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'Mass Effect 4' main character, sequel status and more discussed

'Mass Effect 3'
'Mass Effect 3'
Photo courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

More details have been posted in regards to a panel for the tentatively-titled, "Mass Effect 4." According to a report from VG247 on July 28, Bioware revealed some additional information in regards to the main character of the story. The developer once again confirmed that the player won't be taking control as Commander Shepard. The story of the hero (or heroine) from the first three games concluded with "Mass Effect 3."

However, the new protagonist do share some similarities with Commander Shepard as he or she will be connected to N7. The main character won't be wearing the same red-stripe armor as the previous hero. Instead, players have the ability to customize what they want to wear during combat and other sequences.

The representatives also reiterated that the next game in the series should not be called "Mass Effect 4" as it is not a direct sequel. The new project is being developed as a spiritual successor to the original trilogy. However, a new name was not provided during the panel, which occurred during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.

Finally, the developer also revealed a few changes being made to the returning Mako vehicle. With more emphasis being placed on exploring, Bioware decided to increased the speed of the multi-purpose car. In doing so, they also decided to remove its cannon attack. It is unknown if the removal would result in the exclusion of car combat.

Although no release date has been announced for "Mass Effect 4," Bioware has been more forthcoming with talking about the project recently. In addition to the aforementioned 2014 San Diego Comic-Con panel, a brief video was also shown on the next game at last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. A screen featuring the aforesaid "Mass Effect 3," which was first made available in 2012, is located near the top of this article (courtesy of the series' official Facebook webpage).