Aug 30, 2011

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Mass Effect 3 Marks Commander Shepard’s Final Appearance

Mass Effect 3 Marks Commander Shepard’s Final Appearance

When it’s released in early 2012, Mass Effect 3 will spell the end of an epic sci-fi trilogy that made its debut on Xbox 360 and has since branched to the PC and PlayStation 3. As the star protagonist, Commander Shepard (whose first name and gender are decided by the player) has struck a chord with many fans and is now a recognizable icon in gaming. Unfortunately, while Mass Effect 3 will wrap up the story its predecessors introduced, it will also mark the end of Commander Shepard’s story. In a Gamescom interview with PC Gamer, Bioware CEO Dr. Ray Mazuka confirmed that Commander Shepard would not reappear in the series after Mass Effect 3. Instead, the game will offer fans a thrilling conclusion to the trilogy and a fitting end to Shepard’s story. Does this mean that the Mass Effect franchise will continue after the third installment, sans Shepard? When asked if ME3 would be the end of the Mass Effect universe, Dr. Mazuka answered:

“Not at all, no. We have ambitious plans to continue this franchise forward. Mass Effect 3 is simultaneously a couple of different things; a thrilling and epic conclusion as we promised our fans we’d provide for Commander Shepard, but it’s also a brand new beginning – it’s an entry point for new fans and it’s also a brand new beginning.”

While it’s said to see an iconic character go, exploring other stories and areas in the Mass Effect universe should be healthy for the franchise and revealing for fans. Dr. Mazuka declined to say what direction the franchise will take after its third installment, but an MMO is unlikely given the scope of Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic.

What do you think of Shepard’s story coming to an end in ME3? What new (or old) territory would you like Bioware to tread for its future Mass Effect games? Sound off in the comments below and stay tuned to Vivid Gamer for more on Mass Effect 3 in the coming months.

[Source: PC Gamer]