Technically, even though BioWare intends to do more in the Mass Effect universe, the upcoming third installment ends a certain story arch. In other words, it's a trilogy.
And the team is working hard to produce a fantastic ending…even if it makes things more difficult when they start work on another ME title. BioWare creative director Casey Hudson told OXM UK they have a "few ideas" for future adventures, but the primary concern is to go out with a bang in ME3.
"We want to end the trilogy really strongly, and that's the most important thing, and then we have a few ideas for things we can think about doing in the future. But we're okay with making it difficult for ourselves, because the most important thing is giving people a great ending.
We want to do more stuff with Mass Effect, of course, and I'm sure we will. But we're not really thinking about that right now. We want to make sure we give people the best ending to Mass Effect 3 that we can."
From a developmental and storytelling standpoint, you have to appreciate the dilemma: you know you aren't leaving the setting behind forever and yet, you also know you have to end a particular plot arc with a compelling and recognizable protagonist. Leaving that "lifeline" is important but at the same time, you don't want to disappoint those who have been along for the ride since the start…they want a satisfying climax, yes?
I'm no fan of ME but that's just a personal thing; the franchise is fantastic and millions of RPG fans love it to pieces. So we truly hope BioWare makes ME3 an adventure to remember.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3