Mass Effect is one of the greatest video game Science Fiction game franchises ever made. Now the beloved action shooter role-playing game is being adapted to Amazon.
As reported by Deadline, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said that the company is approaching a deal with Electronic Arts to secure rights to Mass Effect.
Developed by BioWare, Mass Effect is a sci-fi RPG game that allows players to solve ancient mysteries as Commander Shepard. A sentient race of machines known as Reapers threatens to destroy all life. Debuting in 2007, Mass Effect has since amassed a huge fanbase over the course of its trilogy of games — including a spinoff, Mass Effect: Andromeda, in 2017.
Mass Effect would probably be more suited to an ongoing series than a movie adaptation, like the one that was planned and then abandoned after Legendary Pictures picked up the rights back in 2010. Explaining why the movie never did get made, BioWare’s Mac Walters said, “If you’re going to tell a story that’s as fleshed out as ‘Mass Effect,’ TV is the way to do it. There’s a natural way it fits well with episodic content.”
The games have a fair bit of Star Trek and Babylon 5 in their DNA, and Walters said that writing Mass Effect was a lot like writing TV. “When we build out a ‘Mass Effect’ game, we have a backbone, or an overall story that we want to tell, but each level or mission is like its own TV episode,” he said. “It doesn’t get written ahead of time. It gets written at the time that we get to it. So it gets added to the main story and sometimes the main story gets adjusted because we did something really cool in that ‘episode.'”
Potentially a ME series has the potential to be a Game of Thrones-esque meets Star Wars like series with intense space battle, plethora of aliens, and bloody shootouts.
Let the fan casting begin!