Bioware Confirms Shepherd Lives in Mass Effect 2
There’s been a ton of buzz around the internet since the first Mass Effect 2 teaser trailer hit. After all, the text listed Commander Shepherd as ‘Killed in Action.’ Not surprisingly, this ignited a firestorm of comments from fans of the first Mass Effect game, many of whom couldn’t believe that Commander Shepherd was dead. To be fair, I can’t really blame them.
After all, Mass Effect was originally conceived as a trilogy, and to have the main character die between the first and second games would be…disconcerting, to say the least. It definitely wouldn’t be what gamers are accustomed to, as we usually get to play as one character throughout subsequent games. Some gamers were mollified by Bioware’s advice to keep all your ME1 save games, although they didn’t tell us why, or what those saves might net us in ME2.
Anyway, Hudson says today in his blog post that they’ve been working on ME2 for over 18 months now. Interestingly, he also details how they went about using plauer feedback in creating ME2. Hudson says, “The first thing we did in designing Mass Effect 2 was to listen very carefully to what people were saying about how they played the first one – what they loved, what they wanted to see improved, and the countless anecdotes that describe players’ personal experiences with their unique paths through the story. We read forum posts, reviews, watched people playing the game on YouTube, and literally noted and categorized every piece of feedback we could find, to help us target an overall evolution of the gameplay to the way people actually experienced it. In other words, when you were talking, we were listening.”
He also mentions how they will be unveiling the game at E3 this year, and thanks Mass Effect players for their support. But the most important piece of information is dropped right at the end of the post.
He adds, almost as an afterthought, “Oh, and I’ve heard some rumors that Commander Shepard is dead. Better not be. We had a lot of big plans made, so if someone’s gone and killed Shepard then things are going to take an unexpected turn… ” Judging from this, I’d say you can count on seeing Shepherd once again in the sequel. The question I have for you is this: How much publicity was generated by that teaser including the KIA statement for Shepherd? My answer would be a lot.
If you haven’t seen the ME2 teaser yet, or just want another look, you can find it after the break.