With games, downloadable content, books, comics, and even an animated film, the chronological order of Mass Effect is a complicated one. There are tons of stories within the Mass Effect universe and a lot of them are told outside the games, which makes it hard to know where to start when you want to explore everything Mass Effect has to offer. Especially when you realize that a lot of the stories like to jump through time. Stories take place before, after, and during the events of the games and an earlier chapter doesn’t necessarily take place before a later chapter. Chronology be damned.
That’s why we have decided to make a Mass Effect timeline, showing you exactly when stories take place and in what order to read everything in. We even split up comics into separate issues, in case they decide to jump through time again. But first, the games:
- Mass Effect (2007)
- Mass Effect 2 (2010)
- Mass Effect 3 (2012)
- Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
This game takes place during the events of Mass Effect Andromeda.
This entry was last updated in april 2021.
With all mainline games out of the way, it’s time to throw all other Mass Effect media in our Mass Effect timeline. Because era’s in Mass Effect aren’t as defined as in some other games (read: Assassin’s Creed), we decided to take a slightly different approach with Mass Effect. The focus in this timeline is on the two main characters we control in the games: Shepard and Ryder.
In both cases, there’s a focus on the stories that take place during their games. But thanks to the prequels and Andromeda Initiative categories, we also have a clear overview of all the stories that take place before the videogame adventures of our two protagonists.
Timelines at Beyond Video Gaming are divided in different eras. Click or tap on a title to see all the media within the era. The following icons will mark whether something is a game, book, comic or movie.
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This Mass Effect timeline was put together with the utmost care. If you do however end up seeing a mistake in our chronological order, don’t hesitate to let us know how wrong we are by filling out our contact form!