Well, for those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the last several months…it’s ok, you can come out, now. At the VGA’s in 2010, BioWare announced that part 3 of its epic space-combat RPG would be released in 2011 and some of the “news” that comes along with that has fans of the game both elated and a bit peeved.
Now, which category you will fall under depends entirely on whether or not you are able to pay attention to direct warnings that were given in Mass Effect 2. Specifically, whether or not you let Shepard die. If you DID, you won’t be able to import your saved game over to ME3, which makes perfect sense to me. SO, if you were a noob and let the commander bite the big one, well…sucks to be you.
In the words of ME3 producer, Corey Hudson:
Dead is dead. Mass Effect 3, as with the rest of the trilogy, is Shepard’s story. If you have a dead Shepard at the end of Mass Effect 2, that saved game won’t import into Mass Effect 3. You can play Mass Effect 3 if you died in Mass Effect 2 of course, but you’ll have to create a new Shepard. Harsh? Yes. But we wouldn’t be serious about the concept of a suicide mission if you couldn’t die and your death didn’t have serious consequences.
So make sure you’re careful with your virtual you.
If, on the other hand, you managed to get through with Shepard in one piece (more or less), not only will you get to play as Shepard again (moar alien sideboob for galacto-pimp?) but it looks like you’ll be frolicking around on good old planet Earth, if we’re to take this teaser AND game description seriously:
Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth.
Of course there is going to be a LOT more information being released over the next several months and we’ll make sure to feature all of the trailers and Mass Effect 3 news as it becomes available. In the mean time, get out there and make sure you finished your playthrough of ME2 with a living, breathing Shepard so you can head back to Earth and hit up some Taco Bell while you nut-kick some reapers.
And…uhm…When it comes time to pick this up on release night, don’t get in front of me in line.
You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry…