BioWare Developer Warns Against Calling Next Game “Mass Effect 4”

Does the idea of Mass Effect 4 tickle your nerd fancy in a way only an epic space RPG can? Well, BioWare’s Community Manager Chris Priestly has a warning for you: Don’t call it Mass Effect 4 and expect it to build on the previous games, because doing so will leave you sorely disappointed.

Read his full quote below:

“To call the next game Mass Effect 4 or ME4 is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here. We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying ‘well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending’. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda. Wherever, whenever, whoever, etc will all be revealed years down the road when we actually start talking about it.

“I do not call the game ME4 when I talk about it ever, because [sic] that makes people think of it more as ‘what happens after Mass Effect 3’ rather than ‘what game happens next set in the Mass Effect Universe’, which is far more accurate at this point. Obviously fans are going to speculate content, character and story until we actually reveal details in the years or months to come as you have almost no actual details, just don’t get bogged down in ‘well how are they going to continue ME3…’.”

BioWare Montreal Chief Yanick Roy echoed Priestly’s words, adding in the fact that, while the choices you made in the original trilogy might be referenced, they won’t directly shape the story or universe of the next Mass Effect game in quite the same way.

The next game in the Mass Effect series is still in its early stages of development over at BioWare Edmonton, the studio behind the side quest content of Mass Effect 2 and 3 as well as 3’s multiplayer.

Keep it locked here for more information about Mass Effect 4…I mean, the next Mass Effect game.

(Thanks IGN)