Shepherd's Mass Effect story is over, but that doesn’t mean that the universe isn’t ripe for picking, and there’s a multitude of stories within the Universe that could make for their own spinoff games.
Hey, remember that other big budget game that came out this year? The one wherein I had a dangerously stalker-level attachment to that one character who dresses in skin-tight clothing and wears a gas-mask? Mass Effect 3 came out months ago already, and despite some issues with the final act, the game was damn good overall. The Reaper threat is finally over, sort of, and it’s time to look to the future, according to executive producer Casey Hudson.
Given Mass Effect 3’s “better with Kinect” marketing push by Microsoft, you’d be forgiven for thinking that EA and Bioware were handed a fat wad of cash to make the Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 3 the definitive one - by including voice-based squad commands and other miscellaneous speech gestures.
Bioware says that Kinect integration “happened almost by accident.” Next he’ll admit that the game’s controversial ending happened by mistake as well!
The uproar around Mass Effect 3’s endings is some of the most vocal internet rage I can recall. Vitriol-fuelled fans are ready to kick puppies - feeling betrayed by a four year journey that, ultimately (for some!), amounted to nothing. In that regard, Bioware must be doing something right, for players to feel so emotionally invested in a series that an ending threatens to sour the whole experience.
Despite the petitions to have the ending changed and the general negative fan reaction, Bioware’s Casey Hudson stands by the game’s polarising ending.
Commander Shepard’s role in the fate of the galaxy will come to a close in just over two months time. While that marks the end of Shepard’s story, it isn’t the end of the Mass Effect series - but that doesn’t mean that Mass Effect 3 won’t have a a conclusive ending. Mass Effect 3’s producer Casey Hudson revealed in a recent interview with OXM that he and his team at Bioware won’t use the game’s ending to set up a sequel, focusing rather on giving Shepard the ending he/she deserves.
Update: For those who weren't completely convinced, this is now 100% confirmed via the Official Xbox Magazine.
Multiplayer is coming to Mass Effect 3. When it comes to one of the most beloved new franchises of this generation, you have to ask yourself… is this a really good or really bad thing? We have seen multiplayer destroy great single player games before.
We have confirmation of the news, a magazine cover image and more after the jump.