Mass Effect: Former BioWare writer skeptical about upcoming series

In the future could Commander Shepard Make decisions on your home screen without any action on your part – the popular science fiction video game series Mass Effect namely in all likelihood a Serie obtain. According to the US magazine Deadline, Amazon Prime has made it into its head to invest more in adaptations and the signing of a corresponding agreement is imminent.

But as with everyone Video game adaptation fans also have cause for concern because of news like this. Think, for example, of the cinematic implementations of Resident Evil, especially with the latest film “Welcome to Raccoon City”, one realizes that such adaptations can sometimes go in the pants.

Big responsibility comes with a big franchise

Also the former BioWare author David Gaider, senior writer on the three games in the Dragon Age franchise, who left BioWare in 2016 after 17 years of service, is skeptical. On twitter he voiced his concerns about the likely upcoming Mass Effect series and which ones Problems this brings with it.

“First of all: Mass Effect (buy now 21,26 € /28,49 € ) and Dragon Age have a selectable protagonist. This means that the TV series has to decide whether the protagonist in question is male or female. Boom, the hopes of a number of existing fans were immediately destroyed. “

“Second: These protagonists have been designed in such a way that they have more or less no personality in order to be influenced and guided by the decisions of the players. That will not work in a passive medium. So suddenly we have a protagonist with a personality of his own and a story of its own. It’s going to be strange. “

Personalityless protagonists and too many companions

“You think I’m wrong? Consider how much of the story is dumped on the Companions. It is through them that players get most of their emotional ties and encounters. The protagonists of Dragon Age and Mass Effect are on their own … well, pretty boring. It won’t work easily. “

“And think of those Companions. Remember how much the fanbase is attached to them. Now consider the fact that there will never be a story that pays equal attention to all of them. Think of the angry exclamations when Companion X is Cameo is dealt with or does not show up at all. “

Gaider goes a little further on why he did no solution see in putting the protagonist and companions behind to focus on the story: “The plot of both Mass Effect and Dragon Age served, at best. And I don’t mean that derogatory.” According to Gaider, the story is above all a catalyst for the decisions and interactions of the player. Let’s wait and see if Amazon prime that will succeed if the Mass Effect series should really come.

Those: David Gaider on Twitter

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