The Mass Effect 3 ending was one of the most talked about points of the trilogy. Fans of BioWare’s sci-fi series were quick to voice their frustrations with the game’s possible ending choices, calling them ‘disappointing’ and ‘insulting.’ The backlash was so severe that eventually, BioWare released free DLC, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, to address fan complaints.
So it’s understandable then that a big question surrounding upcoming game Mass Effect: Andromeda has been whether or not the game will take into account players’ Mass Effect 3 ending choices. This question has now been answered, with BioWare revealing why Mass Effect: Andromeda won’t mention the ME3 ending.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Ignores Mass Effect 3 Ending
In an interview with Eurogamer, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn explains that “we acknowledged it in the endings of Mass Effect 3 and I think that’s where we want to leave it for now. We want this to be a new story and it would be very hard to say it’s a new story but also that you need to understand how [the past trilogy] ended.”
Flynn also adds that “we’ve done it in such a way that allows all of those decisions you made to remain intact in the canon of the universe, but also allows a new story to begin.”
Meanwhile, BioWare’s creative director Mac Walters says that “it’s important for us to have elements from the Trilogy for fans to have in the background” and that “ultimately this is intended to be a fresh story, but we want to have things for people to find and go ‘oh, I remember that character’.” Walters also mentions a “coalition” of Milky Way races.
Away from the Mass Effect 3 ending talk, Flynn also responds to concerns about the game’s development. The Mass Effect: Andromeda E3 trailer didn’t include much gameplay, which has caused doubts to rise, but Flynn explains that “there’s definitely more stuff we could have shown or talked about, but now we’re shipping next spring, the time to really blast all that out there is after the other games come out.”
The BioWare GM also confirms that “[development] is healthy,” which will be good news for those worried about the recent departures of key Mass Effect: Andromeda developers.
Mass Effect Andromeda will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2017.