Commander Shepard will not return in the next Mass Effect title according to Bioware Montreal producer, Fabrice Condominas. In an interview with VG247, when asked what BioWare’s plans for the future of Mass Effect were, he said: “There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over.”
He went on to further explain his thoughts on what BioWare is aiming to do with the franchise, stating:
“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.”
“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.”
Clearly, a new entry in the Mass Effect series is a long way off – BioWare is still in the planning stages so don’t expect much news for some time. This news does, however, fuel speculation on where the Mass Effect universe could go in the future, and what influence, you as a player, may have on that world.