“You can expect to see us continue to invest in the fantasy genre in all of its forms; we have a genre-focused staff on the ground at Studios who work hard with our creative partners on those slates, and you can expect to see more,” said Jennifer Salke, CEO of Amazon Studios.
Amazon is producing a TV series based on the Mass Effect franchise. It’s been stated that the business is close to signing a contract to adapt BioWare and EA’s award-winning sci-fi RPG franchise. Unfortunately, there are little information about the adaptation, but Amazon claims to be investing in the fantasy genre. It’s unclear how much this arrangement will cost or when viewers of the show will see the results.
As always, we will keep you updated as the situation evolves, but with the deal not even finalized, it may be a while before we see or hear anything salient about what Amazon is planning. It’s also worth noting that there’s no exact reference to the adaptation being a TV series as opposed to a movie series, but in the sense that it’s used, “series” is meant to mean TV series.
For those that don’t know: Mass Effect debuted back in 2007, and is widely considered one of the best sci-fi series in gaming, if not one of the best series in gaming full-stop. Over the years, its installments have been praised for their story-telling, character development, and general narrative. That said, a staple of the series is giving players the agency of making decisions that drastically impact the game’s story, world, and characters. Of course, this type of agency isn’t possible with a TV series, so it will be interesting to see how it transfers. Netflix and The Witcher were able to mitigate the loss of this with relative ease, but that series isn’t defined nearly as much by giving players the freedom to sculpt their own tale.