Lead writer Marc Walters says this had been decided for a while.
Mass Effect 4 lead writer Mac Walters has confirmed what Bioware has been somewhat teasing ever since the third game released – namely that the game won’t feature Shepard in any form, or even relating to the events that the character experienced. Speaking to Complex, Walters stated that, “Well, I can’t get into details, but the idea is that we have agreed to tell a story that doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever.
“That’s what we’ve been deciding for a while. But throughout it all, one of the key things is that it has to be Mass Effect. It can’t just feel like a spin-off. It has to feel like a Mass Effect game at its heart, at its core. Just without the Shepard character or the Shepard specific companions.”
As for the ending to Mass Effect 3, which bred a ton of controversy at the time, Walters stated that, “It’s been 18-19 months since it came out and my thoughts on it are that we addressed it the best we could in the Extended Cut. We’re obviously not going to be changing anything now. We’re only going forward.
“To be fair, I get people, especially at the conventions, who will say, ‘I loved it. It was heart-wrenching, but I felt it was right for my Shepard.’ And to me, that’s why it was the right path. But because there was no choice, it was going to be right for some people, and for others, in the middle, and other people were obviously very upset about it. In hindsight, I don’t think there was anything we would have changed about that, but it is a really good lesson learned.”
Bioware previously discussed a Mass Effect game with other characters such as Garrus being the protagonist. As of now, it seems that Mass Effect 4 will go with a completely new character. What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know below.