2 years later?

"as for survival....the amnesia games are out there and the new one is in dev,project zwei and the last of us is all i need when it comes to survival."

Why are you off topic? Why are you mentioning Playstation games in a conversation about EA? Are you so insecure with your purchase that you have to advertise Sony's games in an EA article?
Thatlalala  +   1050d ago
Firefly!! ME Style. Do this.
Xof  +   1050d ago
Yes and no. Early ME stuff was closer to being a B5 rip-off, and since B5 was great, that can only make ME better. Also, they really wrote themselves into a hole with ME3's ending.

So, I guess that's no and no.

In general I prefer sequels over prequels... ME3 had such a terrible ending. Part of me would like to see a subsequent game "fix" all those issues. Another part of me isn't sure that's possible.

And a third part of me knows it's pointless to even speculate on ME as a series, since Bioware no longer exists.
medman  +   1050d ago
I am more in favor of moving the galaxy forward, as opposed to going back. I would like to see the Mass Effect galaxy possibly interact with neighboring galaxies in the next game. Introduce new species not only in the Milky Way, but in the Andromeda and others as well. Expand the scope. Hopefully that will be possible on the next gen systems. An intergalactic story would be tremendously entertaining. The possibilities for Mass Effect are endless. Whatever direction they choose to go, I will be taking the journey.
Roccetarius  +   1050d ago
After finishing ME3 shortly after the game released, i can never look at the franchise the same ever again.

I don't trust those reponsible anymore.
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Acquiesc3  +   1050d ago
It's your game. Surprise us.
sdplisken  +   1050d ago
please work on a new ip for the remainder of this gen and then make the prequel/sequel next gen

please dont milk mass effect, theres way too much of that nowadays
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