Mass Effect 5: BioWare Store Implies Shepard’s Return (Then Removes Reference) – IGN


The BioWare store listed and quickly removed a product description that implies the original Mass Effect protagonist, Commander Shepard, will return in the next game.

As reported by Video Games Chronicle, YouTube user MrHulthen noticed a plot synopsis in the description of a Mass Effect 5 poster, which indicates that Shepard would return.

Although it was quickly deleted, the description originally read: “The show goes on. Shepard’s final quest may have ended the Reaper threat, but at great cost, including Earth it “As Shepard and the survivors have to pick up the pieces, fans are wondering what’s next.”

The mention of Shepard was omitted later as the description was changed to: “The threat of the Reapers may have been ended, but at great cost, including Earth itself.” As the survivors have to pick up the pieces, fans wonder what’s next. .”

It is unclear whether the original text was an inadvertent misinformation or a simple error by someone outside the development team. The merchandise has already been implicated in accidental leaks, but it is also possible that someone without in-depth knowledge wrote the description. We have contacted BioWare for comment.

Spoilers for the original Mass Effect trilogy will follow.

This poster for the new Mass Effect game apparently includes five surprises (Credit: BioWare)

What makes Shepard’s depiction and potential return particularly interesting is the fact that in seven of Mass Effect 3’s eight potential endings, they die.

Most players would see Shepard sacrificing himself to stop enemy Reapers, with only one ending, and a convoluted ending, resulting in life.

That being said, while nothing is official, fans have speculated based on the events of Mass Effect: Andromeda and the new Mass Effect trailer that the ending where Shepard lives is in fact true canon.

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The poster itself (above) was revealed in November last year and BioWare chief executive Gary McKay said it included “at least five surprises”, although it is quite difficult to identify any of the four characters as Shepard from this distance.

BioWare said next to nothing else about the new Mass Effect game after it was revealed in December 2020, although we do know that several members of the original trilogy are working on the new installment.

IGN loved the first three games, saying Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 were all amazing. While the fourth installment, Mass Effect: Andromeda, went down a bit, IGN still said it was good.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who sometimes remembers tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.


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