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A Commander Shepard

Commander Shepard, as shown on the standard cover to Mass Effect 3.

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Commander Shepard, as shown on the alternative cover to Mass Effect 3.

Mass Effect is a series of sci-fi video games created by Bioware and EA, also adapted into other media.

The first three main games in the series are action/RPG/FPS games starring Commander Shepard, a soldier whose gender, appearance, skills and pre-service history are all customizable by the player. The games also feature many choices for the player to make, that will influence the games' plot. While there is no canon version of the story in each game, or of Shepard's appearance and history, the character's most used appearance on the game's covers and promotional material is his default male appearance. Only for Mass Effect 3 alternative promotional material featuring a female Shepard was included.

To avoid having one canon version of the story, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 feature a Save File Transfer system, allowing players to keep their choices from one game to its sequels, while derived works, such as minor games and comics, never star Shepard nor mention choice-sensible plot points from the games.

Video games

Four main games were released:

  • Mass Effect (November 16, 2007) Xox 360. Later also released for PC and PlayStation 3.
  • Mass Effect 2 (January 26, 2010), Xbox 360, PC. Later also released for PlayStation 3.
  • Mass Effect 3 (March 06, 2012), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC. Later also released for WiiU.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (March 21, 2017), Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC. Set many years after Mass Effect 3 and in a distant Galaxy, it stars new characters.

Additional minor games were released:

  • Mass Effect Galaxy (June 22, 2009), iOS. Serving as a prologue to Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect Infiltrator (March 6, 2012), iOS, Android. Later also released for Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone. Set during the events of Mass Effect 3.
  • Mass Effect 3: Datapad (March 12, 2012), iOS. A free app allowing players to check the status of the galaxy map in Mass Effect 3 and receive messages from characters.

Also a compilation of games was released:

  • Mass Effect Trilogy (November 6, 2012), Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3. Including Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.

Publications

Novels:

  • Mass Effect: Revelation (May 1, 2007). A prequel to Mass Effect.
  • Mass Effect: Ascension (July 29, 2008). Set after the original game.
  • Mass Effect: Retribution (July 27, 2010). Set after Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: Deception (January 31, 2012). Set after Mass Effect: Retribution, but featuring notable continuity and character errors. A corrected edition was announced, but never released.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda - Nexus Uprising (March 21, 2017). A prequel to Mass Effect Andromeda.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda - Initiation (November 28, 2017). A prequel to Mass Effect Andromeda.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda - Annihilation (November 6, 2018).

Comics:

  • Mass Effect: Redemption (January 6 – April 7, 2010). A four-issue series serving as a prequel to Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: Incursion (June 21, 2010). An 8-page online comic serving as the ending to Redemption and leading into Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: Inquisition (October 26, 2010). An 8-page online comic set after Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: Genesis (January 18, 2011). An interactive comic released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC. Retelling the events of Mass Effect, it allows Mass Effect 2 players to make the plot decisions of the original game and use the comic for Save File Transfer.
  • Mass Effect: Evolution (January 19 - April 20, 2011). A four-issue series serving as a prequel to the franchise.
  • Mass Effect: Conviction (September, 2011). An 8-page online comic set after Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: Invasion (October 19, 2011 - January 18, 2012). A four-issue series set after Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: Homeworlds (April 25, 2012 - August 29, 2012). A four-issue series with each ssue focusing on a squad member from Mass Effect 3.
  • Mass Effect: Blasto: Eternity Is Forever (November 7, 2012). A 14-page online comic focusing on Blasto, a fictional creature within Mass Effect's universe.
  • Mass Effect: Genesis 2 (April 2, 2013). A new version of Mass Effect: Genesis, retelling both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.
  • Mass Effect: He Who Laughs Best (May 4, 2013). A single-issue comic released for Free Comic Book Day 2013. It's set prior to the original game.
  • Mass Effect: Foundation (July 24, 2013 - July 23, 2014). A 13-issue series tying to Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
  • Mass Effect: Discovery (May 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017). A 4-issue series tying to Mass Effect: Andromeda. A trade paperback collection of all issues was released on January 17, 2018.

Movies

An animated movie titled Mass Effect: Paragon Lost was reeasd on November 29, 2012, set during the events of Mass Effect 2.

Additionally there are plans to produce a live action movie based on the franchise.

Amusement park attraction

An attraction called Mass Effect: New Earth opened on May 18, 2016 in California's Great America amusement park.

Links to other series

Commercial link: Commander Shepard appears in the "Michael" commercial for PlayStation 3.

Direction Series Date Description Type


5Arrow R Spore20080907 September 07, 2008There's a reference to Mass Effect in a Special Spore Strategy guide.
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5Arrow R Sim20100928 September 28, 2010Commander Shepard from Mass Effect is unlockable in MySims SkyHeroes.1


5Arrow R Final Fantasy20111215 December 15, 2011Commander Shepard armor from Mass Effect 3 is downloadable in Final Fantasy XIII-2.2


4Arrow L Kingdoms of Amalur20130306 March 06, 2013Mass Effect 3 features a downloadable armor and a downloadable weapon only accessed after downloading and playing the demo for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.3


4Arrow L Battlefield20130306 March 06, 2013Mass Effect 3 features a promotional character called "Battlefield 3 Soldier" with its armor based on the soldier from Battlefield 3; it's obtained by signing into the multiplayer using an Origin account linked to a Battlefield 3 Online Pass.2


5Arrow R Dead Space20130205 February 05, 2013Dead Space 3 includes a suit based on the N7 Armor from Mass Effect, with its description also mentioning Shepard as a fictional character.2


5Arrow R LittleBigPlanet20130522 May 22, 2013Outfits based on Mass Effect characters are downloadable in LittleBigPlanet 2.2


5Arrow R Minecraft20130904 September 04, 2013Minecraft for Xbox 360 features official downloadable skins based on Mass Effect characters.2


5Arrow R Ride Along20140117 January 17, 2014A Mass Effect 3 poster can be seen in Ben's house.2


5Arrow R Dragon Age20141118 November 18, 2014A head of a krogan from Mass Effect can be found mounted on the wall in various places in Dragon Age Inquistion; an Orge from Dragon Age appears as a statue in Mass Effect 2 and the game also features a downloadable armor based on Dragon Age; there are other minor references to Mass Effect in the series.1


4Arrow L Plants vs. Zombies20170321 March 21, 2017Plants vs Zombies toys appear in Mass Effect: Andromeda.2