BioWare discusses Mass Effect spin-offs

Executive producer Casey Hudson teases it would be "cool to do something completely unrelated to the larger storyline."

BioWare has offered a new tease concerning possible spin-offs to the Mass Effect series. Executive producer Casey Hudson, who is leading development on the next Mass Effect, told OXM it would be "cool" for an upcoming game to tell an entirely new story, separate from the main arc.

"There's so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe," Hudson said. "It'd be cool to do something completely unrelated to the larger storyline, like a story about a private investigator on the Citadel. Or maybe something detailing Garrus' time in C-Sec."

Other BioWare staffers like Mac Walters (lead writer), Dusty Everman (level designer), Mike Gamble (producer), and Preston Watamaniuk (lead designer) said characters like Aria, The Illusive Man, Kai Leng, and Javik would all be deserving of their own spin-offs.

BioWare announced the next Mass Effect game last September. It will not feature Commander Shepard, as his story came to a close in last year's Mass Effect 3. The untitled game will run on the Frostbite 3 engine and according to Hudson, will be "fresh and new."

In addition to a new Mass Effect, BioWare is building an all-new IP and continues to work with Legendary Pictures on an upcoming Mass Effect film.

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231 comments
lilj2626
lilj2626

do yaws think a Spinoff wud wrk since da Triolgy is OVER???Kinda like Transfrmers a Trilogy but pt 4 cumin nxt yr Iron Man is DONE but who knows maybe Iron 4???

lilj2626
lilj2626

so wat is IP drm wat is dat crap

ragingmonkey777
ragingmonkey777

Oh and bioware dont forget MORE COMPANIONS!!! im sure its not the best making all that dialogue for your team but i was a little disappointing when my team numbers dropped from 12 to 6 i love being able to bring a variety of people along for the epic missions that you have given us

ragingmonkey777
ragingmonkey777

The mass effect games are no doubt the best games ive ever played 2 being my favorite. We can all agree that mass effect 3 had lacked a bit of explanation for the several endings but never the less it gave shepard some closure. i think its time that bioware takes a look at the previous games dont get me wrong mass effect 3 combat is truly amazing but their was so much focus on combat that they started to pull from the story such as automatic responses look back to the first game where i got to choose everything i said which was truly amazing it gave my shepard character but i found my shepard saying things he wouldnt say in the third one. Bioware needs to stay away from the past though no prequels No doubt the mass effect history is an amazing place but we have played the future we know what the universe becomes it would lack a certain freedom element considering the future is already laid out for us. i would love to see my decisions affect the next game but obviously that is a job and a half for bioware and i wouldnt be dissapointed if they cant let up upload our decisions. Playing as an alien is a wonderful idea almost like a dragon age origins look have a race a backstory the whole deal but they have to be careful because sometimes bioware likes to put so much into one aspect it starts taking from others. overall i have no major complaints with the mass effect games they are my favorite rpg of all time and bioware is one of my favorite gaming companies. If anybody from bioware actually reads this take our advice. take your time look back at your other games utilize new gen features and make and amazing game with amazing characters gameplay and a story ill want to play again and again im sure you guys wont let us down

Lord-Raziel
Lord-Raziel

Please! The story is great if we dont count the end. New story - well if its not connected with the main trilogy story line its gona be stupid for me. I mean like DA:O and DA2. I like the story of the Origins but the second 1 its kinda boring. The third game is again different story - even more disappointing.  MY point - if its gona be like Garrus side story just make it connect with the Reapers. Javic sounds more intresting since its the last protean (that we know about ofk - side story title maby "The lost Protheans" :P) and he for sure its connected with the Reapers.

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

Again, Bio dudes are speaking about Mass Effect like nothing had happened.

DrunkenGoon
DrunkenGoon

Why would I want to play as a character who is already dead? Or even play with one who is already dead? Doesn't make any sense... I say just wipe the slate clean and use a whole new story in the same universe..

vadagar1
vadagar1

and  no more matrix ending BS plz

saint0814
saint0814

@jhonMalcovich  yea, The Matrix Online, it came out in 2005. 

Mackan52
Mackan52

Spin-offs might be good as some kind of epilogue thing that shows off what all our heroes went and did after the war.

Still good to see that the ME universe is alive and well on the drawing board. Let´s just hope for a hero that gets a happy ending with a house on Rannoch this time!

Not_A_Quarian
Not_A_Quarian

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! Can't we just leave Mass Effect as the sci-fi series that could have been? Oh, that's right, EA is involved. Please don't do an Activision and run this series into the ground. Some things should be sacred.

Takeno456
Takeno456

It would be an interesting idea.

gr8scott
gr8scott

Even though I feel that the ME franchise has way more positive than negative, I still can't get past how butchered ME3 was; more than just the ending.  Little to no RPG elements, massive auto-dialogue and rarely had dialogue options...  I just feel ME3 got too far away from what made the first two ME games popular.  It was all those features like always selecting what Shepard would say and customizing your guns and armor that effected damage or reduce heat absorption, and more that made ME as popular as it turned out to be from the first two games.  It  wasn't multiplayer, a gears of war style combat, and tons of auto-dialogue that made ME great, it was the other stuff.  ME3 didn't cater the the ME audience well in my opinion.

If Bioware were to convince me to go back to the ME universe, they need to get back to what made Mass Effect successful..but seeing as how there is no more Shepard, I don't think it will draw me in much.  And given their recent game they produced, I just don't see it.  I just don't know if this will be a game that fans from the original ME would enjoy.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

I would love to see them make a space combat sim with all the ME stuff. That was all really well fleshed out and sounded really interesting and exciting in codex, but they never got to show off any of that depth in the games.


But it'll probably be an FPS :(

Shango4
Shango4

Nazara: "Reaper. A label given by the Protheans to give voice to their destruction." Star child: "LOL! I called them that."

Nazara: "Life is a genetic mutation. An accident." Star child: "LOL! I created the Reapers to keep life in balance."

Nazara: "We are the pinnacle of evolution." Star child: "LOL! I made the Reapers."

Nazara: "WE created the mass relays and the citadel." Star child:"LOL I am part of the citadel (which also a mass relay) and I created the reapers.

Nazara:"We are each a nation - independent, free of all weakness." Star child:"LOL I control them.

Nazara= Drew Karpshyn

Star child= Hack Walters

Mass Effect 3: Full Catalyst Conversation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZitlia-u-4



PacoTaco
PacoTaco

EA's new logo is a large thug picking up a gamer by the feet, turning him/her upside down and shaking mercilessly.

CaptainBerserk
CaptainBerserk

I'm more interested on Dragon Age 3 info right now.

khatibi22
khatibi22

I am not so sure if I play any further Mass Effect game. I lost interest after Shepard died and didn't even play the DLCs I have already bought. Though time heals some wounds ;)

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

Course they will this is EA's 'genius' business strategy, since Mass Effect games are inelastic in demand they can pump out Mass Effect titles in the future similar to what Activision does and make millions until people realise they've butchered another amazing franchise. Corporate scums

theend3r
theend3r

I'd never buy a prequel (unless centered around Garrus :3). Just make it about rediscovering the universe after the destruction of mass relays, something like Star Trek. New cast, new ship, new universe and story to explore.

bgranli
bgranli

There's a lot of potential within the Mass Effect universe, so I'm excited about what they decide to focus on for the next game in the franchise. 

Starkzard
Starkzard

I'd like so C-Sec based game! :)

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

It makes sense to have a different story for the next mass effect game but at the same time I still want those things that made me fall in love with mass effect.I still want to have lots of choices that affect the game and conversation options.I still want to be part of a crew on a spaceship.I don't even need to be the commander ,I just want to interact with  the crew and bang a female crew member at the end of the game.Hope they don't stray off the path too much.

mkdewidar
mkdewidar

I still can't believe that these guys did not take the indoctrination theory as an explanation for me3's ending, it would have been the best ending ever!!! And to be honest I still love the mass effect series even though they messed up the last 10 minutes, I also have hope in the next game.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

fresh and new but still in the same time line? oh please c'mon. as much as i love mass effect, i see a milkage coming one without being too creative

DarkEvoker
DarkEvoker

I would like a game with an ending that matters and isn't rainbow colored.

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

Am I the only one who believes that Casey Hudson is a lying c***?

Rizer
Rizer

I would like a game about Wrex's merc days and what in the world happened to him to make him go from brutal killer to a brutal killer who starts thinking more deeply about his future and why he does what he does.

Dudeman315
Dudeman315

"...characters like Aria, The Illusive Man, Kai Leng, and Javik would all be deserving of their own spin-offs..."

Javik--Ok, prothean culture and cycle-cool, Illusive Man--Yeah Seeing his rise to power would be neat, Aria--Ok- she's kinda of a badass so I guess, Kai Leng--Who The F&%$ would want to play that based on the Video Game?

Inlex
Inlex

Guys, reading all your comments below, I come to the following conclusion: 

Prequels with WHICHEVER character already shown in the ME trilogy will either never happen, or be utterly devoid of meaningful story suspense, due to the fact that all of their histories are explained one way or the other. I love Thane, Javik, Garrus of whoever as much as the next guy, but it will suck terribly to have a spin off. DO NOT ENCOURAGE THESE IDIOTS. thank you.

carry on

shibbyrazel77
shibbyrazel77

whatever I'll play it, I love the shit out of the mass effect universe 

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

I'll gladly pay $60 for a spin off that has my avatar kicking a virtual representation of Casey Hudson in the balls.  Repeatedly.  And then Bioware can track how many hits either his right testicle or left testicle endured by utilizing those online features.

snova9308
snova9308

you can see a pattern here, when big publishers say somethings going to be the last of its series, they never really mean it

Mackan52
Mackan52

@theCCyberDDemon I take it for what it is. The saga was solid and another story in the ME universe sounds good. Agree with DrunkenGoon.

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

@Mackan52 What Casey proposes is the contrary of this i think, he want a prequel of these characters which i think it's a real boring idea. Without SR Normandy its like to watch a Star Trek without USS Enterprise and a Star Wars without a Millenium Falcon.

Mackan52
Mackan52

@Poison-tooth  

NO! Bring out the "Re-Animator" or "ME-Animator" (gods that was terrible).

Let Shepard rest I say. There is still a galaxy that needs more krogan airdrops!

DarkEvoker
DarkEvoker

@FET4LJUICE No, you are not the only one.  But give Hudson credit, it's not like he'd force us to pick from Mass Effect side game A, B or C?  Right? :P

Inlex
Inlex

@Dudeman315 Kai Leng is empty and stereotyped, like nearly every charachter which was in ME3....

Raven_1981
Raven_1981

@snova9308  its true, look at halo, master chief is back, but with this ideas about spin offs you do start to become doubtful in one point, I do wish Shepard could come back maybe for one last game and close properly the circle

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

@Mackan52@theCCyberDDemon Yeah, it was solid until the enormous amount of plot holes and ending. Most of it is ''fixed'' now but you can't pretend that it isn't a reality. I just wanted to see Bioware flying freely as they were in the first game. But time is money, as their publishers knows it very well.

Mackan52
Mackan52

@theCCyberDDemon @Mackan52  

 The part without the Normandy I have no major issue with, end of Shepard saga, I get it if it's "case closed" on that. Just no bloody prequels!

Dudeman315
Dudeman315

I wanted to see a game based on-- Wrex Urdnot: Krogan Bounty Hunter--but that was before I played ME 2--

That problem existed in ME2 as well...

theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

@Mackan52 @theCCyberDDemon Ok Shep story is over, i agree with that. You can call the next SR as a SR3 but can't remove that ship from it. But if they do, they better do it right and not as EA says so.