The next Mass Effect game will not be ‘Mass Effect 4′, but will likely be set after the events of the trilogy, according to BioWare. The company’s Edmonton studio is currently developing the next game in the franchise, and since its announcement last year, details on the title’s events and setting have been more than scarce.

Community manager Chris Priestly contributed this to the BioWare forum: 

We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying ‘well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending’. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda.”

The studio’s head, Yanick Roy, elaborated on the comments shortly after, insinuating that the game’s events will happen after the adventures of Commander Shepard, but will not necessarily be tied to them. He also made reassurances that the universe would retain its identity: “What makes it Mass Effect is indeed the alien races, the technology, the lore, history, etc. You can safely expect those in the next Mass Effect.

BioWare will be staying tight-lipped on details “for several more months,” Roy said. “I think we’d rather have something solid to show by the time we step in the spotlight.

A multiplayer update and another piece of single-player DLC are on the horizon for Mass Effect 3, leaving fans not without entertainment while we wait for more information on the upcoming game to be released.

Source: Eurogamer