Although the next Mass Effect game will be the fourth game in the series, BioWare has made it clear that it won’t be called Mass Effect 4 — and they don’t want anyone to call it that either.
BioWare’s Community Manager Chris Priestly said that since Shepard’s story has come to a close, naming the next game Mass Effect 4 would cause confusion and would be a disservice to the franchise.
“We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game. I see people saying ‘well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending’. No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know. Or yaddayaddayadda.”
While Chris has been cryptic about the content of the next game, BioWare Montreal Boss Yanick Roy clarified that while the next game won’t be a sequel per se, it may still be set after Mass Effect 3.
“Thinking of the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4 would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games. That doesn’t mean that events of the first three games and the choices you made won’t get recognised, but they likely won’t be what this new story will focus on.”
With the team at BioWare set on keeping us distracted from pertinent information, it seems like we’ll just have to wait a few months until they have some solid content to show us.