Mass Effect Timeline in Chronological Order

The Mass Effect franchise started in 2007, but has since grown to include multiple games, comics, novels, and even an anime film. It’s become one of the most innovative RPG game franchises of all time, and one of our favorites here at All Timelines. This is the Mass Effect timeline.

What’s on the Mass Effect Timeline?

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This list attempts to create a reading order (or in some cases viewing/playing order) for all major pieces of Mass Effect in chronological order. This includes primarily all video games, novels, films, and comic books.

This list does not attempt to split up any media so that they are read congruently, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading/playing/watching list. In the event that two works cover the exact same time-frame the one published first is read first.

Additionally the placement within the timeline is often based on where the work ends rather than where it begins. There may be a few exceptions which may be pointed out individually.

Where to Start the Mass Effect Franchise

As with many video gaming franchises, this is a hard question to answer. Naturally, for the story at least, the best place to begin is the first game. But many consider Mass Effect 2 to be the pinacle of the franchise’s acheivement. Plus, the latest game is usually going to have better graphics and potential improvements of its own.

That said, we do recommend the first game, if you haven’t played any of them. In terms of gameplay, it’s simpler than the others, but it’s also crucial to begin to understand the shear scope of these games.

entries

ChronologicalTimeBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

2157 CE

Graphic Novel

John Jackson Miller
Mac Walters

2011-09-21

2

2157 CE

Novel

Drew Karpyshyn

2007-05-01

3

2157 CE

Graphic Novel

Jeremy Barlow
Mac Walters

2013-05-04

4

2183-2186 CE

Game

Drew Karpyshyn

2007-11-20

5

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Mac Walters

2010-06-21

6

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

John Jackson Miller
Mac Walters

2010-06-08

7

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Mac Walters

2014-02-05

8

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Mac Walters

2014-06-04

9

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Jeremy Barlow
Mac Walters

2014-11-05

10

2183-2186 CE

Novel

Drew Karpyshyn

2008-07-29

11

2183-2186 CE

Game

Kevin Barrett

2009-06-22

12

2183-2186 CE

Game

Jarrad Trudgen

2012-03-06

13

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Mac Walters

2012-11-07

14

2183-2186 CE

Game

Drew Karpyshyn
Mac Walters

2010-01-26

15

2183-2186 CE

Novel

Drew Karpyshyn

2010-07-27

16

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

John Jackson Miller
Mac Walters

2012-04-18

17

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Mac Walters

2010-10-26

18

2183-2186 CE

Novel

William C. Dietz

2012-01-31

19

2183-2186 CE

Film

Henry Gilroy
J. Michael Tatum
Patrick Seitz

2012-12-28

20

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Jeremy Barlow
John Dombrow
Mac Walters
Patrick Weekes
Sylvia Feketekuty

2012-11-07

21

2183-2186 CE

Graphic Novel

Mac Walters

2011-09-01

22

2183-2186 CE

Game

Mac Walters

2012-03-06

23

Unknown

Novel

Jason M. Hough
K. C. Alexander

2017-03-21

24

Unknown

Game

Cathleen Rootsaert
Chris Schlerf
John Dombrow

2017-03-21

25

Unknown

Graphic Novel

Jeremy Barlow
John Dombrow
Mac Walters

2018-01-17

26

Unknown

Novel

Catherynne M. Valente

2018-11-06

27

Unknown

Novel

Mac Walters
N. K. Jemisin

2017-11-28

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