Mass Effect to continue after trilogy ends

Mass Effect as a series will live on well past the RPG trilogy.

Bioware co-founder Greg Zeschuk has confirmed that the developer’s hit sci-fi franchise Mass Effect will live on after the epic role-playing game trilogy ends with Mass Effect 3.

Zeschuk stated that the Mass Effect series is a "valuable universe" and that the end of the trilogy does not mean the end for the property itself.

"We’re actually going to continue to use it for stuff and we’re going to continue to make games there," he said. "Believe me; we have our work cut out for us for the next little while getting Mass Effect 3 done after this. Don’t worry if you love Mass Effect, there will be more Mass Effect in the future."

Whether this meant that the franchise would continue on with more RPGs, switch up genres with future games, or go mobile and handheld Zeschuk would not confirm. He did instead state that Mass Effect 3 is currently in its planning stages and will continue the persistent save system being used in Mass Effect 2.

"I think we can actually extend that quite effectively to [Mass Effect 3], the key thing being that that save game concept will work in 3 as well where we can take the save games from one to two, two to three," said Zeschuk.

"Even to the point where some of the decisions you made in 1 you’ll see the result in 3," he continued. "It’s actually interestingly impactful in that folks who have stuck with the franchise the entire time; there will be stuff that you will feel is yours that you’ve created in that third iteration."

As for the upcoming Mass Effect 2, Zeschuk went on to say that the game is "definitely bigger than [the first Mass Effect], probably about one and a half times [the length], maybe a little more."

Mass Effect 2 releases next Tuesday, January 26.

[Kotaku Radio Podcast]


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