Bioware Confidence Rocked as Producer Asks Fans if Mass Effect 4 Should Be a Prequel

Deeper community interaction after Mass Effect 3 debacle.

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Bioware Confidence Rocked as Producer Asks Fans if Mass Effect 4 Should Be a Prequel
Bioware's probably had enough of all the complaining from Mass Effect fans over the ending of Commander Shepard's space-age trilogy. So, when it comes to developing Mass Effect 4 - post-Muzyka and Zeschuk - the Canadian studio is doing things differently. Namely, they're going to ask the fans exactly what they want.

Executive producer Casey Hudson has taken a step towards the Mass Effect community and asked them if they think the next game in the series should be a prequel or a sequel. He did this, as everyone does now, via the medium of Twitter.

"Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game," reads the tweet, posted last night. "Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?"

Hudson has a bit of a thing for community interaction when it comes to the development of Mass Effect 4, having already asked his Twitter followers what they would like to see in the game earlier this month. Not to be ungrateful, or anything, but shouldn't that be Bioware's job?

Perhaps one of the greatest things about the Mass Effect series was that it was a huge, sprawling universe created by a talented group of writers who had the confidence to tell their own unique story. Community interaction on this level dilutes this strong auteur approach, and somewhat shows a lack of confidence to boot.

Let's hope that Bioware is still brave enough to tell its own story post Mass Effect 3.


Ilfana 20 Nov 2012 10:19
I don't think it's a case of Bioware losing confidence, more trying to get fans opinions of what they'd like in the game before they start to make it. That's pretty much what Bioware is about, taking fan's ideas and passions and making them a reality.

If you're not out to please your fans then you won't really get far, cause let's face it, without the fans companies wouldn't exist!
Shane K. Firth 20 Nov 2012 10:43
This isn't out of character for Bioware, even if they don't always stick to what the fans say en masse, they do pay attention to, and ask for, consumer feedback. Usuaully in the form of the Bioware Social Network or a survey, but Twitter has become an amazing medium for the devs to communicate with the fans directly.
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