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5 Ideas For Mass Effect 4 We'd Love To See Happen

Maybe the only confirmed detail we have about Mass Effect 4's story is that it won't star Commander Shepard. Beyond that, we don't have a clue how BioWare will continue the series. They've got an entire galaxy and millions of years of history to draw on for the next game.

Here are a few different ideas that BioWare could use for Mass Effect 4 and beyond. None of them are perfect but each could make a great RPG.

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porkChop757d ago

"Why not go forward in time with ME4, then, and let us see the continuing ripple effects of choices made from the other games?"

No. The next Mass Effect is the start of a new trilogy with its own story and characters. It has nothing at all to do with Shepard's story, so there isn't any reason to continue the save file from the previous trilogy.

SaintAlpha101757d ago

Agreed, I'll miss Tali, Garrus, Liara and the crew, but if they make equally likeable characters in the new trilogy of games, then it'll be worth the trade.

I hope they don't outright cut out Asari, Turians, Quarians etc and replace them with new species.

porkChop757d ago

It still takes place in the same universe with the same races. The story just doesn't take place at the same time. When Bioware ran a poll/survey they were looking at either very far into the future or before Shepard's story.

I'd rather Bioware not limit themselves by handcuffing the new trilogy to the decisions made in the previous one.

Naga757d ago (Edited 757d ago )

I have a crazy idea that will probably never happen:

Incorporate some form of quasi-"Indoctrination Theory" from the very beginning when Shepard encounters the Prothean artifact. This would turn everything that happened in the original trilogy into a sort of fictional alternate reality which only occurred in the mind of a comatose Shepard.

While it would be somewhat deflating in the "What? I never went to Oz?" sort of way, this move - or a move like that - would serve to do two things: 1) It would free them from the constraints of previous player decisions made in the original trilogy, and 2) it would allow the new story to escape the overwhelming shadow of the original story arc.

If you think about it, they could then write a completely separate storyline dynamic where, say, the nature of the Protheans, Geth, or even the rest of the Mass Effect universe is almost completely different... there may not even be Reapers. Yet all the while, it would technically remain in a familiar Mass Effect universe.

In a way, it could be similar to what JJ Abrams did with the Star Trek series by intervening with time-travel mechanism in the first reboot.

crimsonfox757d ago (Edited 757d ago )

Also what if someone has never played any of the games? I actually passed on these games last gen. I'm semi interested in playing them. Assuming they go trough with a re-release on PS4/XB1.

Linkz973757d ago

I don't agree, yes the new game will be based in the same universe but it would be amazing to see how the actions of the first trilogy affect the universe in general. It does not need to be tied down with returning charecters as main roles but a few cameos or mentioning of past charecters would make the game feel connected in a way making you feel like damn it's because of me that this planet changed this way or the universe is acting this way. It would be awesome to see happen

Elit3Nick757d ago

I think a great idea for the story would be if you play as a mercenary, this gives you excellent variety in the types of missions that you could do while also providing significant moral choices. Do you want to do missions that only adhere to your own morals, allowing you to acquire trusted friends, or will you accept any mission for the right price, maybe giving you powerful equipment but making enemies out of the government and having hits placed on you.

Blachek757d ago

I had a conversation with somebody about this the other day and a few thoughts popped into my head.

Go Back...

We know that the Leviathan's considered themselves the original Apex race... but they created the Reapers as a way to preserve true organic life. They saw their subservient races creating synthetic life which lead to mass destruction, just as current story line arc features Quarian and Geth civil war. It was the original synthetic 'intelligence' that the Leviathan's created with lead to the Reapers as we met them in the series, in just another one of their innumerable cycles of destruction.

Give me a story line pre-Sheppard where I am dealing with completely separate events and races at some unknown interval in the Reaper Cycle.

Give me a story of the Leviathan's conquest to control the other species of the galaxies... from the Leviathan's view or the subservient species'.

We don't need to know right away that we are watching something pre or post Reaper invasion. If one thing is known, it's that as time passes and generations succumb, histories importances diminish. As the species of Mass Effect age and generations pass, the importance of the Reapers will diminish in the eyes of the new races. The Reapers did sit in deep space, what's to say that some story element doesn't take them back out of the known systems for a million years.

My point is, there are numerous ways to expand on the lore and story telling with the series without establishing any single ending to the 1st mass effect trilogy.

If they do utilize a post reaper story line I would suspect that they use the synthesis ending as it would the most desirable and offer a new avenue for a story and human dynamic that hasn't been told.

Ghost_Nappa757d ago

First Contact War would be an interesting setting.

DOMination-757d ago

Not really imo. The war lasted a few days iirc and only involved the turians. In comparison it would feel not very epic. Besides a lot of the stories in and around first contact have already been covered in the novels.

aLiEnViSiToR757d ago (Edited 757d ago )

With info i know about Mass Effect i only see two possibility's for "ME4":

1 - You play as Shepard's child in the near future or direct descendant few thousand years after ME3 as human, asari, quarian, turian, salarian, krogan etc. or maybe even some kind organic AI cyborg ?! Enemy could be some ancient race (with virus like characteristics) from another galaxy (Andromeda ?!) that has arrived to Milky Way galaxy to take over.

2 - Put it 50000+ years after ME3 with something like DA:Origins with a lot of old and new races to play and learn about their past then just create some terrifying enemy that is coming from deep space cuz Reapers failed their task so they are coming to clean their mess up.

...so with both scenarios you could have something like Genesis to create your own history of previous 3 games and the just play Mass Effect 4.

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