BioWare claims it hasn't made a decision on Mass Effect's future beyond the third title's release in March, but it says it wouldn't be short of ideas if it does opt to create a follow-up.
Asked what's next for Mass Effect, BioWare Edmonton producer Michael Gamble told us: "We've spent a lot of time building the IP and building this amazing world.
"We don't have anything to announce, and ME3 is the end of Shepard's story of course, but who knows? We may tell additional stories in the future."
On the same subject, he also told out friends at OXM that a Mass Effect prequel was a possibility.
"Without going down any specific path, you can think of many, many different areas throughout the IP, throughout the history, where there are large wars to be won, battles to be had, and a lot of development to be done around where these races came from, how they came about.
"We have so much to draw from. We haven't made a decision about whether we'll do anything in the future, but if we were to do something, we just have a lot of information to choose from.
"If you boot up Mass Effect 3 and look through the codices you'll see we have tonnes and tonnes of backstory," he added. "The future is wide open for what we can possibly do."
You can check out our impressions of the first two hours of BioWare's upcoming game in this Mass Effect 3 preview published yesterday.