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28 February 2012 @ 06:36 am
DAY 94: Where Do We Go From Here?  
DAY 94

We're officially ONE WEEK away from Mass Effect 3! Congratulations, everyone, WE'RE ALMOST THERE!

Let's get speculative for a moment. When all is said and done, where do we go from here? What happens to the series? Will there be a Mass Effect 4? A string of novels, comics, or DLC? What happens to the fandom? Will we all fanfic together until the end of time? What will happen to all of our beloved characters, assuming they survive the final fight? Do you have a specific headcanon in mind for what Shepard does after the game?
This is melilchickadee on February 28th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Do I have headcanon for my Shepard, she asks. PFFFT. DO I EVER.

But, seriously, yeah. I've got headcanon for my canon Shepard and Kaidan. It may not ever happen (and I'm fine with them not canonizing anything for Shepard after the final battle because all Shepards are different and do not want the same things), but all I'm asking for is at least a hint that what I want for my Shepard and Kaidan is possible, rather than BioWare handing us the whole "hero disappears never to be heard from again" that seems to be their schtick.

As for the franchise itself? They've said they aren't done with the Mass Effect universe and that they'd love to set more games in it. I wouldn't be surprised if multiplayer were actually their way to test the waters for a Mass Effect MMO.

No matter where they take the franchise, though, there's one thing of which I have deep, abiding, unfailing faith: Liara will be involved heavily with the PC.

And you will love her. You will.

Whether you want to or not.

Edited at 2012-02-28 03:29 pm (UTC)
Steve: Anton Ego (Ratatouille)anton_p_nym on February 28th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
I have a nagging feeling that my Shepards won't be coming out of this one alive... my Paragon/paladin would sacrifice himself without hesitation to rescue even one species from the Reapers, my Ruthless Renagon would die to save Earth, and my Sole-Survivor might fly into the candle of self-sacrifice to finally be rid of all that survivor guilt. It depends upon the choices in the game, though; the opportunity (or necessity) may not arise.

I think there won't be a ME4 per se, given the mutterings from BioWare. I definitely see other games set in Citadel Space, though, just as the ME3 co-op was rumoured to be a separate game. And novels, comics, videos, and other supporting media will almost certainly keep coming out.

-- Steve'd like to be surprised, though, and have one or more of his Shepards live to retire on the Presidium supporting him/herself by making product endorsements and from royalties on that bootleg VI interface.
Alix (Tersa): ME - Citadel1tersa on February 28th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping the rumblings are they'll create a new series set in the Citadel universe. It would keep the fandom alive, at least a little, even if it's not Shepard.

I have no Shepard headcanon for after the game because the game is going to dictate what that will be. I'll figure it out for each Shepard once I'm done playing ME3 with them. :)
Pretty Princess: Daniel Shepard honorjessieheart on February 28th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
I don't trust Bioware enough to let the game dictate what happens to my Shepard after the credits roll.
This is me: Adorable badasslilchickadee on February 28th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Alix (Tersa): ME - Citadel1tersa on February 28th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
'Dictate' was perhaps a poor word choice. It's going to influence though, no doubt: if I like what they do, I'll roll with it, and I don't like what they do, I might make something up I prefer more (much like JKR's HP epilogue :P)

But I'm going to at least keep an open mind about it until I see what that is.
luslanz: mordin >_>luslanz on February 28th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
The saddest part is that there probably won't be another Mass Effect, at least not another using the trilogy's rpg/tps formula now that the doctors are expressing interest in a MMO :/

Not to mention that Shepard's and the Reaper's acts will be really hard to top.

Edited at 2012-02-28 08:07 pm (UTC)
downy_fae: sheparddowny_fae on February 28th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
God, I don't even know what will happen with the fandom. I hope there's still an active community, because Mass Effect has probably been the fandom I've been most involved with since my Harry Potter fanfiction days. I mean -- the characters! The story! Everything! Even though I've only played Mass Effect for a year and a half it has become my favorite video game.

In a way, I hope there are new games for Mass Effect, but... I don't know. I don't want it to become something that releases a game every single year and sacrifices quality for quantity. I'd be fine with more DLC though. :P

As for my main Shep... Assuming she survives the final fight, she's probably going to remain active in the military for a while before settling down. She'll do *something* to benefit the world after the Reapers are obsolete. I'm not sure what it will be though, maybe just training new military recruits in the Alliance, idk. Eventually she'll marry Kaidan and have kids, eventually being the key word. I don't expect that in the end of the game, so I'm fine with that being my headcanon for later.

What I would hate is if BioWare has Shepard mysteriously disappear. You know, like the Warden. And the Champion. jfhfjd. Haha.

Edited at 2012-02-28 10:23 pm (UTC)
seren_bach: Garrus2seren_bach on February 28th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
At this point, I have three possible headcanon endings for my Shepard, but they depend on if/when/how Thane dies or whether she dies. I'm very nervous about the likelyhood of a happy ending for her though.

I would love for prequals in this universe, from the first contact war or even before humans were around at all.

I think the community will still be active after ME3. I still write FFVII fanfic and that game is so old I'm embarrassed to even own a copy. I can't see all the love (or fix-fics) ending any time soon.

Edited at 2012-02-28 11:21 pm (UTC)