Following the surprise announcement that Amazon is currently closing in on a deal to adapt Mass Effect into a series, fans are weighing in on how protagonist Commander Shepard should be implemented.
While many fans of Bioware's sci-fi role-playing game are excited to see the universe realized as a TV show, others are questioning how the story will be told. Many are suggesting that Commander Shepard, the protagonist of the original trilogy, be left out of the show entirely. In the video games, Shepard was the player-character, acting largely as a surrogate character that could be built through decisions and interactions that occurred throughout the story. Many fans believe that including Shepard would "canonize" certain playstyles.
Friendly reminder: Mass Effect has such a wonderful world build and lore. It doesn't stop at Shepard's story. 💖✨— The Wi-Fi Thief | Varric's pal (@sihairikah)November 24, 2021
Reading a lot of people saying they don't want a male Shepard or a Shepard at all because what would make it canon????? Idk how a tv casting would make it canon for the video games. I would assume the tv show lore/universe would be separate from video game lore/universe. https://t.co/J5lbgCzCoj— AelarynSFM🔞 (@AelarynSFM)November 24, 2021
Another major point of contention is which Commander Shepard should lead the series if it does focus on the first Human Spectre. Bioware allows players to select the sex of their Shepard, meaning that Mass Effect has a male and female version of the galaxy-saving hero. While each iteration has a unique voice actor and different default looks, their dialogue and choices are identical.
Based on statistics shared by Bioware regarding the recently released Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, 68% of players elected to play as Male Shepard, while 32% chose Female Shepard (colloquially known as FemShep). Despite the stark difference in numbers, many believe that FemShep delivers are more compelling experience, largely due to the voice acting talents of Jennifer Hale.
I will agree with a lot of people. Please do not use Shepard. Make it a prequel or something. Shepard is very personal to each individual person who plays. Anything you put on screen will be a disappointment. https://t.co/uNkdYSsVGw— Jeremiah McCoy, Wizard of Disdain. (@Technoir)November 24, 2021
If they canonize a Shepard or certain choices, it's going to alienate a majority of the player base. Make it within the universe, but don't do Shepard's story in an RPG all about PLAYER CHOICE.
Also if we get another white man in a lead role, I swear. Enough.— N7 Lexie. 🚀 #B.L.M (@joanlemmesmash)November 24, 2021
I'd kinda hope it's a separate story to the trilogy. Shepard's story is personal to each player, so it'd kinda suck if we were given a 'canon' version of it - give us a new story, with smaller stakes and new characters. (A few cameos could be fun though.) https://t.co/qPjFu6Qlmh— Connor is Away ✈️ (@Scarfulhu)November 23, 2021
Despite the recent announcement of the deal between Amazon and Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts, next to nothing is known about the project. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, The Witcher) has previously teased that he may be involved in the project but it is currently unknown to what capacity.
Mass Effect is widely known as one of the most beloved role-playing franchises of all time. Players step into the role of Commander Shepard, who is tasked with saving the galaxy from an ancient race of hyper-intelligent synthetic-organic beings who wish to wipe out all life in order to start anew. The original saga spanned three games, establishing an expansive universe of unique planets and alien races.
The original Mass Effect trilogy was recently remastered for modern consoles as a part of the Legendary Edition. This updated version of the game includes a host of graphical and mechanical improvements, including overhauled lighting effects, updated combat systems and plenty of smaller gameplay tweaks. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
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