BioWare is looking into using Dead Space's envoirnment HUD, or heads-up display, as inspiration for Mass Effect 3. One of Mass Effect's programmers, Brenon Holmes, went to the BioWare forums to talk about his interest in incorporating HUD elements. Fans in the forums expressed their dislike of Mass Effect 2's HUD. Holmes surprinsgly agreed with them, "We actually had the exact same thought during ME2 development and did a few prototypes of a health and shield indicator in world on Shepard's armour. The end result was not as great as we'd hoped... "
Since Mass Effect 2's HUD didn't turn out exactly as they had hoped, BioWare began looking at alternatives. One particular HUD they liked was the one from Dead Space. "Dead Space; the interface... it feels really immersive. I just want to touch the hell out of those buttons . So we are still investigating ways of putting some of our HUD elements into the environment... we'll see what we end up with."
Do you think a HUD like the one in Dead Space will enhance the gaming experience?
As a side note, Mass Effect 2's final piece of DLC "Arrival" comes out tomorrow.
Source: BioWare Fourms
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