The artwork Citadel is digitally created concept art for the Mass Effect
video game series. This massive space station is home to the galactic council in the game and serves as the interplanetary capital. The image is made by artist Mikko Kinnunen.
This original digital fine art print
is hand-numbered, proofed and signed by Mass Effect’s
Lead Writer Mac Walters, Art Director Derek Watts and Executive Producer Casey Hudson.
These days science and scifi are as popular as during the first moon landing. We are fascinated by things such as the exploration of Mars, the discovery of the Higgs boson and the rise of commercial aerospace. Science inspires us to explore new horizons both in real-life as well as in fiction and culture. In our minds, going from Neutrinos – particles that can possibly go faster than the speed of light – to people travelling at the speed of light is a step easily taken.
Being able to travel at light speed and using that to explore the galaxy also lies at the heart of the science fiction universe of Mass Effect
The Mass Effect
video games form a dramatic space opera that successfully blends soft and hard scifi. This makes them feel more modern than the space fantasy of Star Wars
. The universe of Mass Effect
for example is drawn austere and functional with a realistic feel. For the design of various locales inspiration has been drawn from modern architecture such as the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava
. The influence of the famous sciencefiction designer Syd Mead
can also be felt.
There is a big difference between Mass Effect
and the sometimes cold or unpersonal imagery of Syd Mead however. The world of Mass Effect
feels warm and alive. The game brims with charismatic humans, aliens and species and their stories and tragedies help form a consistently detailed universe. It is fair to say that the overarching story of the galaxy being threatened by a destructive AI serves as an umbrella to connect these hundreds of smaller stories and persona.
Players are invited to form an even stronger emotional connection with the fiction because of the pioneering work Mass Effect
does in the area of interactive storytelling. The player’s choices shape the story to a large extent.
is a great example of what can make science fiction so fascinating; when creators use our obsession with the future and with science to tell great stories.