It was announced last week that a new Mass Effect game is in the works, but BioWare wants your input on whether the game should be a prequel or sequel. Casey Hudson asked fans on twitter “Parsing through your thoughts on the next
#ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?”
This is actually a pretty difficult choice because with a prequel you are somewhat limited to staying in the confines of the already finished trilogy. For instance, I don’t know how exciting it would be watching the rachni war if you already know the outcome. On the flip side if BioWare decides to go the sequel route then you have to figure out how to deal with the multiple endings Mass Effect 3 set up.
Even if BioWare decides that the game should be a sequel to the events that happened in the trilogy they have confirmed that the next Mass Effect game will not be lead by Commander Shepard.
The only other thing we know for sure about the next Mass Effect game is that it will be developed by the BioWare Montreal studio and use the Frostbite engine. Outside of that we know next to nothing about the game, but for me personally I do hope they go the route of a sequel to the franchise. To me at least it seems so much less restricting, you could set it 100-200 years after the events in Mass Effect 3 and you could then have stories and alien races that are not tied to the first three games.
You would still have to deal with the multiple endings cannon, but I think setting the game in the far future might help offset some of the issues with the multiple endings.
What do you think, would you rather the next game be set as a sequel in the far off future or do you think setting the game as a prequel would be more interesting? How would you approach a prequel in the Mass Effect universe would you want it set around the time of first contact or would you like to set it around the events of something like the rachni war?