BioWare: “There Will Be No More Shepard”
In an interview, from BioWare Montreal, Fabrice Condominas announced that while the Mass Effect universe will continue to breath, Shepard and his experiences will not be taken forward into future games.
“There is one thing we are absolutely sure of – there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over.”
“This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don’t even know what kind of time frame we’re going to be in. All we’re doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.”
“So first, we don’t want to make ‘Shepard 2′, or Mass Effect 4 with like, ‘oh there’s no more Shepard but you’re a soldier in the universe’. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.”
BioWare may not be planning to use Shepard in the future, but right now they are still supporting 2012’s Mass Effect 3 with plenty of downloadable content, including the Retaliation and Groundside Resistance packs.