BioWare's Casey Hudson and Derek Watts recently spoke with CVG about Mass Effect 3's story. The story, as expected, picks up where ME2 left off. Mass Effect 2's final piece of DLC, Arrival, is the last sequence of events before the Reapers invade Earth. Shepard must rally the troops to save the day. In this case "the troops" are every alien race you encounter.
"It's kind of like ME2 where you're building a team of twelve people, but here you're building an entire army from across the galaxy," Hudson said.
All the characters you've grown to love, or hate, will be in the game, at least with a minor role... if they survived your previous games. "Every main character is in there somewhere, kind of doing the thing that is right for that character. Zaeed for example is a very simple character and what he's up to is different from, say, Liara, who is very pivotal."
In Mass Effect 1 you could lose up to two members of your squad. In ME2 you could lose everyone on your ship. And if you're a pro like me you only lost Ashely, and it wasn't really much of a loss, if you know what I mean. I mean she was racist and I hated her.
BioWare's Derek Watts chimed in to talk Mass Effect's artistic evolution. Watts called out Mass Effect 1's art style as being beautiful, but not consistent with the gameplay. "We had a lot of raised platforms and areas you could get caught up in - stuff we should have fixed right from the beginning." BioWare learned from their mistakes with Mass Effect 2.
Moving forward with Mass Effect 3, BioWare will take fan reaction into consideration. "We changed Tali - that was tough because people were very passionate about her. A lot of people want to have her face revealed and obviously people are going to be pissed off either way," Watts add.
Fan want different things from Tali. Some gamers think she'll be beautiful and others thing she'll be ugly. I've always imagined her as a hot frog. Knowing they can't meet everyone's expectations has lead BioWare to dread the decision. "We're always "well, let's talk about something else for a while!" That's something we're going to have to decide."
Despite being a rather long interview, I felt the gentlemen from BioWare were holding back details. ME3's plot sounds almost too similar to ME2's goal of recruiting your team. As for Tali, it kind of sounds like they're not going to reveal her face after all. If they do though, she better be hot. With eight more months of waiting, I'm sure we'll hear more details about Mass Effect 3. ME3 will be released on March 6, 2012 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
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