Since yesterday evening we know when the new edition of the Mass Effect trilogy will be available. In the course of this there was definitely more interesting information, namely that there was almost a spin-off inspired by Han Solo, for example.
If you leave out the Jedi for once, then the smuggler Han Solo is certainly one of the most popular and well-known Star Wars characters. BioWare has also studied the long-standing sci-fi franchise extensively and almost took the character as a model for a spin-off for the first Mass Effect.
While the release date of the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has been fixed since yesterday and a lot revolves around the drilled out 4K remake of the trilogy, the then Development Director Dorian Kieken takes a look back into the past in an interview with The Gamer and reveals interesting things .
After the first Mass Effect appeared in 2007, BioWare also played with alternative concepts within the franchise. “We explored a game concept in 2008, a little after the first Mass Effect was delivered. In this one you would have played a character comparable to Han Solo in a Star Control-inspired game in the Mass Effect universe,” says Kieken. “The game should expand the game universe and would have been created parallel to the actual trilogy.”
In particular, the thought of a “grayer character” in the style of a smuggler would have appealed to him in the Mass Effect universe. “It would have allowed you to see the world from a completely different angle than that of the super soldier. It would be like exploring the Star Wars universe without being a Jedi, or the Warhammer 40K universe without a space To be marine. “
The fact of a “grayer character” that is added to neither the good nor the bad characters in the universe could have made great exploration scenarios possible. “Think about the freedom of story you have in a TV series like Mandalorian or Firefly, thanks to the smuggler or mercenary character,” says Kieken.
In the end, the project that sounds interesting, but not implemented. Would you have wished for this?