It will interesting to see what they do with the story.
And yes, the series is fantastic. My favourite outside of Half-Life.
The characters/story are fantasic, each game plays a bit differently and in my opinion, each game got better and better mechanics wise. Even though people bitched about ME3 ending, that game was absolutely epic. Exactly what I wanted from the last game.
Good that it isn't an extension of the first three games. It'll make it easier for me not to play this new one. I enjoyed the series, but I'm pretty sure I got my fill with the trilogy. I have no desire to jump into an Assassin's Creed-esque ongoing series with multiple protagonists and stories.
I feel Mass Effect could go on for a very long time. The world is ripe for exploration and the series could go to the past, or to the future and I wouldn't have a problem with it. It's almost on par with Star Wars.
Would you guys prefer a sequel or prequel to the original story?
"The Daemon lied with every breath. It could not help itself but to deceive and dismay, to riddle and ruin. The more we conversed, the closer I drew to one singularly ineluctable fact: I would gain no wisdom here."
I don't know. The time doesn't really matter. They can make a super advancef civilization on the other side of the universe set 1 billion years in the past and make that work fine.
After all, the reapers were a super advanced computer made by something significantly smarter/more developed than any Mass Effect race. I doubt they were the first or only race around at that time. Somewhere, there is something much older, smarter, and more powerful.
Thats kind of what I want. A completely new galaxy. Leave behind Shepard, and give me some new races. Although, I do want to still play as a human, so I'm not sure how they'd make that work.
I'd be down for a new character who accesses a new form of space flight that lets him/her travel to a separate galaxy and explore somewhere completely new. Give it an unknown, Star Trek exploration kind of feel.
Or keep it in the same galaxy and set it a trillion years into the future. I don't care. Just give me more Mass Effect.
I agree. In most cases, a prequel would be kind of boring.
But as Arachnid has said, Mass Effect is in a unique position where they can have "prequel" but it has nothing to do with Sheppard.
Look at KOTOR, I thought it was dumb that they were releasing a Star Wars RPG thousands of years before the first movie. But for me, I actually enjoyed it much more than any other Star Wars media because it was completely new.