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Old 10-01-2008, 06:50 AM   #1
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First Mass Effect 2 info??

I found this on a Norwegian message board. They claim the info was taken from Gamespot, but the link is now dead.

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-Platforms: Xbox 360, PC

-Release date: Xbox 360 - November 2009 (Worldwide), PC - TBA 2010

-Developer: BioWare, with support from EA and Microsoft Games Studios

-Publisher: EA

-Engine: Unreal Engine 3 (Custom)

-Mass Effect 2 is a 6-month timed exclusive game for the Xbox 360

-The same team that worked on Mass Effect is working on Mass Effect 2

-Mass Effect 2 has been in development since July 2007,
total development time for Mass Effect 2 will be 28 Months

-The story in Mass Effect 2 will continue 2 months after Mass Effect

-The story will not continue depending on the last decision made by the player in Mass Effect, it will however continue after the PC version ending

-The character created in Mass Effect can be transported into Mass Effect 2 via save-files

-Level cap has been increased to Level 120

-Physics will be power by Havok

-Bioware has spent an enormous time on facial animations and charater movement animations, so expect animation quality to be at the very top.

-BioWare is using the Unreal Engnine 3 for graphics, with many custom changes made, graphics will be better than in Gears of War 2

-Water is confirmed to have fluid simulation, also, if a player or NPC dies on water, the players body will slowly sink, this also applies to weapons and certain objects

-The Game Over sequence has been reduced to 1.78 Seconds, due to complains from fans over the long Game Over sequence in Mass Effect

-Mass Effect 2 will have up to 5-player CO-OP, depending on the host players decision of how many players will be able to assist him/her

-There will be a Multiplayer component called Survival, where players will crash on a planet and battle to survive against endless hordes of enemies, the score will be determined on how many enemies will be killed and how much time players will be able to survive, there is no end to this mode, it's a very similar mode to Gears of War 2's Horde.

-Armor has to be repaired, armor will also react to different weapons,
bullets will damage it, fire will melt it, ice will freeze it,...

-The player can now lead a squad of 2-5 members, the player decides how many squad members will be on each mission

-The Citadel is now much larger, and whenever a player visits the Citadel all members of the players squad go with him/her, the squad will interact with other NPC's if you allow them to

-Battles wil be on a much larger scale, reported scale is the same as in Gears of War 2

-There will 2 more classes added to the aditional classes from the first game

-The Galaxy has been expanded, you can now explore 8 times more planets than in Mass Effect, also, every planet now has a bigger scale, players will be able to set up small bases on planets with a sustainable atmosphere

-The player will be able to create mines near resources and send resources to Earth or by the decision of the player mine illegaly and collect all resources for him/her self

-Weapons can be upgraded and customized, the weapon arsenal has been expanded, the player can now carry a bionic arm on each arm, the player can dual wield not just pistols, but also shotguns and semi-automatic weapons

-One new weapon is called "The Scilary", it's a missile based weapon, the player marks a targed on the ground and then shoots a missile into the air, the missile is then split into multiple pieces and hits the target and an area around it

-The player can now equip a knife, the knife can be customized and upgraded, the knife can also be used with different powers, i.e. the knife can be thrown and then brought back, the knife will also react to environment hazards, i.e. a knife over fire will cause it to catch fire and eventually melt

-There will be Boss Battles in the game

-Depending on the decision made by the player on Noveria to either spare or kill the Rachni, they will assist you during a crucial time or you will be left alone

-Preston Watamaniuk, the Lead Designer hints at more and larger environment hazards,
for example a volcano erruption than can destroy a base built by the player, another example is an ice storm of different colors, dependning on the planets atmosphere

-The primary planetary exploration vehicle can now be upgraded and customized,
it can also be expanded to carry up to 4 members of your squad

-The armor can now be upgraded and customized to the players liking, similar to the weapon customization, the player can now select a certain part of the armor, i.e. the left shoulder and put a small picture on it, i.e. the Earth's flag

-The second mission will be to save a squad member that was believed to be dead in Mass Effect, depending on the decision made on planet Virmire (the cloning facility mission), you will have to rescue the squad member left behind,
the story will explain how the squad member survived the detonation

-Planet Eden Prime can now be visited, explored and the player can now build his own house on the planet, same with many other planets

-The total number of interactive NPC's you can talk to is around 3000,
total number of NPC's in Mass Effect 2 is unknown

http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/acti...atures;title;2

UPDATE: The link doesn't work anymore, looks like Gamespot took it down,
good thing I copied the article to the notepad
Sounds too good to be true IMHO. Mass Effect is among my all time favorites and I can't wait to return to the ME universe.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:53 AM   #2
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Well... crap. I need to play Mass Effects again to get a character ready to import into Mass Effects 2. I never got the assault rifle unlocked for all characters, need to do that!
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:54 AM   #3
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Sounds great, I'm looking forward to starting Mass Effect. It's near the top of my list.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:55 AM   #4
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It's just detailed enough to ring true to me. Hope it's true
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:59 AM   #5
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I love the 6 months console exclusivity
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:06 AM   #6
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The story will not continue depending on the last decision made by the player in Mass Effect, it will however continue after the PC version ending
I'm not quite sure how i feel about this one. Having only played the 360 version, i've got to ask: What was the pc version ending?

I'm not sure i believe the post. Sure, I'd like an extra dose of epic in my mass effect 2. But somehow this smells fishy.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:09 AM   #7
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I keep going back and forth on my personal GOTY. The atmosphere and story in Bioshock was amazing but there's just something about Mass Effect that keeps luring me back. I wanted ME2 a month ago, but I'm glad to see that it (hopefully) has a release date. Great news.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:10 AM   #8
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I'm not quite sure how i feel about this one. Having only played the 360 version, I've got to ask: What was the PC version ending?
It had the same endings, they'll choose the one that suits the plot the most.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:12 AM   #9
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I started playing ME again last weekend, and man, that game is still as awesome as ever. Cannot wait for the second iteration.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:18 AM   #10
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Reading this makes me want to create a new character and go through Mass Effect again. I can't wait.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:20 AM   #11
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This list sounds like total BS to me. 5 player co-op? A knife? Saving dead squad members from ME 1? Guess we'll have to wait and see...
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:23 AM   #12
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Five-player co-op might sell me on this franchise.

Wait... did the first one have co-op? Maybe I'm already missing out.
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Five-player co-op might sell me on this franchise.

Wait... did the first one have co-op? Maybe I'm already missing out.
I may be wrong but I'm pretty sure it didn't. If it does, I need to get some people over to my house ASAP.
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Five-player co-op might sell me on this franchise.

Wait... did the first one have co-op? Maybe I'm already missing out.
No, it didn't (Or it totally missed it). But get it anyway, it's a great game.
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No, it didn't (Or it totally missed it). But get it anyway, it's a great game.
I tried Mass Effect for a little while, at least two hours, but I just couldn't get into it. That said, I was never that into other BioWare games either... but if I could play it simultaneously with friends, it might make it somewhat of a more substantial experience for me.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:50 AM   #16
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Well it's obviously put together from aspects of a couple other press annoucements from other games. So the change that all that stuff will happen is probably 0.
HOWEVER, who cares? It's going to be excellent.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:02 AM   #17
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Does it say the 360 version would still be a clip-show? How can they actually make graphics better if the first one wasn't even running at 30fps?

Seriously, PC version of Mass Effect is THE definitive version. After that, the 360 version seems unplayable. And no, I'm not a PC gamer exclusively, but if you have tried both, you'll know what I'm talking about.
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I love the 6 months console exclusivity
Could just mean it is going to PC again, but by fall 2009, I think the console war will be over for most gamers. If Sony doesn't have the PS3 down to $200-250 by then, I'll be surprised. Meanwhile, is there anyone on this gamer website that isn't picking up an Xbox 360 now that they are only $200?
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The story will not continue depending on the last decision made by the player in Mass Effect, it will however continue after the PC version ending
The PC version had a different ending?
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Well it's obviously put together from aspects of a couple other press annoucements from other games. So the change that all that stuff will happen is probably 0.
Yeah, the source on this information seems to be non-existant.
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