When EA snatched up RPGeniuses BioWare, there were fears that the company's beloved, hand-crafted series would become annually serialized, cogs in the ever-expanding EA profit machine. Now, we've received an early hint that those fears may be totally justified. Speaking with a group of industry analysts, EA Games president Frank Gibeau said that sci-fi opera Mass Effect will be a franchise for the company "for a very long time" ... Boy, that didn't sound sinister at all, did it?

We've known for years that Mass Effect is being developed as a trilogy, but Gibeau's quote sounds ominously like somewhere in the bowels of EA exists alpha builds of Mass Effect: Petz and Wii-exclusive MyMass Effect (now your Mii can get it on with space babes!). We're just looking forward to 2013 when we'll get our hands on the Shepard Vision Cone.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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