Follow

    Mass Effect 3

    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.

    Mass Effect 4 - Possible Prequel - Take care of your save file(s)

    Avatar image for funkydupe
    Funkydupe

    3614

    Forum Posts

    5978

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #1  Edited By Funkydupe

    http://www.oxm.co.uk/38485/mass-effect-4-to-be-a-prequel-bioware-looking-at-mass-effect-race-histories/

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/334474/bioware-on-mass-effect-4-potential-still-plenty-of-stories-to-tell/

    "If you boot up Mass Effect 3 and look through the codices you'll see we have tonnes and tonnes of backstory. Obviously, for Mass Effect 3 it's Shepard's story and this is where Shepard's story finishes, but the future is wide open for what we can possibly do."

    -

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com/334529/bioware-keep-your-mass-effect-3-saves-just-in-case/

    BioWare's Mike Gamble has told GamerZines that players should probably hold onto their Mass Effect 3 save files, because you never know what may come in future.

    "Obviously I can't say anything, but it wouldn't be a bad idea," he said.

    -

    Obviously obviously. The universe they've built is interesting and they should continue doing Mass Effect games but not about Shepard/Shepard's crew. I'd welcome something from the universe that is not a third-person view shooter.

    Avatar image for jetsetwillie
    jetsetwillie

    882

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #2  Edited By jetsetwillie

    i hope its not a third-person shooter too. i hope its got elves and sword and stuff like that so its a proper RPG like what its supposed to be and stuff

    Avatar image for doctorchimp
    Doctorchimp

    4190

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #3  Edited By Doctorchimp

    Why would your mind go to prequel or what happens to Shepard's crew?

    There's a galaxy man...

    A whole goddamn galaxy.

    Avatar image for firepaw
    Firepaw

    3175

    Forum Posts

    203

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #4  Edited By Firepaw

    It wouldn't make sense to use your saves for a prequel since the saves describe what you do in the future and so it wouldn't matter.

    Now a game in the universe where you play as someone else than Shepard that takes place after Mass Effect 3 could use the save data to shape how some of the world would be like / look.

    Avatar image for joey_ravn
    JoeyRavn

    5290

    Forum Posts

    792

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 3

    #5  Edited By JoeyRavn

    @Village_Guy said:

    It wouldn't make sense to use your saves for a prequel since the saves describe what you do in the future and so it wouldn't matter.

    Now a game in the universe where you play as someone else than Shepard that takes place after Mass Effect 3 could use the save data to shape how some of the world would be like / look.

    Which is what they (mostly) did with Dragon Age II, so I wouldn't be surprised if they did it again.

    Avatar image for phatseejay
    PhatSeeJay

    3331

    Forum Posts

    9727

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 5

    User Lists: 17

    #6  Edited By PhatSeeJay

    There will probably be quite a lot of conflicts even after the Reapers are defeated (?) and the galaxy tries to rebuild what was destroyed, so a save would definitely add a lot of depth to a new series featuring someone else than Shepard.

    Avatar image for jimbo
    Jimbo

    10472

    Forum Posts

    2

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 3

    #7  Edited By Jimbo

    New IP plz, Bioware. Historical fiction setting.

    Avatar image for sungahymn
    sungahymn

    1192

    Forum Posts

    65

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #8  Edited By sungahymn

    Uh...right.

    Avatar image for deathstriker666
    deathstriker666

    1349

    Forum Posts

    19

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #9  Edited By deathstriker666

    No, I bet it's just going to be some extra armor or some different guns for the next Mass Effect game after 3. Personally, I hope for a spin-off from the series where you play as a Krogan merc. By that I mean I want to play as Wrex. Maybe with some open-world elements. Eh, one can only hope.

    Avatar image for taliciadragonsong
    TaliciaDragonsong

    8734

    Forum Posts

    2

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 8

    Trading Card Based Team Turn Based Kart Racer.
     
    Dibs on Wrex.

    Avatar image for haltiamreptar
    HaltIamReptar

    2038

    Forum Posts

    7

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #11  Edited By HaltIamReptar

    @TaliciaDragonsong said:

    Trading Card Based Team Turn Based Kart Racer. Dibs on Wrex.

    You forgot to mention that it's class based.

    Avatar image for taliciadragonsong
    TaliciaDragonsong

    8734

    Forum Posts

    2

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 8

    @HaltIamReptar said:

    @TaliciaDragonsong said:

    Trading Card Based Team Turn Based Kart Racer. Dibs on Wrex.

    You forgot to mention that it's class based.

    It won't be until the first expansion ( also known as overpriced crap DLC).
    Avatar image for deactivated-5e49e9175da37
    deactivated-5e49e9175da37

    10812

    Forum Posts

    782

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 14

    @HaltIamReptar said:

    @TaliciaDragonsong said:

    Trading Card Based Team Turn Based Kart Racer. Dibs on Wrex.

    You forgot to mention that it's class based.

    And it all takes place in a multiplayer online battle arena.

    Avatar image for chop
    Chop

    2013

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #14  Edited By Chop

    Makes sense. It would be completely insane for them to abandon the universe after 3; I'm sure we'll be playing many more Mass Effect games in the future.

    Avatar image for taliciadragonsong
    TaliciaDragonsong

    8734

    Forum Posts

    2

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 8

    @Brodehouse said:

    @HaltIamReptar said:

    @TaliciaDragonsong said:

    Trading Card Based Team Turn Based Kart Racer. Dibs on Wrex.

    You forgot to mention that it's class based.

    And it all takes place in a multiplayer online battle arena.

    Which is purchased seperatly like a Skylanders thingie.
    Avatar image for mooseymcman
    MooseyMcMan

    12749

    Forum Posts

    5545

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 12

    #16  Edited By MooseyMcMan

    @Village_Guy said:

    It wouldn't make sense to use your saves for a prequel since the saves describe what you do in the future and so it wouldn't matter.

    Now a game in the universe where you play as someone else than Shepard that takes place after Mass Effect 3 could use the save data to shape how some of the world would be like / look.

    No, they could do something that had young Shepard show up momentarily, and even something as simple as checking what your Shepard's gender was would improve on that. I may just use default male Shepard, but lots of people don't, and would probably be upset over them just using default male Shepard.

    Of course, that's a pretty minor use, and really it could be a save from any of the ME games, and it'd just be easier to not have a young Shepard cameo in the first place.

    Or maybe it'd be a side story. I wouldn't mind playing a game about something like what Garrus did between ME1 and ME2, or maybe a game about other Specters during the events of the game. Prequel is an ill-defined word. But a post ME3 game would probably be the most interesting story wise.

    Avatar image for dabe
    dabe

    302

    Forum Posts

    707

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #17  Edited By dabe

    I love how when initially developing the first Mass Effect they had a trilogy in mind. Success + EA = more sequels/prequels/spin-offs/onine multiplayer. I'm out after ME3.

    Avatar image for mideonnviscera
    MideonNViscera

    2269

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #18  Edited By MideonNViscera

    Bring it on. When something's as awesome as ME, it takes a hell of a lot more than 3 games over 5 years to over do it.

    Avatar image for aspaceinvader
    aspaceinvader

    262

    Forum Posts

    24

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #19  Edited By aspaceinvader

    This could go back to the protheans in me4

    Avatar image for tim_the_corsair
    tim_the_corsair

    3053

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #20  Edited By tim_the_corsair

    I'm expecting a FPS or actual linear 3PS where you play as Vega or something, to be honest.

    I'm sure there'll be other RPGs, but EA will be thinking 'brand' and there's cheaper ways to make money.

    ...not that I'm necessarily against that, as a story-driven FPS set in that universe could be quite cool, and it's not like there's a tonne of quality sci-fi FPSes at the moment.

    Avatar image for justin258
    Justin258

    16519

    Forum Posts

    26

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 11

    User Lists: 8

    #21  Edited By Justin258

    It's going to be a turn-based anime-styled spinoff. Think Final Fantasy in the Mass Effect universe.

    I just made a whole lot of Bioware fans cringe.

    Avatar image for thebatmobile
    thebatmobile

    995

    Forum Posts

    330

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #22  Edited By thebatmobile

    @Jimbo said:

    New IP plz, Bioware. Historical fiction setting.

    This please.

    Avatar image for emem
    emem

    2063

    Forum Posts

    13

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 6

    #23  Edited By emem
    @MooseyMcMan said: I wouldn't mind playing a game about something like what Garrus did between ME1 and ME2, or maybe a game about other Specters during the events of the game. Prequel is an ill-defined word. But a post ME3 game would probably be the most interesting story wise.
     
    Yeah, that sounds great, I kinda want to play through the origin story of every single crewmate. When I think about it, I would actually prefer playing the story of Jack Harper aka The Illusive Man before ME1. Maybe starting even before the discovery of alien life, showing him as a family man (basically showing the beginning of it all) and how he built Cerberus? I know there is that comic and I'm probably the only one who would want to play through a story that is already known, but I don't care! Hehe.
    Avatar image for deactivated-5e49e9175da37
    deactivated-5e49e9175da37

    10812

    Forum Posts

    782

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 14

    You guys, if they make a prequel it's going to the be First Contact War. And it'll probably be released alongside the movie (which was said to be about the First Contact War).

    Avatar image for thehumandove
    TheHumanDove

    2520

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #25  Edited By TheHumanDove

    I hope this isn't true. I love mass effect. But come onnnnnnn

    Avatar image for ajamafalous
    ajamafalous

    13992

    Forum Posts

    905

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 9

    #26  Edited By ajamafalous
    @Village_Guy said:

    It wouldn't make sense to use your saves for a prequel since the saves describe what you do in the future and so it wouldn't matter.

    Now a game in the universe where you play as someone else than Shepard that takes place after Mass Effect 3 could use the save data to shape how some of the world would be like / look.

    Yep, this.
    Avatar image for turambar
    Turambar

    8283

    Forum Posts

    114

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #27  Edited By Turambar
    @Village_Guy said:

    It wouldn't make sense to use your saves for a prequel since the saves describe what you do in the future and so it wouldn't matter.

    Just like the way it is right now!  Heyooooo~
     
    On a more serious note though regardless of what time period the next potential ME game is, less focus on gun play please.  Seriously.
    Avatar image for burns09
    Burns09

    349

    Forum Posts

    71

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    #28  Edited By Burns09

    It could be set after ME3. The setting could be something like" Without the reapers committing genocide all the galaxy's civilizations have had time to expand and technology is far more advanced than ever before." Basically the galaxy has gone completely fucking bananas without the resetting of the galactic community by the reapers.

    Avatar image for andrewb
    AndrewB

    7816

    Forum Posts

    82

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 16

    #29  Edited By AndrewB

    I'm still waiting on my Baldur's Gate --> Neverwinter Nights save game import...

    I'm fine with whatever they do with Mass Effect after 3, so long as they make it good and don't turn it into some Modern Warfare kind of cash-in stuff. The second I get that vibe, I'm out. But I love the universe and the fiction. They have plenty to draw on from making it a prequel or a sequel (sans Shepard), including multiple books to do something Halo: Reach style.

    Avatar image for napalm
    napalm

    9227

    Forum Posts

    162

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #30  Edited By napalm

    Can we just focus on Mass Effect 3, please?

    Avatar image for alistercat
    alistercat

    8474

    Forum Posts

    7490

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 23

    #31  Edited By alistercat

    I have a question. If I have a save file from Mass Effect 2 and did 3 new game plus but didn't finish it. Will decisions carry over or do I have to finish it?

    Avatar image for phatmac
    Phatmac

    5947

    Forum Posts

    1139

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 18

    User Lists: 12

    #33  Edited By Phatmac

    Let's wait until the third game comes out before we start this crazy speculating about a fourth game.

    Avatar image for mezza
    MezZa

    3226

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #34  Edited By MezZa

    Bring it on. I look forward to more adventures in the ME universe. Just don't fuck it up Bioware.

    Avatar image for hailinel
    Hailinel

    25785

    Forum Posts

    219681

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 10

    User Lists: 28

    #35  Edited By Hailinel

    @OtakuGamer said:

    Mass Effect is EA's Star Wars.

    So what you're saying is, Mass Effect 4 will be a prequel in which Shepard is an obnoxious child, and there will be a racing minigame for some reason?

    Avatar image for alkaiser
    Alkaiser

    394

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #36  Edited By Alkaiser

    @believer258 said:

    It's going to be a turn-based anime-styled spinoff. Think Final Fantasy in the Mass Effect universe.

    I just made a whole lot of Bioware fans cringe.

    Why does it have to be anime-styled to be turn-based? Why can't we just have an awesome sci-fi RPG/Strategy game, real time or turn based, without including a whole bunch of off-putting crapity crap? I mean, thats pretty much what SMT: Strange Journey did, and it was awesome! Mass Effect could do a small spinoff game (possibly downloadable) that experiments with a different gameplay style while exploring a different part of the story.

    Avatar image for justin258
    Justin258

    16519

    Forum Posts

    26

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 11

    User Lists: 8

    #38  Edited By Justin258

    @Alkaiser said:

    @believer258 said:

    It's going to be a turn-based anime-styled spinoff. Think Final Fantasy in the Mass Effect universe.

    I just made a whole lot of Bioware fans cringe.

    Why does it have to be anime-styled to be turn-based? Why can't we just have an awesome sci-fi RPG/Strategy game, real time or turn based, without including a whole bunch of off-putting crapity crap? I mean, thats pretty much what SMT: Strange Journey did, and it was awesome! Mass Effect could do a small spinoff game (possibly downloadable) that experiments with a different gameplay style while exploring a different part of the story.

    What I was saying was a joke. As in, not serious at all. I was going for absurdity, and a Mass Effect game which is rendered to look like anime and uses a turn-based battle system a la 16-bit JRPG's is an absurdly far cry from the RPG/Gears of War mix-up the third one is shaping up to be.

    Meanwhile, "turn-based" and "JRPG" almost go hand in hand, though there probably are some turn-based Western RPG's that I don't know of.

    Avatar image for alkaiser
    Alkaiser

    394

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #39  Edited By Alkaiser

    @believer258 said:

    @Alkaiser said:

    @believer258 said:

    It's going to be a turn-based anime-styled spinoff. Think Final Fantasy in the Mass Effect universe.

    I just made a whole lot of Bioware fans cringe.

    Why does it have to be anime-styled to be turn-based? Why can't we just have an awesome sci-fi RPG/Strategy game, real time or turn based, without including a whole bunch of off-putting crapity crap? I mean, thats pretty much what SMT: Strange Journey did, and it was awesome! Mass Effect could do a small spinoff game (possibly downloadable) that experiments with a different gameplay style while exploring a different part of the story.

    What I was saying was a joke. As in, not serious at all. I was going for absurdity, and a Mass Effect game which is rendered to look like anime and uses a turn-based battle system a la 16-bit JRPG's is an absurdly far cry from the RPG/Gears of War mix-up the third one is shaping up to be.

    Meanwhile, "turn-based" and "JRPG" almost go hand in hand, though there probably are some turn-based Western RPG's that I don't know of.

    Uh, I assumed you were saying that tounge-in-cheek. I wasn't trying to take a shot at you or anything, I just wanted to use it as a jumping off point for something that kinda bothers me with genres I like. For example, I really like the combat of say a Tales of Symphonia/Eternia/whateveria game but don't give a damn about anything else the game has to offer. Meanwhile, I don't really like shooters but Mass Effect is totally rad from an aesthetics standpoint. I'm just dying for someone to experiment and merge the good parts of both.

    I think what I'm getting at is that I want a new Final Fantasy Tactics made by Bioware.

    Avatar image for justin258
    Justin258

    16519

    Forum Posts

    26

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 11

    User Lists: 8

    #41  Edited By Justin258

    @Alkaiser said:

    @believer258 said:

    @Alkaiser said:

    @believer258 said:

    It's going to be a turn-based anime-styled spinoff. Think Final Fantasy in the Mass Effect universe.

    I just made a whole lot of Bioware fans cringe.

    Why does it have to be anime-styled to be turn-based? Why can't we just have an awesome sci-fi RPG/Strategy game, real time or turn based, without including a whole bunch of off-putting crapity crap? I mean, thats pretty much what SMT: Strange Journey did, and it was awesome! Mass Effect could do a small spinoff game (possibly downloadable) that experiments with a different gameplay style while exploring a different part of the story.

    What I was saying was a joke. As in, not serious at all. I was going for absurdity, and a Mass Effect game which is rendered to look like anime and uses a turn-based battle system a la 16-bit JRPG's is an absurdly far cry from the RPG/Gears of War mix-up the third one is shaping up to be.

    Meanwhile, "turn-based" and "JRPG" almost go hand in hand, though there probably are some turn-based Western RPG's that I don't know of.

    Uh, I assumed you were saying that tounge-in-cheek. I wasn't trying to take a shot at you or anything, I just wanted to use it as a jumping off point for something that kinda bothers me with genres I like. For example, I really like the combat of say a Tales of Symphonia/Eternia/whateveria game but don't give a damn about anything else the game has to offer. Meanwhile, I don't really like shooters but Mass Effect is totally rad from an aesthetics standpoint. I'm just dying for someone to experiment and merge the good parts of both.

    I think what I'm getting at is that I want a new Final Fantasy Tactics made by Bioware.

    Ooops. My mistake.

    Anyway, I guess I'm the opposite. I want an anime aesthetic with Western gameplay. It also must be devoid of annoying team pets.

    Avatar image for ckeats
    ckeats

    496

    Forum Posts

    136

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #42  Edited By ckeats

    A RTS based in the First Contact War. Humans and Turians. Your save unlocks a special hero uint of Sheppard.

    Avatar image for shagge
    ShaggE

    9559

    Forum Posts

    15

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #43  Edited By ShaggE

    M4ss Effect.

    I swear, I have to do all the work around here...

    Avatar image for freakache
    FreakAche

    3102

    Forum Posts

    114

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 8

    #44  Edited By FreakAche

    My Magical Elcor Adventure

    Avatar image for kazona
    Kazona

    3399

    Forum Posts

    5507

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 3

    User Lists: 6

    #45  Edited By Kazona

    @TaliciaDragonsong said:

    Trading Card Based Team Turn Based Kart Racer. Dibs on Wrex.

    I hate trading cards. I hate teams. I hate kart racers. But I LOOOOOOOOOVE Wrex.

    ....Ok I'm in.

    This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.