Mass Effect 3 turned ten years old. On March 6, 2012, Mass Effect 3 went out into the world, which means that many players started the last phase of their war against the Reapers ten years ago. It’s very rare for a franchise, especially even just a part of a franchise, to remain popular for such a long period of time, but Mass Effect is one of the exceptions. Indeed, while this particular game is ten years old, Mass Effect: Andromeda was released in subsequent years, and now Mass Effect 4 – or whatever BioWare calls it – is in development.
With the Reaper war over, it’s safe to say that Shepard is changing so many aspects of the galaxy – or at least it can, based on the player’s choices. In addition to many small choices, Shepard plays a big role in ending the Genophage (or not), somehow bringing Ashley or Kaidan to a close, somehow ending the war between the geth and quarians. In general, Shepard’s influence on the galaxy is immediately felt in the aftermath of Mass Effect 3.
Mass Effect 3 is simply a reminder of everything Shepard has done, and while there might be some temptation to bring Shepard back, the truth is that Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is there for that nostalgia. Mass Effect 4 needs to move forward.