Mass Effect 4 leaves Shepard behind

BioWare Montreal producer confirms Commander Sherpard's story has come to a close; next game in role-playing game series will feature "very, very different context."

Commander Shepard is gone, but not forgotten. BioWare Montreal producer Fabrice Condominas confirmed to VG247 that Shepard's story is finished, and the captain will not be featured in Mass Effect 4, or whatever the next entry in the series is titled.

Shepard's story is over.

"There is one thing we are absolutely sure of--there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over," Condominas said. "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."

As for who may replace Shepard as the franchise's leading character, Condominas made clear that BioWare is not simply going to iterate on Shepard.

"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'. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest," he said.

Last month alongside the departure of BioWare founders Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, the company announced that a new Mass Effect game was forming at the studio. Details are non-existent on the project, but it has been confirmed that Mass Effect 3 producer Casey Hudson is attached to the game, said to be a "full" Mass Effect title.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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punisher1
punisher1

I just want a good ending to a game. If they can give that I will be interested in a new game.

lachtwulf
lachtwulf

I think they should make mass effect 4, it starts as if the reapers won, and in the beginning, you hear liaras voice echoing talking of their failure and how the people from the present can stop the reapers easily, and there's a cracking getting louder and louder, when finally, a wall is broken down, a bunch of strange aliens begin going though the opening and theres a room full of different things from the past, but one thing catchers their eye in particular, a large rectangular box surrounded by ice, they examine the top and clear away some ice to see, and its a familiar face, Joker...


Joker wakes up in a hospital and begins to panic, he sneaks out of his room and tries to escape though he doesn't get far, they catch him and speak to him in a foreign language, after a moment of speaking two aliens speak to each other and then offers Joker a pill, he reluctantly swallows the pill and shortly is able to understand their language, they tell him about the human race and how a hero died trying to stop the reapers and how an asari left messages in different planets with different frozen people in each planet, (Shepard's team). They explain how he was the only one who survived of those that were found, they had also found a chip along with him, EDI was implanted in it, not only do they activate EDI, but they are able to make her human. As for Joker, when they examined him they noticed his brittle bone disease and later give him an injection, not only does it cure his disease, it makes him stronger, faster... The reapers have been wiped out years ago, a darker enemy lurks still.

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

It's hard to let go of a character I spent so much time with; a story I enjoyed unraveling for so long and so many times over and over. It's sad to see Shepard go but I guess its time.

sonic_rareware8
sonic_rareware8

I'm going to miss Commander Shepard, does that mean Miranda Lawson and Jacob Taylor are not going to be in it as well?

RIP Commander Shepard :'(

deivis_sc
deivis_sc

It would be nice to play Mass Effect as Dragon Age, where you can choose races and stuff, not only human. Though I think it should be called Mass Effect: *insert some badass cliche name here* instead of Mass Effect 4.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

How's about being able to play as other races.I'd love to go through the ranks as an Asari Justicar, or as  Turian.

scroveon
scroveon

In every ending of Mass Effect 3 Shepherd died.. but why?? in a RPG game developers can't make an confirm ending.. make this epic trilogy crap with such bad endings.. there must be an ending where Shepherd can survive and live

Raansu
Raansu

How about we just leave it a lone? Do we really need a mass effect 4? Why not come up with a new franchise instead? Mass Effect is done. 3 had a horrible ending, let the franchise die.

foxgirl9
foxgirl9

i still would get the mass effect 4

Siddha19
Siddha19

I want to see Mordin or Legion in a sandbox style Mass Effect universe.  Titles like "Salarian Rogue Trader" or "Legion: The First Intentional Infiltrator".  

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

it's obviously going to be garrus, so we can all do some calibrations. 

fallout25
fallout25

No Prequels!...period!


Also they better let us make our own character...I dont want to play as a fixed character.


ThatOneGamerGuy
ThatOneGamerGuy

As long as there aren't tedious planet mining minigames I gotta do or else my friends will die

ruddy_bollocks
ruddy_bollocks

I really hope they learned something from the ME3 ending fiasco. I'd like to think they have.

Romayo83
Romayo83

Good and Bad I guess. Good thing is it seems Mass Effect has a great potential to be around for a long time! Just please please please don't get into the MMO business.

obsoleteone
obsoleteone

Let us pick our race and species! I've always wanted to play as a Quarian. 

hyru99
hyru99

I am going to cringe at the new character's last name

gino_pachino
gino_pachino

What about playing in the " prothean age "

sambucca
sambucca

I didn't pay much attention to the article except for the fact that the producer's surname sounds very much like "condom in a$$".

Hmmm...

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator moderator

Mass Effect is much more than one character. It is fair to continue the franchise after Shepard's journey, though he might have the best real last name for a leader in Mass Effect history.

wtf_damn
wtf_damn

wttfff the mass effect without shepard wwwtfffff

imjkaar
imjkaar

They need to continue the story but have a new protagonist, such as Shepard's son/daughter, with one of the other characters you romanced in the ME3. Then he has to fight a new evil and re-unite Shepard's crew who are scattered across the galaxy after the destruction of the relays. The reason the story must continue is because that's how we shaped it, our choices shaped the game, relationships etc. Getting rid of all the would be a kick I the balls to us. Remember they made Shepard survive as ending (SPOILER) why would they keep him alive then just not include him in the next game, why not kill him off.

jujupowaa
jujupowaa

:S To be Honest i loved Mass Effect but i also loved to play as Shepard and not any changed version of Shepard , the actual original Shepard  and a Mass Effect with no Shepard :S I don't know i think i'm just gonna say no thanks cause he really was iconic for me and most of the fans out there . I think most of Mass Effect fans loved Shep as much as Mass Effect and aren't ready to leave him yet , I mean if Bioware creates a game named Mass Effect 4 i think at least it could include the whole group or maybe they could have just name the new game differently like : Mass Effect : Immersion or something else but create a game with none of our favourite characters and name it Mass Effect ''4'' kinda breaks the mood for me so yeah ...if Bioware makes a new Mass Effect with our whole group i'll buy it  but if they name it Mass Effect 4 and has none of our crew :S well i won't ...

puke_skywalker
puke_skywalker

I always thought a squad based shooter ala the old Rainbow (before Vegas) or Ghost Recon centered around a group of N7 commandos during the First Contact War would be pretty cool.  As a prequel you could either connect it to Shep directly or with cameo appearances.  Otherwise, I am ok with sequels that don't include Shep at all.  I would expect 4 to take place much farther in the future, and whatever state the galaxy in should directly reflect the outcome of the first trilogy, in my case *SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE BEHIND THE TIMES* merging with synthetics.  The world would be a much, much different place as a result.

stephenraymer9
stephenraymer9

Bioware im fully behind expanding your universe, and using it to tell many stories. The Mass effect story was epic one of the best, and there was ultimate closure. Ive always wanted to see multiple stories come out of that universe. 

Testsoul
Testsoul

Not a very bright idea to cut shepard.Fans still need that closure.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

at least make an ending where shepard lives and reunites with his friends....... DAMN IT

altered_beast_x
altered_beast_x

I can't believe so many people are having such a hard time understanding this!

It was a trilogy (3 games). And now the trilogy is over. 

There's no more Shepard. It's time for a new game and or trilogy.

reapersblade92
reapersblade92

There has to be a dlc or another Mass Effect with Shepard ...


SPOILER!!

I mean in the last scene, where stargazer and the kid are talking, does the kid want to hear another story about Shepard and the old man says that its late, but it would be enough time for a last one.

So come on! Theres gotta be more of Shepard...
It would freak me out, if bioWare made such a statement in the game and start something totally new!!!

I would love another trilogy, but first of all please make SOMETHING so that this statement makes sense to me.. 

jmsk248
jmsk248

@scroveon My Shepard survived on the first try. I imported my character from the previous games, got over 5000 EMS and choose to destroy the Reapers. Happy ending... or at least the happiest possible ending.

feco91
feco91

@Raansu Yes, we really need a Mass Effect 4. This universe is too rich and young to let it die, don't you think?

I just wish Shepard was the protagonist...

bekkers42
bekkers42

@imjkaar What if your Shepard was a woman and didn't survive ME3? Kind of hard to give birth if you're dead. For that matter, there were only 2 romance options for FemShep that made children possible at all, So, since my Shepard romanced Thane and died at the end of ME3, that idea all falls apart.

Basically, in order for there to be a Shepard's son/daughter storyline, the Mass Effect writers would have to make an official Shepard canon, which they have said they would not do. If they lied about that, and made all my Shepard's choices meaningless, I would certainly not be inclined to play any more of their games.

chinlee52
chinlee52

I think I'll call the new protagonist "not Shepard" and I agree with you I'm not ready to just drop shepards story or life out of the series there are still a few questions from ME3 that are not answered. Also why not a happy ending? Why does Shepard absolutely have to die in 3 of the 4 endings (counting refusal.) Even if they want to end his tale I think at least some fans would have been grateful to see Shepard back on the Normandy instead of gone forever. I don't know maybe I'm in the minority. Endings are still fresh in my mind.

stephenraymer9
stephenraymer9

@reapersblade92 Shepard did a lot of things that was his greatest story but the stargazer could make the next story about Shepard's fight with the matriarch on Novaria or how he became a specter or he could just make one up. how many times have people just made up stories for their kids using legendary figures for the protagonist. Everything you did including his back-story from the first mass effect could be a story there is no need to think they would be in any kind of order other then what the story teller thinks he feels like telling.

MonocleOwl
MonocleOwl

@bekkers42 @imjkaar

They made an epic space opera that gave you a unique experience and you enjoyed for years. But since everything's got an ending and every story has to stop at some point you decided to go with: "f*ck them! not buying anymore of their games!"

bekkers42
bekkers42

@MonocleOwl @bekkers42 @imjkaar  LOL, I have no idea how you get THERE from my hypothetical "If they lied about that, and mat de all my Shepard's choices meaningless..." comment. I was really just pointing out that Bioware was not going to declare an official canon.