Friday, November 26, 2021
With news of a Mass Effect TV series potentially in the works for Amazon Prime Video, former BioWare developers have begun expressing their thoughts on the possibility of transforming the sci-fi series into a show for television. And some are more enthusiastic than others.
First up was former Dragon Age writer David Gaider, who aired his misgivings via Twitter, stating that the notion of Mass Effect being adapted for TV makes him “cringe just a little”.
“Those protagonists are designed to be a bit of a blank slate. One that the player fills out with their decisions,” said Gaider. “That’s not going to work for a passive medium. So, suddenly, the protagonist will have their own personality… and their own *story*. That will be weird.”
Gaider also noted that the game's extensive cast of companion characters could also cause their own issues, assuming they're even given ample enough screen time. “They might toss most of them aside in favor of the PLOT,” he continued. “In my mind, that would be a mistake. Both ME’s and DA’s plots were, at best, serviceable. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way.”
Player agency being such a vital part of Mass Effect is also addressed by Gaider, noting that it was the choices and interactions with companions that defined your journey through the games. “Choice heightened engagement,” he remarked. “Interactivity was the star, not the plot.”
More positive about the possibility of a Mass Effect TV series is writer Drew Karpyshyn, who, along with composer Sam Hulick, offered to help out with the show. "I'm not involved, but I'm looking forward to it!", Karpyshyn exclaimed on Twitter. "Happy to consult if they want my input. ;)”
Hulick extended his own offer of help, stating: “Hmmmm. I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring on this one,” adding in an interaction with Karpyshyn, ""Haha... I love how we both chimed in with interest in being involved :D".
Karpyshyn contributed to writing on the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, while Hulick has composed music for Mass Effect 1-3, as well as some of the games' DLCs. As for the Mass Effect TV show, rumours point to Henry Cavill potentially being involved, although nothing official has come from Amazon as yet.
While you're waiting to hear more, you can read our Mass Effect Legendary Edition review here.
I'm relieved to see that the Mass Effect/Amazon deal is for a potential TV series and not a movie. Even so, the possibility (and likewise for Dragon Age) makes me cringe just a little, unlike many fans who appear... excited?Let me explain. (Thread)— David Gaider (@davidgaider) November 25, 2021
I'm relieved to see that the Mass Effect/Amazon deal is for a potential TV series and not a movie. Even so, the possibility (and likewise for Dragon Age) makes me cringe just a little, unlike many fans who appear... excited?Let me explain. (Thread)
Haha.. I love how we both chimed in with interest in being involved. 😁https://t.co/vlFQmcMv8m— Sam Hulick (@SamHulick) November 25, 2021
Haha.. I love how we both chimed in with interest in being involved. 😁https://t.co/vlFQmcMv8m
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