Although we are getting a fair amount of DLC still in development, Shepard’s fight in the Mass Effect universe has now been concluded for just about a year. By now, we all know that Casey Hudson, executive producer that helped pen the entire Mass Effect trilogy, is looking at what fans want for the series. The idea of a prequel has been tossed around ever since the trilogy itself ended, but today Casey Hudson straight up asked fans if the would prefer a prequel or post-trilogy Mass Effect title.
Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) November 19, 2012
The problem with a post-trilogy title is taking into consideration the fact that players were given a choice in the endings for Mass Effect 3. This is the downside with the decision making games – it is almost impossible to keep writing as even starting scenarios are dependent of the results of thousands of older choices. With that in mind, a prequel seems like a much more viable choice for Hudson and his team.
A prequel has great potential because detailing massive events like the First Contact War, wherein humanity first ran across other intelligent life. Due to a hostile Turian reaction of the misintrepeted actions of the humans, their first contact resulted in the Turian fleet completely destroying several explorers. A hostile war then broke out between humans and the Turian armada, nearly ending with the Turians sending their entire fleet before the council intervened. This is a great point of the game’s history where humans are heavily involved and Shepard would not be a factor – though his parents could be.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Mass Effect 4 will take place before the events in the trilogy, but Hudson is certainly taking the arguments of the fans to heart.