Posted on March 20, 2008,

Key Questions Linger in Mass Effect 2′s Development

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Anyone who has played through Mass Effect knows that there are definitive events that happen in the game which come as a result of choices you make. As a result, BioWare has a real challenge on its hands with how exactly to proceed with the story.

“How do we make what you did in the first game affect what’s happening in the second game?… Who is the main character? Who will re-appear in the game?” asked Matt Atwood last week.

While the specifics of the story to this degree may not be worked out, BioWare does know where it’s going. “There is a story arc already written for the whole thing… I do know that the level of impact from a wow factor, a dramatic factor, is going to be really quite compelling in the next game. I think people are going to be thrilled.”

Atwood also said, “Mass Effect really is all about dramatics and cinematics and choices and exploration and I think we’ll expand in each of those areas.”

As for when we can expect to see Mass Effect 2, “it won’t be three and a half years or four years, which is what the first one took to create,” explained Atwood.

“The team’s working hard already but they’re going to make sure it’s just right… hopefully [it will be] sooner than later… I don’t know if it’s sooner that you expect, or what you expect, so we’ll just wait and see and once we’re ready to divulge the date, we’ll let you know.”

I can’t wait for the game, but some new novels fleshing out the backstory in the meantime wouldn’t be a bad holdover.

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