Mass Effect sequel, DLC detailed

Written by Joe Martin

February 17, 2009 // 11:09 a.m.

Tags: #arena #bring-down-the-sky #mass-effect-2 #mass-effect-dlc

BioWare has (finally) got around to giving out some details on Mass Effect 2, as well as the next batch of downloadable content for the first game, in a leaked documentary from the Platinum Hits version of the first game.

Speaking in the documentary, which will be included in a Platinum version of the game but which is currently being hosted on Youtube (Via Joystiq), designer Casey Hudson said that Mass Effect will definitely get a sequel but that it may be a much darker game.

"In the second game you're actually going to go through a darker period where you're really looking for answers; it's a lot harder to find what the realities are, and there are a lot of twists and turns and it's generally a much darker experience," he said.

"We are going to continue on other themes such as technology: what does it mean to be alive?" added another member of the team. "How does synthetic life or intelligence compare to real-, true-life or organic life? How do you cross those boundaries, can we cross those boundaries, should we cross those boundaries? We really want to push into that direction."

It was also suggested that players would be able to carry over their save games between titles, in order to build long-running consequences for player actions.

Talking about the next batch of downloadable content for the game, the team confirmed that it would be based around an arena or fight-club theme.

"We had something in Mass Effect 1 that again, we weren't able to pull off just because we didn't have the time and we didn't think we'd be able to do it well enough, which was a fight club or an arena. So we're actually working on that for our next downloadable content piece and we're hoping it'll be really special," said BioWare's Preston Watamaniuk.

If you've not played the original Mass Effect then you can check out our full Mass Effect PC review for more details, or just let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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