The PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 contained a comic book with a “previously on Mass Effect” introduction, in order to get players up to date with the story, BioWare plan to improve this system in Mass Effect 3.
“In all honesty, we didn’t do a really good job of new player orientation,” said BioWare’s Nick Clifford. “If you didn’t play the first game then 2 was pretty jarring for the first half hour.”
“If I’m a new player and some guy walks up to me and is like ‘Ohhhh Shepard! Remember that one time?’ I would be like ‘No. I don’t remember that one time,'” he added.
EGM’s TAKE: This is a much needed improvement if the team hopes to bring in new players with Mass Effect 3. The comic book introduction was unable to cover enough points to make the complex story clear. The problem is the number of reoccurring characters. A lot of the smaller bit-part characters that you helped in the first game made a return in Mass Effect 2, and the comic couldn’t possibly cover them all, which left a lot of fans scratching their heads asked to remember. No specifics were given in regards to the new system, but Clifford did mention that NPCs will react differently and use different dialogue towards a fresh player, which would certainly clear up any “remember me?” confusion.
In unrelated news, it was recently announced a new line of Mass Effect 3 figures would actually contain DLC for Mass Effect 3.
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