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Mass Effect Trilogy Ending Originally Involved Setting A Trap For The Reapers

Speaking during a Reddit AMA, Drew Karpyshyn, the leader writer on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, has revealed BioWare‘s early plans for how to conclude the original trilogy, and it involved setting a trap for the Reapers using the Mass Relays.

Mass Effect 3 ended with Commander Shepard presented with multiple choices for how to end the Reaper threat, but in case you haven’t seen them all yet, we won’t spoilt it here — although if that’s the case, what’s taking so long? It’s been 10 years, after all!

Anyway, that wasn’t always the case. Here’s what Karphyshyn had to say:

We has some very rough ideas planned out. Basically, it involved luring the Reapers through the Mass Relays then detonating the entire network to wipe them out… but also destroying/damaging the relays and isolating every galactic community from the others. But we still had to figure out a lot of the details, and there were some issues with that option… like what we would do in the next series of games.

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The Mass Effect trilogy is now available for PS4 and Xbox One in the shape of the remastered Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which includes all three games plus (nearly) all DLC.

BioWare is currently working on the next instalment in the Mass Effect franchise, although right now it’s unknown what ending for the original trilogy will be considered canon.

[Source – Reddit]