BioWare has always been adamant about keeping Shepard's story a trilogy, but that doesn't necessarily mean Mass Effect ends with Shep.
Mass Effect Associate Producer Mike Gamble is encouraging fans to keep their Mass Effect 3 save files, despite the third game being the end of Shepard's trilogy. While this isn't exactly a guarantee -- and Gamble won't say more on the subject -- the hint is too great to ignore.
"It wouldn't be a bad idea [to keep your Mass Effect 3 saves]. Obviously I can't say anything, but it wouldn't be a bad idea..."
Companies always choose their words carefully, and BioWare never did say that this would be the last Mass Effect game. While Mass Effect 3 concludes Shepard's story, a return to the Mass Effect universe remains a distinct possibility. On the topic of Shepard, Gamble promises that end final chapter will leave fans plenty satisfied.
"We want the outcomes to be satisfying to the player. That doesn't necessarily mean they're all going to be happy or positive, but they have to be satisfying. Players have to understand that the choices they've been making in this game and in previous have had an impact, and that they're an architect in what happens."
Sounds rather ominous, doesn't it? At least we can be fairly certain that March 6 won't be the last time we ever visit BioWare's iconic sci-fi universe. Just don't delete your saves once you've rescued the galaxy (a third time).