Oh man, I’m so looking forward to Mass Effect 2. I didn’t even know there was going to be a sequel to Mass Effect, but having read about it recently, I’m very much intrigued, although I hope they spend a bit more time optimizing it for the PC, though Mass Effect was one of the better Xbox to PC ports I’ve seen (certainly better than Halo 2 for Vista…*shudder*).
At any rate, the big news is the one minute teaser trailer. Have a look. (Spoilers abound after the break.)
Shocking, eh? Shepard seems to be dead, and…what’s that? A Geth with N7 armor? BioWare won’t confirm the Geth is actually wearing the armor, but it looks pretty clear to me. Have a look at the screenshot below.
Certainly looks like the logo from Shepard’s default armor is stenciled on to that Geth. Is it part of the crew? Is it masquerading as part of the crew? Is it…Sheppard’s consciousness in a Geth body? Okay, I’m reaching with that last one, but it just seems odd that they’d kill off Shepard while advising players to keep their saves from the original.
It really seems like it’ll be an interesting game. If it’s true that decisions made in Mass Effect will carry over into Mass Effect 2, imagine if you had let the Council die in the attack on the Citadel. The Systems Alliance would probably be handing out orders. And knowing how fast humanity has spread in that game, they may even control most of the known galaxy. But what if the Council had been saved? Would things be all that different? After all, humanity got a seat on the council following the attack. Maybe they still would have spread.
Ah, it’s all just speculation at this point. The tentative release date is this time next year, so there’s still a long way to go until anyone gets a whiff of the plot. I’m still looking forward to it. Downloadable content can only satisfy a person for so long…