To anyone out there who has been trapped in a cave the last few years, Mass Effect is an amazing space opera revolving around one Commander Shepard and his fight to rid the galaxy of evil. To many a gamer, this is the epitome of the RPG genre with multiple branching storylines, deep character involvement, and the ability to carry a character over from one titlte to the next. That’s right, the decisions you make in Mass Effect carry over to Mass Effect 2, and now, obviously, to Mass Effect 3.
Bioware, ultra protective of it’s proverbial brain-child, has been slowly leaking information about the game over the past few months. From the teaser trailer during the VGAs to obscured and strangely cut screen shots of the third title, they don’t want anyone to know too much about what is going to be happening in Shepard’s third and final heroic tale. That is, until now apparently.
The Austin, TX based developer has recently released a large chunk of details for the new ME game in an upcoming issue of Game Informer. Thanks to the majesty that is the internet, they are now out and about and easy for anyone to find. Here’s a list of some of the things that have been released so far:
Squadmates that will be “playable to some extent”:
- Ashley or Kaiden (depending on your Mass Effect playthrough of course)
- Garrus (if he survived the suicide mission)
- James Sanders (not the ‘sniper’ from the early trailer, maybe he’s a Colonel?)
Confirmed to appear, depending on choices in Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, but not as squadmates:
- The Illusive Man
Cerberus, the company that Shepard works for in the second Mass Effect game, is apparently now out to kill him. Whether this has to do with the ending you got at the end of ME2 or not, is not known. The Illusive Man, voiced by Martin Sheen, will still be playing “a prominent role.”
After the events of the latest ME2 DLC, The Arrival, Shepard has gone back to Earth and is now “on trial” for the events of The Arrival. This is when the Reapers attack, dropping in on the planet and starting their mass genocide of all life in the galaxy. From the Mass Effect 3 launch trailer you see that Shepard is in space above Earth when this happens, leading many to speculate that either the trial was in space or he was on his way to Earth just as the attack started.
The combat and RPG elements this time around are going to be a mix of the first two games with large branching trees for powers and the ability to make them much stronger. Weapons will still be a set list like in ME2 but will now be customizeable like the weapons from ME1. No word yet on whether those customizations will visually change the weapons.
The different classes can now use any weapon but are restricted to the amount of weapons they can carry. The Soldier, being the power-house weapons class, will be able to carry all four, pistol, shotgun, assault rifle, sniper rifle. However, classes like Infiltrator and Adept will be limited to one or two weapons.
ME3 will also get a nice interactive comic to help catch fans up with the ME universe if they haven’t taken the time to play through the first two games, the same way that the PS3 version did it for ME2. Also, no multiplayer!
Mass Effect 3 is a Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC game with its release set for sometime during holiday 2011.
Bioware is an interactive software development company based out of Austin, TX.
Mass Effect 3 Teaser Trailer