New Mass Effect novel due this fall

Book publisher Del Rey announces fourth installment in novel spin-off series of sci-fi game; Halo: The Flood writer William C. Dietz authoring.

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Mass Effect 3 is slated to arrive this coming holiday season. Today, book publisher Del Rey announced that the game will have some company in the Mass Effect universe when it launches, thanks to a new spin-off novel due out this fall.

Titled Mass Effect: Deception, the new book will be the fourth novel based on the sci-fi role-playing game series, which debuted in 2007 and continued with a sequel in early 2010. It is preceded by the books Revelation, Ascension, and Retribution, all of which were written by Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic scenario scribe Drew Karpyshyn.

With Karpyshyn now having relocated to Austin to help craft plotlines for BioWare's massively multiplayer game Star Wars: The Old Republic, writing duties are being transferred to William C. Dietz. Dietz is the author of more than 30 novels, including the game tie-ins Halo: The Flood, Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils, Hitman: Enemy Within, and Resistance: The Gathering Storm.

The Mass Effect novel series continues with Mass Effect: Deception.

As for Mass Effect: Deception's plot, it centers on the autistic biotic Gillian Grayson who was featured in Mass Effect: Ascension. After being subjected to dangerous experimentation as part of the Alliance's Ascension Project, she was spirited away to the Quarian Migrant fleet to hide her from the shadowy Cerberus organization, which viewed her as a weapon. Now a young woman, she is beginning to master her powers--but falls in with a group of biotic radicals "who believe their powers make them superior to ordinary humans."

Discussion

47 comments
Naicco
Naicco

Mass Effect-tastic, lol :P

Nemesis4747
Nemesis4747

wish it was Eric Nylund who was writing it, still anythings better than Karen Traviss, atleast she hasnt infected the mass effect series yet

majere613
majere613

The only problem I have with all these novelisations is that they keep making it less and less likely that the player can have any meaningful impact on how the games end up. Whilst DA and ME had multiple possible outcomes, both DA2 and ME2 really only have one, with a few variations as to who might be dead- and we've already seen in DA2 that even that may be ignored if it's inconvenient to the story. (eg [SPOILER, backwards] elagnithgiN retsiS)

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

I have read all three novels released to date, really like how they weave through the games timeline and the way they flesh out events/supporting characters. This new one isn't written by Drew Karpyshyn but hopefully it is just as fun of a read. I am anticipating Mass Effect 3 more than any game except possibly The Last Guardian; Much as I love Bioware, SWTOR is leaving me kind of flaccid, maybe it will be be really awesome at launch but I ain't feeling it right now from what they have been showing us. @paxis85 Agree with you, I prefer to see them take more time and put out a top notch ending to the current Mass Effect storyline rather than churn out something more experimental like Dragon Age 2.That said I have been pounding through DAO again just so I can have a nicer save to load for DA2; it doesn't matter much but it matters.

paxis85
paxis85

to all those people spamming that they'd rather see ME3 right now, do you really want another Dragon Age 2? they can release it in Summer of 2012 for all I care as long as they put a decent amount of effort into it. To be fair, I enjoyed DA2 but let's not pretend it was as good as its older brother DAO. I'm slowly starting to agree with Activision Blizzard's approach of taking longer to release games in the hopes of releasing good and finished products. In a couple of words *SHUT YOUR PIE HOLES KIDS*

super_gamer
super_gamer

William is a decent writer but eric nylund (who wrote Halo: fall of reach and first strike and ghosts of onyx) was wayyy better in portraying the halo series.

mrhagane
mrhagane

Sorry, i don't care any kinds of novel, but i do like to see Mass effect 3 released right NOW!!

Shardz7
Shardz7

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Lion_man
Lion_man

@Chewin3: Even fanboys, not unlike myself, can take so much disappointment.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@spybreak - They're prequels. At any rate, as a WRITER, I found Karpyshyn's work to be at about Middle School level. Absolutely the worst novels I've ever read.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Now if only Drew Karpyshyn was in charge of the main Mass Effect games like the first one. Cmon Bioware, don't let ME3 end up a mediocre shooter with some RPG elements, bring back the charm of the first one!

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

Why not expand more & do a novel on something outside of humanity, or at least a major event? They could at least do something on the first contact, the rachni wars or the krogan rebellions. Why stick to characters & events which are already featured in the games when they have several races over hundreds, if not thousands of years in an entire galaxy to work with?

Spybreak
Spybreak

@Uesugi-dono Yeah that's why you read the books after you play the games lol.

Spybreak
Spybreak

I'll miss Drew Karpsyhn's work but I'll give this William Dietz guy a shot. I enjoyed the previous novels and the plots, characters and settings were pretty good.

Bowserpwns
Bowserpwns

Get your Halo garbage out of here! This is Mass Effect, a franchise probably a billion times better written then Halo, and Bioware actually has other franchises besides just Mass Effect unlike Bungie :P

legolas506
legolas506

Drew Karpyshyn is a pretty good writter. I do enjoy reading the Darth Bane series (still need to read Dynasty ofEevil). Anyways, I'm pretty excited to see how this book will turn out!

Rhino53
Rhino53

I didn't really like The Flood. Probably because it was just like Halo: CE word through word, and I didn't like the way Dietz portrayed Master Chief. I'll still give this a read, though, because I absolutely love the Mass Effect books

thrice00
thrice00

Huskypaw Posted Apr 5, 2011 7:13 pm PT GameSpot should do book reviews in general! ***************************************** They already have hard time to do decent reviews. They will read the first chapter and make the reviews!! no thanks.

VercettiTommyy
VercettiTommyy

well Drew Karpyshyn is a decent writer, nothing special though, and the first 2 books (haven't read the 3rd one yet) are ok. But I'm happy about the writer change, I don't know the new guy but i'm looking forward to its release.

howie1926
howie1926

I still have to read to the other novels first!

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Oh, goody. The last two were so awful it actually spoiled the first game for me so much I couldn't play it.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Ii'd rather read the book than play anymore of that boring ass game, the combat sucks!

ronnet
ronnet

As for Drew, he was lead on ME1, just involved with ME2 and for ME3 he seems to be gone from the writting staff compleetly. But he wrote the trilogy storyline after KOTOR's release. So it is not as if someone else has to come up with a conclusion to the Reaper saga. Drew is now part of the Old Republic MMO team, great for them but not so great for us. ME2 is a great game but storywise I thought ME1 was much better.

ronnet
ronnet

@00ooPolarisoo00, her father's fate (third novel) certainly ties in with the Reaper main story so there is a connection. Besides I have a strong feeling she will be in the third game as a squad mate, so reading more about her will make her a better character in the third game.

Chewin3
Chewin3

No matter how bad or good this book is, a real fan can accept it

00ooPolarisoo00
00ooPolarisoo00

I'd give this guy a shot before shooting him down. sure its not Drew but still.. as for the plot setting, eh... if it were more related to ME 3, I'd be more interested

Bane_09
Bane_09

@dkdk999 Ya it sucks that it's not Drew, he's one of my favorite authors. I'm sure it will still be good though, can't wait for it to come out

Phoenix6359
Phoenix6359

Thanks for the spoiler warnings Gamespot, lucky I've already read the books:roll: This might be good but it isn't written by Drew I'm not holding my breath. @gc88, they are alright and are fun to read. The third one is quite interesting but I think the first is the best as it explains the relationship between Saren and Captain Anderson.

gc88
gc88

are these books any good?

scanders411
scanders411

Would be neat if she was a recruit in ME 3, especially if she kept her autistic personality.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

Are these books any good? I read a few of the Halo books and they were okay, but not enough for me to rush out and buy the others. Which is odd since I read Warhammer 40k books, which usually don't have the best writing, but I still keep buying them...

73X
73X

I don't know how I feel about this. I'm not a fan of Dietz's writing style, but it's going to be hard for me to pass up because it's Mass Effect.

Huskypaw
Huskypaw

GameSpot should do book reviews in general!

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

might perhaps be a worthwhile read

Scianix-Black
Scianix-Black

No Karpyshyn: Super disappointment. Gillian ripping people to shreds: So, so worth it.

cabose38
cabose38

Dang it, I was really hoping for a different character. Makes me wonder how many years after ME2 ME3 is though. Hmm

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

Interesting. I will keep an eye out for this one.

dkdk999
dkdk999

@Freak_Ache I know. I wonder why. I would think mass effect would be more important to him. I mean swtor should have a good story too. But if you wrote the main story to a 3 game saga then you should write for all 3 I think.

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Just let me know when it comes out!

Freak_Ache
Freak_Ache

@dkdk999 Apparently he moved to Austin and is now solely working on The Old Republic.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I've read the first two books. Awesome stuff. :) I gotta read the other ones some time too.

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Awesome, I loved reading Revelation and Ascension

dkdk999
dkdk999

aww not drew karpyshin ? (I know I spelled his name wrong). I guess were not gonna get anything from him on mass effect from now on. :(