Aaryn Flynn has revealed some new customization statistics in regards to "Mass Effect 3." According to a report from Game Informer on May 16, the general manager of the Edmonton and Montreal studios stated that only 50 percent of players decided to change the look of Commander Shepard. Furthermore, the numbers differ dramatically based on the gender selected.
42 percent of players who went with the male version of Commander Shepard decided to keep the generic look, which was advertised in trailers and other types of media. On the other hand, 80 percent of users who decided on the female iteration of the main protagonist chose to change her facial features. Bioware never officially provided a generic look for Commander Shepard as a female until "Mass Effect 3" where fans have to vote on a set of preset models.
At PAX East 2013, a Bioware representative also revealed a somewhat interesting statistic as 82 percent of players opted to select to play as a male instead of female. The number may inferred that most of the fan base are male players. You can find an image showing the official models for the male and female versions of Commander Shepard from the "Mass Effect" Facebook page with the photo attached near the top of this article.
In the upcoming tentatively-titled "Mass Effect 4," players will be controlling a completely new character. Bioware stated in the past that the storyline involving Commander Shepard is completed as the protagonist won't be the star of the upcoming game. The plot of the fourth main game won't be set directly in the same period as the previous three titles as well.
"Mass Effect 4" is currently around 50 percent complete in terms of development. The software product could be shown off next month at E3 2014 during Electronic Arts' press conference. The publisher has six unannounced games, along with other known titles, that will be presented at the event.