BioWare producer Fabrice Condominas reveals that Commander Shepard won't be in Mass Effect 4, and explains why the studio wants a new face to represent the continuing franchise.
In a recent interview published yesterday on VG247, BioWare Montreal producer Fabrice Condominas discusses that the studio feels that Commander Shepard has run his course through the series, and that it's time for a new character to take charge as an intergalactic hero in Mass Effect 4.
“There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over.”
In response to a question of what features that gamers can expect from the new chapter of the Mass Effect franchise, Condominas replied:
"So first, we don’t want to make ‘Shepard 2′, or Mass Effect 4 with like, ‘oh there’s no more Shepard but you’re a soldier in the universe’. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.”
“This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don’t even know what kind of time frame we’re going to be in. All we’re doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.”
This may be a let down for all fans of Team Shepard, but it's refreshing to see that BioWare is open to change and realizes that re-hashing popular elements can get old and stale. It's nice to see that the studio is willing to go outside of its comfort zone to bring a new protagonist to the spotlight and continue on with the franchise while keeping the same distinct blend of sci-fi and action.
In the meantime gamers have plenty to keep them busy with the newly released Retaliation multiplayer DLC and the Omega singeplayer DLC coming Nov. 27, 2012. If that's not enough to keep you occupied then be sure to check out the new Operation Bloodlust weekend challenge that's in currently in effect!