Just before Thanksgiving, Deadline broke the news that Amazon Studios is in negotiations to adapt BioWare’s beloved sci-fi video game series Mass Effect for television. While no further details have emerged about the project, the announcement alone has stirred up some trepidation among fans. Like its sister series Dragon Age, Mass Effect is an action RPG that allows players to build their own protagonist and make decisions that have lasting effects on the narrative. As a result, every Mass Effect fan treasures a different version of the story and its protagonist, Commander Shepard. In order to avoid conflicting with anyone’s individual journey, Mass Effect ancillary works like comics, novels, and even the spin-off game Mass Effect: Andromeda are deliberately isolated from the core trilogy in order to avoid contradicting any player’s experience. And while continuing this tradition and telling new stories with new characters in the Mass Effect universe might be a better idea, it’s unlikely that a major studio would agree to such restraints, or spend a fortune adapting a popular property without including its most recognizable elements.