Mass Effect Commander Shepard

Well well well, what do we have here? As the headline suggests, BioWare may have just let slip some huge news regarding the new Mass Effect game, which is currently in development. It's already known that the title will take place after the original trilogy, with key recurring character Liara supposedly popping up in the announcement trailer. But a fresh piece of Mass Effect merch might have revealed that player character Commander Shepard will also return.

As spotted by YouTuber MrHulthen, the product description for a new lithograph — based on concept art for the new Mass Effect game — read: "While Shepard and the survivors are left to pick up the pieces, fans are left wondering what’s next." That text has since been altered, with any mention of Shepard having been removed.

Without spoiling anything too specific, Shepard's fate in Mass Effect 3 was left somewhat ambiguous — mostly because the ending's a bit of a mess. We wouldn't be surprised to see BioWare walk it back, at least in some capacity.

Was it some kind of honest mistake, or did BioWare just spill the beans? We'll let you decide, but it's clear that the next Mass Effect game will hinge on the events of the original trilogy. Hopefully BioWare doesn't muck it up!

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