What if in ME3, the Reapers win, clean out the galaxy once again and what we're playing through now is actually 50,000 years ago, not in our near future?
Chew over THAT ONE?!
Could the events Mass Effect have taken place in the past?!
" No but seriously, I hope they keep using the Mass Effect universe after the next game because I have a feeling that by the end of the third it will become my favorite science fiction universe. "This. I really want to see another game maybe 100 years after ME3 that isn't so much about the epic storyline but lets you explore the universe and see what effect Shepard's actions had on the galaxy.
No, this is not possible. Mass Effect takes place in the 2180's, and they explicitly mention people and events that happened in real life in the past. Everything that has ever happened in our reality has occurred in the world of Mass Effect, with the exception of Mass Effect and any references to Mass Effect.
I have wondered this question myself. It could be any different timespan, far into the future or far behind. If it was, it just goes to show that we always develop along the exact same paths... it just goes to show that what Sovereign said in the first game is true - we "develop along the paths we (The Reapers) desire."
But then if that were true all the races would be different... difference in races comes from extremely small differences in things like the climate and geological make of their homeworld - I doubt that in another timeline there would be another race that would basically just be the same as the previous race that inhabited the planets. In the time that it would take for humans to develop as a species from the biological bacteria we started out as, the conditions for life would probably have changed on the planet we call Earth and the species that becomes developed there in the next timeline would be different because of it.
I love talking about nerdy stuff like that :P
"No, this is not possible. Mass Effect takes place in the 2180's, and they explicitly mention people and events that happened in real life in the past. Everything that has ever happened in our reality has occurred in the world of Mass Effect, with the exception of Mass Effect and any references to Mass Effect. "
For example there is a China, a United States, and a continent named Europe, all of these things could have easily changed if Humans had developed after a previous human race was destroyed. Would the American Revolution occur twice?
If the timeline was more vague it is possible you could interepret it as such but in any case, it's possible it could do a whole assassin's creed 2 on us, where we're humanity developing from the ruins of a previous human race. That we have the christian calendar added to it though like 2151 or whatever year it is for humans, means it's unlikely but still.
Though I have given it thought, no matter how many times your race regenerates itself, no matter how many times it survives certain extinction...that doesn't change logic in any sense, throwing a rock on a planet with gravity usually means without sufficient force to outbeat gravity, it will fall eventually and its possible that all the previous humanities have found ranged weapons and kinetic barriers to be the pinnacle of self protection for the user, that most of the time against biological threats of our own shape and size often bullets work best as opposed to other forms of weapon using other forms of energy.
Just again, if the human Christian timeline wasn't implemented you could maybe argue that case better.
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" I was actually throwing that possibility in my mind. The odds of the being the case make it seem silly and I feel like that'd be a cop out *gasp* moment that I think the Bioware guys are smarter than. "
" Well, seeing as they specifically mention years (Mass Effect 1 starts in year 2183 AD), as well as many very specific details from our own history (Ashley directly quoting Lord Tennyson for example), I'm pretty sure they intend for these games to take place in the future. "This. there are too many links to our culture for it to be in the past.
Yes, could have.
But no, because the fiction and codex states otherwise. As mentioned before bioware has already detailed it greatly, with earth discovering the first mass relay and prothean technologies etc.
Would have been one hell of a mindfuck though. A nice prequel would be to play during the age of the protheans. Or as the race BEFORE the protheans. Or as yourself being a young Turian agent after they first discovered the citadel, or had the first contact war.
Man this universe is fucking rich in fiction, they have to make more games beyond ME3.
Mass Effect: The Skyllian Blitz
Mass Effect: Adventures of the Asari
To name but a few ubergeneric titles.
If they use the AD years (not sure if they do) then it would mean that history would repeat itself almost exactly the same (or have a messiah like Jesus replacement) which would seem unlikely since events are all random and for history to blah blah blah blah ..... but I have wondered that in the past.
" @DRE7777 said:Yeah, thats what I mean. Like I dont want them to go back and somehow ruin Mass Effect like, idk, some particular movie prequels. But I want them to keep making games in that universe with those alien races and stuff because they have developed a really interesting and fun universe to play in." No but seriously, I hope they keep using the Mass Effect universe after the next game because I have a feeling that by the end of the third it will become my favorite science fiction universe. "This. I really want to see another game maybe 100 years after ME3 that isn't so much about the epic storyline but lets you explore the universe and see what effect Shepard's actions had on the galaxy. "
One of my (disproved) theories while playing ME1 through the first time was that the Reapers would wind up being ... humans. At least humans of some sort, with technology that had been lost. And that humans had been put down 50,000 years in the past, and that Shepard would have to choose between ending the cycle, or taking up the role of humans as conquerors once again. That fell apart pretty quickly once the mid-game hit, but it still struck me as an interesting idea. However, the idea of this all being in Earth's distant past seems unlikely given how much history we're given in-game. It's very clearly tied to humanity 200 years *from now*, give or take a few decades.
This could be used in an interesting way, if they want to show Shepard or someone realizing that all the actions of the past game were being subtly guided by the Reaper to make the galaxy more susceptible to take-over.
It could also be a good excuse if they want to re-boot Shepard's powers "Sorry Shepard, all those abilities were using reaper tech, we had to dig them out."
so this pretty much?
" @Scalptre: While that's happening, aliens are actually playing pool with our universe which is really a cue ball for their giant pool table. "
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