Mass Effect 4 may not be related to any of the Shepard storyline events or its characters in any way “whatsoever”.
According to Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters, the next entry in the Mass Effect series may not relate directly to the existing trilogy.
Mass Effect 4 is currently in development at Bioware Montreal, but details on the game’s plot and storyline have been scarce at best. However, it seems that the game may not feature Shepard or any of his/her crew mates as previously hinted by Bioware.
“That’s what we’ve been deciding for a while. But throughout it all, one of the key things is that it has to be Mass Effect. It can’t just feel like a spin-off. It has to feel like a Mass Effect game at its heart, at its core. Just without the Shepard character or the Shepard specific companions.”
The next Mass Effect game could well be set centuries after the finale events of Mass Effect 3, the ending of which has always been a controversial topic for fans of the series.
“It’s been 18-19 months since it came out and my thoughts on it are that we addressed it the best we could in the extended cut. We’re obviously not going to be changing anything now. We’re only going forward,” said Walters. “In hindsight, I don’t think there was anything we would have changed about that, but it is a really good lesson learned.”
Casey Hudson, the series’ executive producer, has already said Mass Effect 4 will be “something fresh and new” and the Bioware Montreal boys were bragging on Twitter about how “beautiful, fun and ambitious” the game is looking at the latest milestone review point.