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BioWare Asks: Next Mass Effect - Sequel or Prequel?

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What part of the Mass Effect lore would you want to see more of? The past or the future?

After drawing fire for Mass Effect 3's conclusion, BioWare seems to be treading with a little more care by gauging fan responses.

"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?" asked Mass Effect Executive Producer Casey Hudson in a tweet.

Following either route would make for an interesting narrative. No doubt, developing a prequel would be the easier course for BioWare, considering that it has plenty of Mass Effect history already developed through the games and all the transmedia tied into the games. The only challenge would be to craft a narrative that manages to tie into the trilogy without bringing up any conflicting material.

Considering the drama of Mass Effect 3's ending though, BioWare doesn't seem to be the type to tell the easy story.

Making the next Mass Effect game a sequel would possibly force the developer's hand in making one of the many Mass Effect 3 endings canon, though avoiding a mention of the direct ending isn't wildly unimaginable. It would definitely make for an interesting story, especially since it would show how the universe dealt with the world post-Reapers and Reaper technology. The plot of the original three was largely driven by the over-arching threat of the Reapers, and the BioWare writers will have the freedom (and challenge) of writing in some sort of new problem that the universe must deal with to drive the plot of the game.

So what will it be, prequel or sequel? It's altogether possible that BioWare has enough fiction to develop both.

 

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    darkavenger123 , November 23, 2012 11:10 PM
    I want sequels. Hate prequels. Don't want to know anything that already happened.
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    vitornob , November 23, 2012 11:13 PM
    Sequel OMG
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    omnimodis78 , November 23, 2012 11:12 PM
    Sequel! Hands down. Prequels always mess things up, they always come off forced. There's always a shadow over the characters and story. No matter how it's written, twisted or re-arranged, the fact is that it has to all come together in the end to form the predefined story of the existing Mass Effect trilogy. A sequel has to respect the lore, but it can go anywhere from the point where it breaks away from the original. No shadows...
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  • 24 Hide
    darkavenger123 , November 23, 2012 11:10 PM
    I want sequels. Hate prequels. Don't want to know anything that already happened.
  • 22 Hide
    omnimodis78 , November 23, 2012 11:12 PM
    Sequel! Hands down. Prequels always mess things up, they always come off forced. There's always a shadow over the characters and story. No matter how it's written, twisted or re-arranged, the fact is that it has to all come together in the end to form the predefined story of the existing Mass Effect trilogy. A sequel has to respect the lore, but it can go anywhere from the point where it breaks away from the original. No shadows...
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    vitornob , November 23, 2012 11:13 PM
    Sequel OMG
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    sp0nger , November 23, 2012 11:19 PM
    I actually wouldnt mind a prequel

    it would be cool it import my ME character and depending on the history i selected for shepard in ME1 the prequel could play out differently to reach the start of ME1
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    balister , November 23, 2012 11:23 PM
    I can think of one prequel that would be fairly cool, being put in Anderson's shoes when he was being looked at as a Spectre canidate so we could get a little more story in on Saren. Given, you wouldn't be able to play a female, but playing as a young Anderson, even though we know how it ends up, would be interesting. We could learn more about Anderson and see how his Spectre canidancy shaped him to what he would become in the ME trilogy.
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    bustapr , November 23, 2012 11:25 PM
    future. the events in ME3(depending on some choices) could definitely come to bite civilization in the ass. Krogans restarting their rebellion would be a good plot. if it were a prequel, Id be interested in seeing the whole battle of when krogans were neutered. but definitely best to see a sequel.
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    nameon , November 23, 2012 11:26 PM
    Lol, bioware already messed up by allowing the possible death of the whole crew in ME2, anyways prequel should be the way to go, would be cool to not play human for once, maybe get into the boots of a turian during the rachnii wars and krogan rebellion, would be interesting to see how the turian culture is, got only a glimpse of it in ME3...

    and you guys saying prequels are bad..., I take it you didn't play halo: reach....
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    boju , November 23, 2012 11:27 PM
    This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the prequel pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

    You take the Sequel pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
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    casualcolors , November 23, 2012 11:29 PM
    Well, here we go. Bioware started caving to player-agency in a single player story-driven rpg, and apparently now that's going to be a trend for them. Which, largely defeats the purpose of playing a single player story-driven rpg. In before they standardize multiple ending DLC and you pay for which ending you want to see. Nevermind canon.
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    mt2e , November 23, 2012 11:34 PM
    SEQUAL.....HATE PREQUALS
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    killerclick , November 23, 2012 11:39 PM
    Prequel, and in one of the previous cycles.
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    ddpruitt , November 23, 2012 11:41 PM
    Bad idea. You never do story by commitee. That's how you end up with a crap story. EA/Bioware need to hire a set of good writers to come up with a story that fits within the canon, regardless of what the rest of us think.

    Like JJ Abrams said being a fan boy just makes for a horrible story.
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    aggroboy , November 23, 2012 11:53 PM
    ddpruittLike JJ Abrams said being a fan boy just makes for a horrible story.

    Joss Whedon might disagree.
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2012 11:59 PM
    This is the think considering the dire load we were given at the end of ME3 it would only serve some kind of justice that they make an ammends for sequel and heal the wounds done to the story chain and to litrally make the fans happy. The only way it could go wrong is that the writers keep believing their own poop and write more of the same. I dont want a twisted fate. Shepard is the hero (FEM SHEP FTW) and to take the fate of the players hands to fullfil some trite story line is beyond a slap in the face to all the players, who invested their time and emotional invesment in a large ranging epic story line and then pop goes the balloon in the last five minutes and your left more flacid that after your golden jewels has been raked over hot coals and then feverishly badgered by a pack of rampaging warthogs. Give us a SEQUEL and make the fans happy with a great ending with ME2 or i will put this in the same frame of mind as BSG!
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    alxianthelast , November 24, 2012 12:03 AM
    Because Frostbite 2. Don't care what the game is. Just make it and ensure it isn't a buggy mess. And has co-op in the campaign.
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    ttcboy , November 24, 2012 12:23 AM
    Quote:
    BioWare Asks: Next Mass Effect - Sequel or Prequel?


    NONE !!
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    fuzzion , November 24, 2012 12:31 AM
    Prequel because i could be bothered with the series, but after hearing about frostbite, i got excited.
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    Kami3k , November 24, 2012 1:00 AM
    Like they listen....
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    Anonymous , November 24, 2012 1:20 AM
    I want the Morning War. Playing as Geth and fighting for my freedom from the genocidal quarians XD
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    liquidchild , November 24, 2012 1:34 AM
    How bout you redo 3..... without the horrible ending. That way it will be the best game trilogy ever like it was suppose to be. And then go on to 4 and 5 and 6 and 7... to be honest till the last 10 minutes of 3 you could not of told me ME wasn't the greatest game in history. And I wold of never grown tired of it. I buy systems just to play Zelda, Uncharted, and the GT series(even though the GT5 was a let down) I would of done the same with Xbox had ME not turned into a cash grab for EA.
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