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The debate: should Mass Effect 4 be a prequel?

OPM UK's David Meikleham and Phil Iwaniuk use their words to settle whether Mass Effect 4 should be a prequel, or distance itself from Shep’s story entirely. Fight!

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DeadlyFire1251d ago

I say NOOOOOOOO. Example = Tomb Raider/DMC. Don't want that to happen to Mass Effect.

aPerson1250d ago

Those games are REBOOTS - not prequels.

DeadlyFire1250d ago

While true they both take a prequel and throw it into the first game coming up in the reboots. Which to me seems like a very bad idea.

3-4-51250d ago

Yea it should just be another group of people in another similar part of their galaxy or something like that but keep the same feeling at the first 3 games.

Jakens1250d ago

I've seen some poor reboots...
Mass Effect Prequel could be a three part series I would play.
Wanting a new adventure next gen.

Blacktric1250d ago (Edited 1250d ago )

They just want to do a prequel so that they don't have to deal with all the sh*t that ME 3's ending and all other choices that the players have made throughout the other two games could cause. Imagine creating a true sequel that takes all those previous choices into account.

But it'd be too much to ask that from Bioware I guess... Those poor guys always work so hard, they deserve a break.

/sarcasm

Aloren1249d ago

Who says they want to do a prequel ?

Also, creating a prequel where no choice would change anything in the future since the canon is already established by the Mass effect trilogy wouldn't give much major choices eitehr, or they'd have to canonize one of the ending to fit with the beginning of ME1... in that case, why don't we let them canonize one of the endings of ME3 instead ?

After all, it's not like all multiple endings game carry on your decisions to the next game. They can just add a trigger that would canonize one of the endings, and the problem would be solved. eg: In the next ME game, there could be an admiral Shepard who wouldn't exist if you didn't have the high EMS destroy ending in ME3.

It wouldn't be the first time either : Shepard could die at the end of ME2, and that outcome was scrapped in ME3 (or the Warden could die in DA and was somehow alive anyway in DA Awakening... and those 2 examples were within the same story arc; and people didn't brandish their fists years in advance cause there was a chance this could happen). It would be completely unrealistic to expect all the endings to unfold differently in the next game, it would basically require at least 4 different games.

Also, when you think about it, about 50% of the players finished the game, and afaik, most of them chose destroy since it's constantly the most popular by far in polls (cause Shepard lives);

So, out of the few that remains, how many will
-still care enough about the story
-still have their saves from the past games
-and at the same time have only one Shepard to import
All that in a few years ? so, yeah... I'd rather have them starting with a beginning that is mostly the same for everyone, can be expanded upon, and yet allows most players to import at least one of their save; rather than trying to satisfy everyone while importing saves that completely change the face of the galaxy and would make it impossible for them.

DevilishSix1250d ago

I would like to explore some of commander shepards prior missions before the collectors and reapers.

aliengmr1250d ago

I really think they should give the franchise a break. Work on something new, make it at least look like they are capable of taking risks. Then it won't seem like they are just milking the franchise because they don't have any better ideas.

Irishguy951250d ago

Yeah new franchise. Mass effect and Dragon Age both came out of trying new franchises out. Keep going for new ones please.

Hydralysk1250d ago

EA isn't going to let Bioware shelve Mass Effect until they've milked it dry.

Aloren1249d ago

They're working on a new ip, I think. So, with SWTOR, they're working on 4 different IP, with a 2 year cycle for each, that's fairly reasonable; could be better, but could be worse.

medman1250d ago

I would prefer it not to be a prequel, but ultimately, if the story is great it really wouldn't matter much. There is enough variety in the Mass Effect galaxy for Bioware to draw from to make a phenomenal prequel. Whatever direction they choose to go in, I'm just hoping I will love the next game as much as I enjoyed ME1, 2, and 3.

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