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    Game » consists of 19 releases. Released Mar 06, 2012

    When Earth begins to fall in an ancient cycle of destruction, Commander Shepard must unite the forces of the galaxy to stop the Reapers in the final chapter of the original Mass Effect trilogy.

    After ME3, what should Bioware do about the franchise?

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    #1  Edited By nirokogaseru
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    #2  Edited By Mr_Skeleton

    Start a new franchise and come back to Mass Effect after a few years have passed.

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    #3  Edited By FluxWaveZ

    The Mass Effect universe is much too rich and developed to simply let die just for the sake of it. If they have an inspired and creative idea to continue the story with another character, possibly one of a race other than human, I'm all for it.

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    #4  Edited By TheSeductiveMoose

    Let Obsidian do something with it. (Also, kill off Shepard.)

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    #5  Edited By BraveToaster
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " The Mass Effect universe is much too rich and developed to simply let die just for the sake of it. If they have an inspired and creative idea to continue the story with another character, possibly one of a race other than human, I'm all for it. "
    I agree. There is so much they can do with the Universe.
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    #6  Edited By Tylea002

    I'd love them to give it to other developers. Providing there's a core Mass Effect team that are tasked with keeping the universe consistent and the canon in line, along with some quality control, I'd love to see different takes on this universe. 

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    #7  Edited By Lukeweizer

    An RTS, A prequel and then get bought by Activision.

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    #8  Edited By Nasar7

    It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't keep it going but with a new crew. Hell a prequel about Shepard's earlier years would be cool.

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    #9  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Tylea002 said:
    " I'd love them to give it to other developers. Providing there's a core Mass Effect team that are tasked with keeping the universe consistent and the canon in line, along with some quality control, I'd love to see different takes on this universe.  "
    I don't know; I pretty much hated KOTOR II.  This is an original IP by Bioware--there is no way they would give it up just like that.
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    #10  Edited By Yummylee

    Whatever they do, it better not involve Commander Shepard. Maybe something with multiplayer.

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    #11  Edited By Tylea002
    @nirokogaseru said:
    " @Tylea002 said:
    " I'd love them to give it to other developers. Providing there's a core Mass Effect team that are tasked with keeping the universe consistent and the canon in line, along with some quality control, I'd love to see different takes on this universe.  "
    I don't know; I pretty much hated KOTOR II.  This is an original IP by Bioware--there is no way they would give it up just like that. "
    Indeed, KOTOR was another developer making a game that bioware could make better. But Bioware only really makes good RPGs. The other developers could bring new genres of their expertese. I don't think anyone other than Bioware should even try making another RPG-style game (even though it's barely an RPG, but whatever), though I'd love to see, for example, Telltale do some Adventure Game on a Mass Effect minor planet. Or even some of the guys who worked on splinter cell making a C-Sec game. Things like this, rather than other developers taking the full Mass Effect burden. I'd just love some different views and explorations.
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    #12  Edited By FluxWaveZ
    @Nasar7 said:
    " It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't keep it going but with a new crew. Hell a prequel about Shepard's earlier years would be cool. "
    Maybe, but it would probably be hard to do given the different origin stories players can choose.
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    #13  Edited By PhatSeeJay

    They can milk the shit out of this franchise for all I care. It's so big that there's endless possibilities. 
    I do think they should put Shepard to rest though. Spinning off into stories around the squad members and so on would be fun.

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    #14  Edited By Andorski

    Drop The Old Republic, do a Mass Effect MMO.

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    #15  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Tylea002 said:
    " @nirokogaseru said:
    " @Tylea002 said:
    " I'd love them to give it to other developers. Providing there's a core Mass Effect team that are tasked with keeping the universe consistent and the canon in line, along with some quality control, I'd love to see different takes on this universe.  "
    I don't know; I pretty much hated KOTOR II.  This is an original IP by Bioware--there is no way they would give it up just like that. "
    Indeed, KOTOR was another developer making a game that bioware could make better. But Bioware only really makes good RPGs. The other developers could bring new genres of their expertese. I don't think anyone other than Bioware should even try making another RPG-style game (even though it's barely an RPG, but whatever), though I'd love to see, for example, Telltale do some Adventure Game on a Mass Effect minor planet. Or even some of the guys who worked on splinter cell making a C-Sec game. Things like this, rather than other developers taking the full Mass Effect burden. I'd just love some different views and explorations. "
    If done right, that would be cool.  But the only reason another developer would pick up the franchise (and pay the royalties) is if they knew it was going to be a hit, but the same conundrum that appears in Movie games appears here: why make a great game that will make a little money, when you can make a crappy game whose name will sell itself and make bukus of money?
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    #16  Edited By Nasar7
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " @Nasar7 said:
    " It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't keep it going but with a new crew. Hell a prequel about Shepard's earlier years would be cool. "
    Maybe, but it would probably be hard to do given the different origin stories players can choose. "
    If they're willing to make one of them canon (probably the default Earthborn/Sole Survivor) it would be doable. 
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    #17  Edited By Tylea002
    @nirokogaseru: Because EA, who own the Mass Effect name, seem to be okay-ish when it comes to quality control on that kinda stuff. I mean, Dead Space Extraction was pretty cool. If there's any company who's large enough to try this AND keep some kind of quality control, it would be EA.
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    #18  Edited By SomeJerk

    Finish off the series with a single multiplayer FPS taking place in the ME universe (faction VS faction business) and then not have anybody touch it again, ever.

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    #19  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Nasar7 said:
    " @FluxWaveZ said:
    " @Nasar7 said:
    " It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't keep it going but with a new crew. Hell a prequel about Shepard's earlier years would be cool. "
    Maybe, but it would probably be hard to do given the different origin stories players can choose. "
    If they're willing to make one of them canon (probably the default Earthborn/Sole Survivor) it would be doable.  "
    They could make three small background scenarios where you choose Earthborn/Spacer/Colonist and then play War Hero/Sole Survivor/Ruthless scenarios.
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    #20  Edited By Yummylee
    @Nasar7 said:
    " @FluxWaveZ said:
    " @Nasar7 said:
    " It's almost inconceivable that they wouldn't keep it going but with a new crew. Hell a prequel about Shepard's earlier years would be cool. "
    Maybe, but it would probably be hard to do given the different origin stories players can choose. "
    If they're willing to make one of them canon (probably the default Earthborn/Sole Survivor) it would be doable.  "
    That would be such an asshole move of them. The whole point of Shepard is to allow the player to craft their own take on Shepard, with the gender, personality, and lifestyle. If they were to release a game that then sets in stone the canon for Shepard, it would pretty much demolish a lot of what made the Shepard series so endearing, and cheapen knowing that you may probably be playing the game with the ''wrong Shepard''. 
     
    I know they've already got the male Shepard face set up as the default for the series, but I've only seen that just for the sake of the promotional work and that didn't label that Shepard as the canon.
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    #21  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Tylea002:
    I think we are thinking of different EA's is there another one on Jupiter that's actually good?  EA is the perfect company to ruin a franchise.  Thankfully they really don't mess with their good developers.  They at least get that.
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    #22  Edited By mnzy

    I really hope they nail the ending in ME3
    Don't make it into Star Wars Episode 1-3.

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    #23  Edited By Tylea002
    @nirokogaseru: Yep, they've got that reputation, but I'm still optimistic on EA. 2008, when they started with that new push, Dead Space/Mirror's Edge etc. they turned a corner. Old EA would ruin mass effect within 5 minutes, but I think EA would be very cautious to ruin the most critically successful series that they publish.
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    #24  Edited By AhmadMetallic

    Let it fucking die and let other games live 
     
    i love Mass Effect, but that shepard mania needs to end. im sick of hearing about it everywhere and seeing it get all the awards

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    #25  Edited By innacces14

    An FPS about Garrus' adventures within the two years of Shepard's absence.

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    #26  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Tylea002:
    Which is precisely why they aren't giving Bioware's vision to another one of their developer's new EA wouldn't take that chance with a hit like Mass Effect. Yes, dead space is big, but ME is huge.  I've noticed they walk around it like it was glass.  Bioware is definitely in charge of ME.  Then again that could be because Ray Myuza is a Senior Vice President for EA  and Group General Manager of EA's developers.
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    #27  Edited By Nasar7
    @nirokogaseru: I was thinking of that but it sounds like a lot of work, especially if we expect all three scenarios (and variations thereof) to be of the usual ME quality. 
     
    @Abyssfull: Yeah it would detract from that aspect of the game but I wouldn't really mind if my Earthborn/War Hero Shepard was suddenly non-canon. I think it's ok for Bioware to reserve some power to establish a character at the expense of flexibility. Or alternately, the way you play the game would ultimately determine whether or not your Shep is a sole survivor, ruthless etc... i.e. multiple endings.
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    #28  Edited By Synthballs

    Sell it to EW and release a new game every year.

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    #29  Edited By Tylea002
    @nirokogaseru: That iPhone game happened :P. But yeah, I agree it's unlikely, but it's just my personal way that I'd love to see this rich universe explored.
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    #30  Edited By Synthballs

    I meant EA. Mobile site can't edit. Sorry.

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    #31  Edited By csl316

    I'm guessing prequels.

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    #32  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Synthballs:
    EA owns Bioware, EA does own ME
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    #33  Edited By TheDudeOfGaming

    There are options, but id go with let the series die with dignity, usually after the second sequel its just milking a franchise,but if they managed to stay innovative and original hells yeah more Mass Effect pls. But if there is a fourth they they should probably kill off Shepard and go with a new character.

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    #34  Edited By Synthballs
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    Was a joke about milking franchises.
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    #35  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @Synthballs: 
    Thank you, Captain Obvious, but you are defending the guy who misspelled EA.
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    #36  Edited By CptChiken
    @nirokogaseru said:
    " @Synthballs:  Thank you, Captain Obvious, but you are defending the guy who misspelled EA. "
    of course hes going to defend him... He IS him...
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    #37  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @CptChiken: 
    I blame the flu...
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    #38  Edited By JasonR86

    I kind of hope they let the series end with the trilogy.  I want them to develop a new IP and take what they learned from Mass Effect to make that new IP even better. 

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    #39  Edited By CptChiken
    @nirokogaseru: dont worry, ive made a fool of myself on these boards more often that i care to remember.
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    #40  Edited By Cornman89

    Shelve it for a few years. Or forever.
     
    Make the Victorian era RPG that exists in my dreams.
     

     Bioware + top hats = ???
     Bioware + top hats = ???
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    #41  Edited By Undeadpool

    Absolutely nothing with Shepard (maaaaybe s/he could show up as an auxiliary character in a different game) but with a universe as developed as the one they've built, they could really go anywhere. I'd like to see games that aren't shooters set in the ME universe. I think on a Bombcast awhile ago someone said something about a private detective solving Citadel crimes. Something like that could be AWESOME.

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    #42  Edited By benpack
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " The Mass Effect universe is much too rich and developed to simply let die just for the sake of it. If they have an inspired and creative idea to continue the story with another character, possibly one of a race other than human, I'm all for it. "
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    #43  Edited By nirokogaseru
    @CptChiken: 
    haha... It's just funny that in the process of criticizing him for a lesser mistake, I made an even greater one.
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    #44  Edited By lclay
    @Mr_Skeleton said:
    "

    Start a new franchise and come back to Mass Effect after a few years have passed.

    "
    this 
     
    I love the ME universe but they should take a break from it and come up with something new and amazing 
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    #45  Edited By kingzetta

    They should make more non Shepard games.

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    #46  Edited By Solh0und

    Let it die afterwards(meaning no more sequels) and just strictly do DLC for ME3. 
     
    I would hate for this series to get milked to death.

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    #47  Edited By AlexW00d

    Have more games in the Universe, but don't call them Mass Effect. 
     
    An RTS set in the Universe would be awesome. And give the idiots their space marines FPS.

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    #48  Edited By louiedog
    @AlexW00d said:

    " Have more games in the Universe, but don't call them Mass Effect.  An RTS set in the Universe would be awesome. And give the idiots their space marines FPS. "

    Why not call them Mass Effect? It's not like those words have any direct relationship with the story of ME 1-3. It's part of the universe.
     
    And, I've said it before. After ME3 we'll get Mass Effect Wars, Mass Effect 3: N7, and a prequel, Mass Effect: First Contact.
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    #49  Edited By AlexW00d
    @louiedog said:
    " @AlexW00d said:
    " Have more games in the Universe, but don't call them Mass Effect.  An RTS set in the Universe would be awesome. And give the idiots their space marines FPS. "
    Why not call them Mass Effect? It's not like those words have any direct relationship with the story of ME 1-3. It's part of the universe.  And, I've said it before. After ME3 we'll get Mass Effect Wars, Mass Effect: N7, and a prequel, Mass Effect: First Contact. "
    Because, without the Mass Effect in front of it, people won't think the series is being dragged out.
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    #50  Edited By napalm
    @FluxWaveZ said:
    " The Mass Effect universe is much too rich and developed to simply let die just for the sake of it. If they have an inspired and creative idea to continue the story with another character, possibly one of a race other than human, I'm all for it. "
    Haven't BioWare gone on to say that Mass Effect won't stop when the third one ends, but it will be the end of Shepherd's story? 
     
    I mean, that makes sense from a universe perspective. You end with one giant story, but continue to tell past, current and future stories with other characters and races and continue to build on this great fiction that has been crafted. Why not explore more of it?

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