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BioWare discusses potential Mass Effect spin-offs

Javik, Garrus and Aria mentioned as possibilities

A number of BioWare developers have discussed the potential for Mass Effect spin-offs, offering their ideal candidates for any future titles.

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Speaking to OXM, BioWare's Casey Hudson, Mac Walters, Dusty Everman, Mike Gamble and Preston Watamaniuk teased a number of ideas for spin-off games.

"There's so much that could be told in the Mass Effect universe," Hudson said. "It'd be cool to do something completely unrelated to the larger storyline, like a story about a private investigator on the Citadel. Or maybe something detailing Garrus' time in C-Sec."

Everman indicated he's also in favour of a spin-off starring Garrus.

"While being one of Shepard's most loyal friends, Garrus has also had some of the most driven personal goals. He's a hero in his own right, as Archangel and beyond. Who wouldn't want to see the further adventures of the bold, charming Garrus Valkarian (there's a lot of guns out there to calibrate)."

Watamaniuk, however, said "a game centred on brutal Krogan combat with more of a melee focus could be pretty exciting."

Walters, meanwhile, struggled to make his mind up and settle on a favourite: "Aria. The Illusive Man. Kai Leng. Any henchman. The list goes on. I think most of them could have successful spin-offs of their own in some fashion."

Finally, Gamble threw his support behind Javik, a DLC character from Mass Effect 3. "Following the story of Javik a little bit more would be pretty cool. As the last remaining member of a lost race, I think that we could tell a lot of stories about his adventures in the Milky Way, and coming to terms with his place in the new Galaxy."

In March it was revealed that BioWare Edmonton, the studio previously responsible for the Mass Effect series, is working on a brand new IP. Hudson confirmed he will remain as executive producer of the next Mass Effect game, which is in development at BioWare Montreal.

The new Mass Effect, in addition to Dragon Age 3, will be powered by DICE's Frostbite 3 engine.

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