Now, I’m not going to really touch a lot of base with Mass Effect 3. Just because I have my opinions about the story, and others have their own. That’s vitally important to how you want to see the game. After the extended ending that had been added, I was greatly appreciative of what the developers had done. Compared to the first ending, of course. Everything was much more clear, and it did show that everything didn’t exactly go to hell.
Regardless, that is not the main point of what I had wanted to focus on. What I really wanted to let out of me, was the possible ideas that Bioware may have for the future. They left a giant, gaping hole in the universe.
By hole, of course, I mean a very adaptive environment that they’re given a wide range of freedom on. I’ve heard it commented before, and I believe it, that Mass Effect is this generation’s Star Wars. I can definitely see that aspect with how massive it all is. How much they can build on the universe, with all the stories and all the content that they’ve placed into it.
Game wise, what can they do? Is it possible that they’ll move forward after Mass Effect 3? I believe that fact to be unlikely. The reason being is that whatever they did that was projected after Mass Effect 3, they’d be saying “screw you!” to a certain sect of people who chose a completely different ending. They may just go with the canonical ending that was depicted by them and move from there. It is possible, but they’d need to either make something bigger than the Reapers, or make a new inter-galactic war. Something that makes the player feel like they’re still at the battle. Still in the big picture, and that their choices are going to shake the galaxy.
Another thing they could possibly touch base on, and this is purely for my entertainment, would be an RTS game. What the RTS game could do, is focus on one of the wars that they had talked about beforehand. Like all of the content they’ve put in the game, they’ve talked about how the galaxy had, at times, been ripping away at itself. Shepard talked to all of these people who still felt the rippled effects of these numerous wars. Some developers may feel that they’re ready to go into a deeper depth with that. I’m also a big fan of the Shogun, Civilization, and Empire at War games; main reason I bring this idea up. I would definitely have a lot of fun with playing an RTS version of Mass Effect. Getting to know all of those fighters, frigates, battleships. I’d be excited to hear about that.
One of the last things they can always do, is of course have Shepard’s team find him alive, if they’re aiming for the canonical ending, and go off on another big adventure. It would be an interesting way to continue the series, but in my hopes is that Shepard’s battles are over. It’s someone else’s turn to take up arms against the next biggest thing in the galaxy.
Those are all just ideas that I had been debating about lately. They’re just a small-scale of things that these developers can do in this massive universe. Seeing how much people have expanded and worked on Star Wars over the past thirty to forty years, I’m really excited to be a part of this generation’s Mass Effect. To be here for it, and to be here for all of it and make a minor difference, is a big thing that I’m looking forward to. It’s going to be a good next few years.
Here’s hoping that there’s more to come in the Mass Effect galaxy.