The next Mass Effect protagonist will not be ‘Shepard 2′, says BioWare

Mass Effect

By on October 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

The next Mass Effect – or not-Mass Effect – will not star Shepard. *Gasp!* I know, that is a shock to no-one. But who will it star, instead? Well, not ‘Shepard 2′, according to BioWare Montreal producer Fabrice Condominas, owner of a pretty amazing name.

Speaking with VG247, Condominas said of the next installment, “There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over. This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don’t even know what kind of time frame we’re going to be in. All we’re doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.”

“So first, we don’t want to make ‘Shepard 2′, or Mass Effect 4 with like, ‘oh there’s no more Shepard but you’re a soldier in the universe’,” Fabrice went on. “So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.”

What do you think? Would you rather see someone completely new step into the series, or see the focus shift to one of Shepard’s cronies? Human or alien? Sequel? Prequel? The possibilities are endless!

Source: VG247

24 comments (Leave your own)

Krogan dating sim, “Mass Effect: Quad”.


Really hope we can get the perspective of that universe from different race.
Please not another human centric game.


I haven’t played 3 yet, so I’m not sure if the title is a spoiler…



I think you’ll get a race selection, but it’ll be a lot more RPG, seeing as that’s generally what bioware are good at. Quietly hoping it won’t be a hardcore fps with “rpg elements”.



If you haven’t played it by now, or haven’t had the storyline explained/spoiled for you, you’ve been hiding under a rock. I’m quite amazed if you haven’t. Its rather hard to avoid.



I think Bioware used to be good at RPGs, I’m not so sure they’re quite as good as they used to be at it though. Been personally quite a while since I’ve enjoyed a BW RPG, just personal opinion but I dont think they are the company they used to be.


“Would you rather see someone completely new step into the series…?” Yes, I think some new writers stepping into the series might help, due to the ME3 incident.

At the risk of being rather unoriginal…I’m not sure i trust them with the Mass Effect franchise any more. Also that you don’t have the choice to purchase via Steam doesn’t help.


Would be awesome to choose your race and customise them like skyrim, and have multiple storylines for the races and they all intertwine somehow. I dunno.


Would be awesome to choose your race and customise them like skyrim, and have multiple storylines for the races and they all intertwine somehow. I dunno.

that would be cool :D so many idea’s and possibilites you could do with the mass effect universe! glad they kept to what they said and made ME3 the last one with shepard :)


Shepard and Liara’s daughter. Imagine that: inherited natural brains and brawn and a 1000 year life. And she dances on Omega. What’s not to like?


Less of the save the universe thing, more Elcor.

Many more Elcor.


Less of the save the universe thing, more Elcor.

Many more Elcor.

Nah, Blasto > *


You play a reporter. Travelling around the galaxy in a civilian news network star-cruiser visiting places of historic importance and current events. As a reporter you have no combat training or enhancements and have to use your plain old un-enhanced body to gather information. You must use stealth and dialogue instead of combat to avoid being put in jail and to complete jobs. At the conclusion of the game your character will be rewarded with a job promotion and a plaque for doing a good job.


I’ve said this before but they should let us play as a keeper and they could call it “Mass Effect – Keeper of Secrets” :P


Will just wait and see how they use the existing universe, there are endless possibilities for it, well not endless, but a damn lot, what I would like to see is the use of the save games again, even if its just from 3 to determine what exactly happened in the universe, but they will most probably just say ‘A 1000 years after the Reaper invasion, the universe now looks like this’ which I think will be a tad disappointing after all the effort went into the series.

Maybe I’m looking into it to deeply.


I like how they say it wont be a “Soldier”.
Doubt they will stick with that though then they’d have to drop alot of the action/Shooter focus.


I think Bioware shouldn’t be saying a damn thing about what their game will be like after the ME3-ending debacle.



Jeeze people on here are rude. I just haven’t bought it yet and I don’t click on articles about it, simple. This one I clicked on because the RSS title itself seemed to have a spoiler and I wanted to make it known.

If they really don’t give a shit, as you seem to put forth, then I’ll unsubscribe from the RSS, it’s that simple.


Forgive me, but there’s no spoilers in the title or in the article. If you haven’t played ME3, you’ll still be fine :)


Tim Colwill,

That’s all I needed to know, thanks Tim.

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