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Old March 19 2011, 11:19 PM   #31
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

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I have faith that if they take their time they could make it work. Emphasis on "take their time"

*glares at Dragon Age 2*
We have at least one BioWare employee posting here, and while I'm sure that he / she / it can't divulge any details, I wish we could get some insight as to how BioWare's operations have changed since the EA purchase. Prior to 2007, the company released a full game every two - three years or so. Since then, we've seen Mass Effect and Sonic Chronicles in 2007/8, Dragon Age: Origins in 2009, Mass Effect 2 and the Awakening expansion for Dragon Age in 2010, and Dragon Age II, The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3 in 2011.

I'm aware that BioWare has multiple studio locations, but ramping out so much product in so little time can't possibly be a good thing. It's like how Tiburon has become little more than a Madden factory.
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Old March 20 2011, 05:06 AM   #32
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Well, if we have BioWare employee working here, hopefully they're reading this thread and mention our concerns to their supervisors
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Old March 21 2011, 07:58 AM   #33
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I wouldn't object to them revisiting the Mass Effect universe eventually, but after ME3 I'd rather see something new from Bioware.
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Old March 23 2011, 04:10 PM   #34
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

I hope that they continue with more RPG's in the same vein as what they've already done. It'd be nice if there was a way to continue the Shepard saga beyond ME3, but it's not likely. I'd hope that they'd stay away from prequels.

I would be in favor of them doing other types of games in the universe. An FPS would be fun, maybe some sort of space fighter game could work too.
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Old March 23 2011, 08:10 PM   #35
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

What I'd like to see in general is more variety in the landscape, but I think this can be attributed to Bioware's games in general rather than the game itself, and what I mean by that is that everything seems to happen on a flat plane, with not much in the way of up or down aside from staircases. I guess that's more in the way of console limitations or what used to be console limitations.
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Old March 24 2011, 03:39 AM   #36
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

Those are good ideas.

I would like to see what happens after the war. Maybe theres a lot of destruction and lawless systems. Your character can buy a ship and recruit a crew. You can choose to be a merc, working legit jobs like transporting goods through dangerous regions, escorting other ships, and a bounty hunter, or you can choose to be a criminal, by stealing and assassinating.

I would like it to be a third person shooter rpg with co-op.
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Old March 24 2011, 06:10 AM   #37
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^ I think co-op would cripple an rpg to be honest. Either the second player would be totally superfluous or they'd mutilate the single player experience to shoehorn it into the game.

I do like the idea of the Firefly-esq format, but they're still need to be a central plot and arcing story. It can't all just be about getting work and choosing between being an "honest" smuggler or a cut-throat pirate. Basically you'd need something to give you a reason the keep playing other that an endless series of sidequests.
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Old March 24 2011, 04:39 PM   #38
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

I'm sure if they went the Firefly route, as I hope they do, they could come up with a pretty good overall plot to go with it. Perhaps a buisness deal went bad and you and your crew got double crossed and now your tracking down those who screwed with you. Or maybe someone you care about has been kidnapped and you are forced into a life of crime in order to free them. Those are just 2 ideas I came up with off the top of my head. God knows what the writers at Bioware could come up with. I'm curious as to what kind of ship you could operate. I'm sure they wouldn't stick you with one of those god awful looking Earth freighters seen in the games so far. Hopfully we would get something with a more interesting, aged and lived in look like Serenity, The Millenium Falcon, or even the vastly underrated Betty from Alien Resurrection.
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Old March 25 2011, 03:04 AM   #39
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

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^ I think co-op would cripple an rpg to be honest. Either the second player would be totally superfluous or they'd mutilate the single player experience to shoehorn it into the game.

I do like the idea of the Firefly-esq format, but they're still need to be a central plot and arcing story. It can't all just be about getting work and choosing between being an "honest" smuggler or a cut-throat pirate. Basically you'd need something to give you a reason the keep playing other that an endless series of sidequests.
Sure the new game will be different with co-op, but that doesn't mean it would be a bad game. Just different. It can also have an central plot with side quests. The main quest can be nuetral with different consequences depending wich side you pick.
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Old March 25 2011, 03:38 AM   #40
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

I'd like to do the Turian War...
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Old March 25 2011, 04:34 AM   #41
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Re: What next for Mass Effect?

But why look back? It's just my opinion, but I would much rather look foward and see what are the ramifications of Shepard's actions in Mass Effect 3. Besides, if they were to do the Turian war, where's the suspense? We already know the outcome.
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Old March 25 2011, 04:54 AM   #42
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And, as I'd already mentioned before, it was hardly a war. It was basically one minor skirmish at a mass relay and then a brief siege at Shanxi. I agree, I'd rather keep moving forward in the ME timeline.
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Old March 25 2011, 12:31 PM   #43
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^The trouble with that is that by all accounts, there's going to be a very wide variety of possible outcomes for ME3, making any sequel when you can import your old saves somewhat untenable. They'd be forced to choose a single 'canon' storyline and move from there, which would be a shame considering how personal the Shepard trilogy can be to the player.

I agree that the First Contact War isn't enough to sustain another trilogy of RPGs, but I think it's plenty for maybe just the one or a straight-up FPS, *if* they were so inclined.

In terms of prequels though, it's hardly the only option, even if the presence of humans is a pre-requisite. There's also the Skillian Blitz and the subsequent counter attack against the Batarians that can be part of the 'War Hero' & 'Ruthless' backgrounds.
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Old March 25 2011, 01:15 PM   #44
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But it's not like Bioware having to choose a canon storyline would be anything new, considering Shepard can die at the end of ME2 and I highly doubt there will be the option to play without him/her in ME3.
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Old March 25 2011, 01:25 PM   #45
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And, as I'd already mentioned before, it was hardly a war. It was basically one minor skirmish at a mass relay and then a brief siege at Shanxi. I agree, I'd rather keep moving forward in the ME timeline.

That's even better...
in that case events can transpire more easily around these short and loose events...
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