Mass Effect, as a franchise, has a lot to answer for.
Setting up a massive world for us to get engrossed in, whilst giving us literal galaxies to explore was incredible. The saga of Commander Shepard and their battle against the Reaper invasion is one for the history books.
And yes, whilst the third game lowered the bar a tad, the overall scene that the trilogy set was truly a masterclass in peak Bioware. Then Andromeda happened, and then Anthem came along.
It'd be fair to say that faith in the once-kings of well written narrative RPG's has dipped somewhat. But, and while there's no official announcement, we would love to see a fourth instalment of Mass Effect. That is, if they can shake the looming presence of EA pushing them to release broken and incomplete games.
On the plus side, this interim between old and hypothetical new sequels, there's a whole trove of wonderful science fiction games to get into instead.
Cyberpunk hyper-violence, faithful movie franchise adaptations, both old series' and new IP's sharing the limelight. Some may be a thinking man's game against alien invaders, whilst others are purely indulgent robo-dino fantasy.
So instead of mourning the lack of Effect, let's look at a Mass of other top notch sci-fi games.