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Before we get into it, I'd like to preface this with the sad fact that both of Bioware's co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck have retired from the company.

On the marginally plus side, I won't have to be constantly double-checking my blogs to make sure I got their names right.

Too soon?


To read both of their personally written farewell letters, please go to here blog.bioware.com/2012/09/18/fr… for Ray's, and here blog.bioware.com/2012/09/18/fr… for Greg's

For those of you who would like to pay their respects to the departing minds which have supporting Bioware through the years with their own thank yous and other supportive messages... do not go to the Bioware Social Network. Really, go anywhere but there. The Dragon Age forums are busy talking about Dragon Age 3 and discussing how terribly they are suffering, and the Mass Effect forums are busy talking about Mass Effect 4... and how terribly they are suffering.

Which leads me to the meat of the potatoes:

Mass Effect 4.


Well, to be specific, it was said that they're "planning another full game" set in the vast Mass Effect universe.

So it could be anything from Mass Effect 4 to a pre-Contact aliens-only game, or even cutting to the chase and making a dating sim...

... oh, who am I kidding; they're just making a James Vega game, aren't they?


What we do know that they will be doing is DLC focused on the issue of Omega. And that's what it'll be called; Omega. Coming this fall to a game platform near you!

(Off-topic, Frostbite 2-rendered Morrigan is going to look swingin'. Just saying.)


Sooooo... predictions, anyone? I don't think anyone's surprised at the Omega DLC, but what about (just going with) ME4? Pre or post trilogy? If post, which ending do you think it will be? (Not Refuse, don't be silly.) If pre, which race would you like the protagonist to be?

And of course, the all-encompassing question; how long until romance-threads for ME4 characters are started up?
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TheShepard256 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
My idea for ME4 is based around the original ending: the mass effect making dark matter destabilize the universe and Shepard, their LI and/or their kid(s) have to find some way to stop it. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but here are some of my more specific ideas so far:
1. Conrad Verner in the squad (if he survives, of course)
2. Return of driving the Mako (or a similar vehicle)
3. Having multiple LI's at once
4. Tali being recruited before Garrus
5. New alien species, with at least one in the squad
6. Quarians and/or Geth have a larger part on your side
7. Something to do with Dholen (Haestrom's sun)
8. New enemies that are somewhat similar to the Reapers, but their purpose is to prevent species from using the mass effect
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MsCuddlezBunnie Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I have a idea on how our beloved commander doesn't have to die. If only bioware would think on the consideration. Okay I think this can go for either ending, but mainly for the paragon or synthesis it could possibly work.

So since Shepard seems to be a strong willed and minded being who the catalyst has chosen pretty much. Maybe juuuust maybe there was just enough Shep particles to recreate Shepard on some distant planet where she/he is safe, plus Anders and thane i think would also be able to come back because Shepard would want it that way soooo the very strong person that he/she is could make it happen while being the new catalyst. Right?? (I have it more organized in my head so I hope everyone gets what I'm trying to throw out there..lol)
Renegade ending I believe the catalyst could of just teleport Shep or something out of there before the explosions because there's so much more Shepard has to do in the world. :D

It's a thought!
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ShantyPAPER Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Artist
after blatantly lying about Mass effect 3's multiple endings

"its not like your gonna choose between A,B, and C" said by Casey Hudson

and the disappointing ending debacle.

I can no longer trust Bioware...anymore..it makes me depress that they lied to their fans about the content of the game....

not looking forward to it especially with their DLC's :(

and if they make this a prequel or an MMO ( I hope it does not)

I'll give Bioware a BIG F*** YOU if that happens

for now I'll wait for the review but still disappointing
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Deaththroes Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I'm not going to buy it, so BioWare can suck my big fat white dick.
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theifkingbakura1 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like Mass Effect 4 be about the first contact War leading up to Anderson's story with Saren.
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unacceptablee Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Why not ust continue as Shepard.. i mean Shepard's story needs a better ending.
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Akuma-Mitsurugi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
HERE is the perfect POST Mass Effect 1-3 trilogy Game. PERFECT...you ready? And I'm being serious. We need to address the issue of life after the relays & DARK ENERGY. WHATEVER, WHATEVER you choose; control, synergy, or destroy, the relays were destroyed. So how can that technology be rebuilt, did society, all the brilliant minds even understand fully how they even worked at all. So yes, we need to address a new galactic travel method and also and more seriously DARK ENERGY

We say it in ME 1 and we saw it even more in ME 2 with Tali's recruitment level. Was that dark energy from the reapers? the geth? Nothing confirmed or denied either. There was NO official stand on both. In the games, all reaper influence was seen as red electricity, but dark energy was always purple. But what if, WHAT IF, it was neither the geth or reapers? What if it was someone or something else entirely? What if it was just an explainable phenomenon? What if you played as GARRUS, or lets make it even more interesting, what if you played as SHEPHERDS child?! you heard me, SHEPHERD's CHILD! Trying to set out on your own and walk in your father's (or mother's) footsteps? You join the military, who has a lead on what the cause of the dark energy is and now, being the child of the legendary (or infamous) shepherd, you have to go deal with it.

That puts room for a new antagonist, a new species if you even want to get into it, one that maybe all of the other alien races tried to keep a secret from humanity because it was embarrassing, or seen as reflection of all the other races failures and mistakes of the past that are NOW coming back to haunt them. What if the aliens are the reasons human fetus were exposed to biotic energy in the first place?!

Then in the game you could have older characters like Liara (who would be my shep child's mother) or Garrus, or some of the other non human characters that could live another 30, 40, or 50 years (child has to at least be a young adult) guide and help your character, but not in a combat way, more in a mentoring way. THIS WAY, you keep the old cast and the familiarity, but you get new combat characters to go from, new Love interests, new personalities and new story line.

So yes, there it is.....Mass Effect 4, you are shepherd's child, and you have to figure out what this dark energy is and where it came from.

What do ya'll think?
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Akuma-Mitsurugi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, and whatever your class specialization, that's what your child gets a "boost" in, so say that you are a male shep, you fell in love with liara, then you would be more "vanguard" (i believe that's the soldier/adept combo) biased (i don't like that word in this situation but it's the only one that I can think of for how I want to say, you would lean towards that the most and be better suited for).

What do ya'll think?
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SkyPainter0806 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
What's your source on the news of another ME game? I'd like to see this for myself.

As for what could be the content of the new game if it is true... I doubt it would be a continuation of the original ME trilogy. The endings (I'm glad I can say the plural now) of ME3 are so distinct from each other now that making a continuation would be difficult. Possible if they had enough time, but I feel EA might get their hands dirty again and push the deadline. While another Shepard story would be fantastic, since I would really love to see how my crew is doing, I feel it's a slim chance. Maybe it'll be a prequel, like how Halo went for a while.
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ClareShepard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
If BioWare do a Mass Effect 4, The histori will continue with Shepard? My Shepard "survived", but.... WT*?

Omega DLC?!! Retake omega?? OH THANK THE GODDESS
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Teh-3-Rabid-Fangirls Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fuck james it needs to be a garrus game...know THAT ill play XD
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Ryouba-Blue Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
please bioware goooo forward, no one wants a game with Vega, if Shepard's trilogy is over then it's over get on with it make a new character with a different story and more biotics to throw at bad guys with.
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Celleno Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm excited for Omega and hope they continue doing the squad banter or it will feel very lonely. Not to mention bringing Garrus to Omega is going to be exciting. :la: hmm I feel they might do a prequel for ME4 or it might be interesting to do a backstory on one of the characters. Or you know they should just give Garrus his own game. ;)
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Dagoth11 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What if they let you pick the race? Each their own beginning? Wow, I was hearing DA's menu theme in my head as I typed this.

I say a new trilogy might be made, post the reaper war.
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I like that idea. Personally, I would be a quarian because quarians are fucking awesome
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Hawk1009a Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH NOO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!
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LighterShadeOfGrey72 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the plot should be based around the true creators of the Reapers coming back for revenge, lets say that the 'true' creators (as SOMETHING has to have built that AI in the first place), are an organic race fom the nearby andromda galaxy who created the reapers in an attempt to ensure no other race anywhere would ever develop to a point where their dominance would be challenged. The players gol could be to try andf find a way to stop this ancient and seemingly all powerful extragalactic race from wiping them out In short; The reapers were only ever the vanguard of the 'first race'. This would keep with what Soverign said in ME1 "We are beyond your comprehension, the pinnicle of evolution", this could have been a phrase said by the 'first' race that was channeled through the reaper ship... may have read WAY to much into this but just throwing it outthere.
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IndigoWolfe Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012   Digital Artist
No. No No. Nononononono.

No.
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LighterShadeOfGrey72 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha you seem to disagree somehwhat. What would your suggestion be? (I do not intend for that to sound abrubt or rude in any way :))
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LighterShadeOfGrey72 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it NEEDS to be a sequal if they hope to match the scope of the trilogy. If you took the story go back in time there is no way that any plotline would live up to the potential. Anything from a ME4 set in the past would be forever overshadowed by the events in ME1/2/3. I just hope to god they get it right.
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Rubrik079 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to play as a Quarian......
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
same here bro
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LammiRand99 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
ME4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! I can play something other than ME3 now! And personally, I dont care what they make it about, I will probably buy it! But if I got to choose, I would hope it would before the wars. Like when Shepard is a teen/young adult.
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Kyo-Erurikku Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
please be post mass effect and let my shepeard have a romance with samara
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
How about you choose who you romanced/would like to romance and you play as the child of that romance option and Shepard? what do people think of that? They could go around and take care of baddies with buddies (I wasn't trying to say that exaaaactly that way, it just happened)
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Kyo-Erurikku Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
that could work, i like that idea
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
thanks! now if only somebody influential could read this
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Kyo-Erurikku Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
there is one thing i think they need to redo and that tali's face cuz ive seen really good versions of what tali looks like i think we fans do deserve a cooler looking tali or one that looks actual alien :P

who did you choose for a relationship ?
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I always choose Tali because the quarian race is just beautiful. I have yet to finish ME2 and eventually I wanna play ME3
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Kyo-Erurikku Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
have u seen what theyve done to talis look yet ?
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
ur gonna have to be a bit more specific
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Techta Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ME4? Really? Too soon.

As my favorite MMO passes away (City of Heroes), and ME3 ended with a *fart nosie*, they wanna make a 4th? It's like Bay rebooting Transformers directly after finishing 3 insulting blasphemous movies. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but.. that's so upsetting.

As much as I love the franchise, I want them to just let it go for a way dagnabbit. =(
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tillianCatcher Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
I hear you. I think they should just leave ME to rest and work on a new IP instead, especially since the next generation of consoles is just around the corner; and they should not add more fuel the flame, when the said flame in the question could kill them due to their recklessness.
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Techta Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said well said!
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Brranch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
People who think that it should be about the First Contact War need to remember that only 600+ died on each side. Doesnt sound too fun. I think they should stay away from the already known wars because they'd end up being mainly first-person shooters and not RPG.
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khimerra Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D: there's going to be a Mass Effect 4? And they know there's going to be another game ALREADY??

b-but i haven't gotten around to playing ME3 yet... ;___;
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SpaceRacer55 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel your pain. I haven't even started playing ME2 yet! :nuu:
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I have played ME2 but i wanna buy it and I havent played ME3 yet. The only things that I know for a fact are: I'm gonna romance Tali, be a Paragon as much as I can, and I'm gonna be fucking badass!!
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LadyBolet Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems pretty suspicious that they both quit after ME3 received such negative feedback.
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Sakara-Siluria Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I really REALLY hope they dont do any sort of prequel story. We know what happens, there isnt any way round it..no matter how you play the game the end will always happen as its the past.
It will be the Titanic story all over again.
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Marvelguru Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With a massive universe like Mass Effect. They should set it after the events of three. New characters, allies, and antagonist. For the protagonist I agree you should pick a race. From human, asari, krogan, turian, and quarian. Dealing with the ending you choose: If you picked destroyed you deal with the impending civil war of supporters for synthetics and those against it. and Control with a Shepard Catalyst slowing imposing further actions of the previous Reapers. As for Synthesis I find it should be ignored given its already brainwash of forced unity on a galactic scale.
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Shaleene1 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh the rest are starting to bail out on EA (ex-bioware). I'm probably going to get shit for this but.. .ABOUT F'ing TIME!
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Dibol Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I'll have to agree. ME3 was what broke the camel's back especially with the blatant false advertising. I won't be surprised if Dragon Age 3 flops, and this is coming from someone that's not a remote fan of the Dragon Age franchise.
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Shaleene1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah ME3 could have been good, it had the potential but of course EA wanted it rushed and sent out less then half complete and..... that ending *shudder*. I am a huge fan of DA: origins/awakening. I wanted to cry when I played DA2. It was.......:( EA gets no money from me until they can prove they will allow Bioware to be the company we know they can be again. And I know an ass ton of people who agree with me on that.
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Seeshi-suin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Artist
I'm really hoping they do something about either the First Contact War, or expand on the Quarians and Geth.
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I would be a quarian in this, and I would be peaceful with the Geth because they're not bad at all. They were just trying to protect their race from extinction. If u were a good Shepard, then u made that peace
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Seeshi-suin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Artist
Agreed! I was so happy I was able to make peace in my playthrough. If one of the races had died I would have been so depressed :(
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ManLion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I try to be as much of a Paragon that I can, and sadly Legion dies so that the Geth can be complete :'(
I think that the only person that should be with Tali is Shepard
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Aonon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I could see them making a game starring an Asari commando. Since they live for damn near a thousand years, one Asari could be a veteran of LOADS of different wars. The Rachni Wars, the Krogan Rebellion, the First Contact, all the way up to the Reapers. A storyline spanning a thousand years.. Make the star Aetheta. XD
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QueenyProductions Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Writer
I'd like to see game similar to all three ME's, but with your choice of species and a wider selection of romancable characters. Being human is fun, but what about being a female krogan or male drell? Any a choice of romancable characters gives everyone a chance to be with anyone :)
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