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Mass Effect 4: Things we should and shouldn’t expect

Mass Effect 4: Things we should and shouldn’t expect

It’s not exactly a secret that Mass Effect 4 is currently one of the most anticipated games of the year. The follow-up to Bioware’s highly acclaimed space-faring trilogy has been the subject of rumors for a long, long time now. This is not surprising given the fact that details regarding the upcoming title have been very scarce until now. This article is not about rumors or speculations however. We’re here to take a realistic look at what we know so far and figure out what we should and shouldn’t expect from Mass Effect 4.

First off, we should’t expect the game to be called Mass Effect 4. Yanick Roy, Studio Director for Bioware Montreal has already made it clear that this wont be the name of the fourth installation. Furthermore, he also stated that the game doesn’t have a name yet. It does have a working title, but it was not disclosed yet. Previous leaks suggested that Mass Effect Contact would be its name, however this seems unlikely now. That name would imply that the game would be a prequel revolving around the First Contact War with the Turians. The company confirmed a while ago that the next title in the series will be a sequel however. So far we know that Mass Effect 4 (we’ll keep calling it that until a title is revealed) will be a sequel and does not have a name yet. What else?

Well, we can expect to play a brand new character given that Commander Shepard will not be making an appearance anymore. I think a lot of us would like to maybe have some more choices regarding this new character. Choosing your gender is nice, but choosing your race would be even better. Considering that the Mass Effect universe features a plethora of races (most of them humanoid), its not that far fetched to think that they could be made playable. Dragon Age already allows you to choose your race so why doesn’t Mass Effect? Mainly because the first three games were the story of Commander Shepard. But the fourth one isn’t so let’s hope for the best. Since we’re talking about races, we can most certainly expect to see at least of couple of new additions in the future game. This was confirmed by Bioware, unfortunately no other details were given.

Some other things we can and should expect are same-sex relationships, a brand new cast of characters, the Frostbite 3 engine, next-gen consoles availability, and lots of DLC of course. Things we shouldn’t expect include: lots of cameo appearances, huge differences in gameplay or graphics, and the game to be released this year. The company claimed that Mass Effect 4 is about half done but I don’t expect it to be released in 2014. Leaks coming from industry insiders suggest a Spring 2015 release date, which sounds more or less believable. By comparison, The Witcher 3 will be released in February 2015 and we’ve already seen quite a bit of in-game footage, story details, as well as trailers. On the other hand, we haven’t seen anything regarding Mass Effect 4, except a screenshot that doesn’t reveal a lot to be honest. I’m guessing Bioware doesn’t have anything solid to show us otherwise they wouldn’t have done it already, but I could be wrong.

In any case, Mass Effect 4 or whatever its name is will surely take the stage at E3 2014 so we’ll find out more details then. The Mass Effect trilogy is my favorite series of games so my expectations for the next title are high. Undoubtedly, many other fans also share the same sentiment and we all hope that Bioware can deliver another excellent experience.

  • Nicole Holt

    With so much still in the dark, the idea of them releasing the new game in 2014 seems to be a little too much to ask for. I have also read about 2 new races being added.

  • smash016

    “The company confirmed a while ago that the next title in the series will be a sequel” — You sure about that? When did they say this?

    • hoodaticus

      They’ve said repeatedly that the next game will take place in the ME universe after the time of Commander Shepard. That makes it a sequel.

      • katep99

        which make’s it all the more crazy they are ignoring Shepard while i am fine that she/he does not apper in this new trilogy from what I read and have been told the game will act like 1 2 and 3 never happened as to ignore shepard you have to ignore the way the galaxy was left after the reapers

        • Matthew

          Could not agree more with you! My hopes is that a canon ending will be shown in the next while also finally outright answering the indoctrination question.

          • katep99

            yea lets not even get into the part where you can turn everyone into part machine if you made that choice in 3 how can that be ignored if its in the future they really should have just done one last dlc that gave 3 futures for each so called choice at the end of 3 but guess they are going with the each trilogy being ignored after they happened

            as for 4 and the person we will play I would love a smuggler/criminal that gets thrown into stuff and also to be able to choose your race as I would love to do a runs with the other races

          • Gen.Bloodwolf

            I’d like to see shepard and Arias kid grown up in this one. Also if we can play the game with different races I’d play it 3 times per character. So long as it stays with the ending of ME3.

  • wrathstone

    This article was almost entirely speculation. Which is fine, because we don’t have a lot else to go on. But don’t say the article isn’t about speculation.

  • TerrorK

    We also shouldn’t expect it to be any good after ME3. Nor should we expect anything BioWare says to be the truth considering how many outright lies they told about the original trilogy. Screw rewarding lifetime fans; multiplayer and pandering to the CoD audience for the win!!1

    • Zakun

      Considering that I was a long time fan from the first time I picked up the original… Please stop talking for people like me. I loved Mass Effect 3. Do I wish the ending made a bit more sense? Yes. But I enjoyed everything else about it INCLUDING the co-op. There’s something about crafting a character, and playing as him or her, knowing full well they’re attempting to get some stability back in the galaxy while Shep is doing the truly hard jobs.

      • TerrorK

        Whether it appealed to you or not doesn’t ignore the fact that BioWare and Ea made it more for the CoD fratboy dudebro audience than for the sci-fi RPG geeks the series was originally designed to cater for. Consequences from the previous games were meaningless, it was horribly linear, the writing was atrocious, contrived and lazy and it was barely a roleplaying game at all any more, with player agency and choice almost completely removed to make way for more generic shooter mechanics.

  • Smirking_Revenge

    I’m perfectly fine with just playing as a human. Put more resources (and disc space) into making awesome gameplay with great cinematics rather than compromising disc space just so we can have multiple races to choose from. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to play this game again 8 times with 8 different races.

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