Earlier this week brought news about a potential TV series for Mass Effect. With Deadline reporting that Amazon Studios are "nearing a deal" with EA, following Amazon's success of their Wheel of Time adaptation, not everyone is fully onboard with this idea.
David Gaider, who left BioWare in 2016 after working as lead writer for the first three Dragon Age games, has some hesitations. Commenting via Twitter, he confirmed:
I'm relieved to see that the Mass Effect/Amazon deal is for a potential TV series and not a movie. Even so, the possibility (and likewise for Dragon Age) makes me cringe just a little, unlike many fans who appear... excited?
Former BioWare Writer States Mass Effect TV Show Idea "Makes Me Cringe"
Explaining his reasoning in a wider thread, Gaider's doubts stem from Commander Shepard. As a fully customisable protagonist designed "to be a bit of a blank slate", Gaider states a TV series would have to make set choices, where Mass Effect thrives on letting players decide for themselves.
Accordingly, Gaider believes that giving them their own story would be "weird," ending this thread by wishing the showrunners good luck. Whatever your thoughts are on a Mass Effect adaptation, it's an interesting insight from this former BioWare developer, and we'll be curious to see where it goes.