Mass Effect 2 will not be having a new game plus mode with it. For those of you who don’t know, new game plus is an option in a game that allows you to start the game over while retaining all of your previous abilities, weapons and perks. This was an option that was available in Mass Effect, but will not be available in Mass Effect 2.
The lead designer for Mass Effect, Preston Watamaniuk, has answered many of the questions arising on Bioware’s forums. The reason is not because the feature isn’t wanted, it’s just that having that feature wouldn’t fit into their plans for Mass Effect 3 apparently. More specifically, they said the reason is because they designed the abilities system to allow you to have a smooth progression from Mass Effect 2 into Mass Effect 3. Meaning, the reason is they want smooth progression. He explains that allowing you to have double progression would make it impossible for that to be smooth. They replaced that feature with allowing you to be able to play after you’ve beaten the game.
So that smooth progression means that whatever you do, get, and achieve with your character in Mass Effect 2, will carry on into Mass Effect 3. Some are disappointed with this, and some are thinking that the new game + mode will be added as DLC, however, I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Their reasoning pretty much makes it highly unlikely for the mode to come at all. The ability to play after you beat the game will be what you have to settle for, it seems.
Mass Effect is making it’s way to the iPhone, that’s official. Many are saying it’s going to be a disappointment to hardcore and casual gamers alike, as Metal Gear Solid Touch was. But I think this one has some potential. It’s titled, Mass Effect: Jacob’s Story.
Chris Priestly, the Bioware Community Coordinator, has revealed some big facts on the upcoming animated presentation that is Mass Effect: Jacobs story. Which is said to have “gripping top-down shooting action”. The goal is to make the player not feel as if they are forced to do all the reading in this game. The story of this game does not connect Mass Effect 1 to Mass Effect 2, however, it is more of a side story of one of the upcoming characters.
He wants it to be considered a “fun, optional, experience”. Also, Chris Priestly notes that development on the Mass Effect iPhone does not delay the release of DLC for the PC or Xbox 360 release. Since a completely different team will be dedicated to work on the Mass Effect: Jacob’s Story. This game was made completely for the iPhone from the ground up, and considers it an example of how Mass Effect is “branching” out. Many developers are starting to find interest in the iPhone as a gaming console, though that is nothing new. Hopefully, Apple will make a video game console and enter the console war. I think they’d do well.
Electronic Arts announced Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360 and PC for next year, as expected.
The second one is about the humans struggle against “a greater evil”, greater than that of Saren’s evil army of Geth soldiers.
“We’re going to surpass the extraordinary gaming experience we brought our fans in Mass Effect by delivering intensified combat and expanded weapon options as well as increased depth of planet exploration, all while delivering a powerful, emotionally engaging story,” said the General Manager and CEO, BioWare and General Manager and Vice President, Dr. Ray Muzyka. “Mass Effect 2 is shaping up to be an unforgettable RPG-shooter experience, taking players on a non-stop roller-coaster ride filled with stunning plot twists and no-holds-barred action.”