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Mass Effect 2 Next Year, Says BioWare

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BioWare and EA said that Mass Effect 2 will launch next year.

BioWare and EA said earlier today that Mass Effect 2 won't hit store shelves until next year. In the meantime, retailers across North America and Europe are offering pre-order incentives by providing codes for downloading special items such as special-ops armor and weaponry for Commander Shepard. These items will be usable when the game is eventually released.

According to GameStop, consumers who pre-order Mass Effect 2 will get Terminus Gear which includes the Terminus Assault Armor and the M-490 Blackstorm Heavy Weapon. BioWare's press release stated that the armor increases run speed and personal shields. It also augments weapons with an additional magazine of reserve ammo. The weapon, on the other hand, generates a cool high-powered localized gravity well.

Other retail outlets will supply the "potent" Inferno Armor, providing an increase in run speed and augmented damage from combat powers. BioWare said that this armor is typically used by officers to monitor battlefield conditions, recognizing heart rates and regulating sub-systems for greater response times.

So when does this game actually hit retail shelves? BioWare said that Mass Effect 2 lands the Xbox 360 and PC just after Christmas: January 26 here in the States and January 29 in Europe.

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    ssalim , October 16, 2009 9:40 PM
    Looking at the picture, it seems like the game will have sex in it again. Of course, China will censor this out... possibly Germany too?
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    socrates047 , October 16, 2009 9:56 PM
    There was sex in the first game?
    Note to self, got to finish Mass Effect
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    isapiens , October 16, 2009 10:23 PM
    somehow she doesnt turn me on.
    By next year do they mean 2010 or 2011? because if its in 2010 its more like in 3 months then next year...
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    nonxcarbonx , October 16, 2009 11:43 PM
    Sweet.
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    Infinity_Wasted , October 17, 2009 12:09 AM
    I'm generally positive about the game, but I always hate it when companies offer preorder incentives when you buy from specific retailers. I've also read from Gamespot that Gamestop preorders will allow people access to special weapons in-game, that non-preorders won't be able to use (3rd paragraph, "The download will also unlock a wider variety of heavy weapons than will be accessible to those who buy the game after the game launches."). I have to wonder this would change the game for those who preorder it. will this be available early and make most future armour upgrades unnecessary?

    as much as I like the game, the publisher is doing this because they KNOW they can. and they know they'll get away with it. I have no qualms with the game itself, but I have to question the preorder scheme.
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    omnimodis78 , October 17, 2009 2:39 AM
    ^^ I second that - I mean if I were buying a pepsi from vending machine A i wouldn't expect (or accept) if the flavour was different than if it was popped out of vending machine B. It's the same product, costing the same - so how is that fair?
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    griffed88 , October 17, 2009 4:16 AM
    Basically, I think this whole pre-order incentive thing is to get people to buy the games at full price instead of waiting for a price drop. I waited till Steam had a deal on DoW 2 and got it for 19.99, but I decided to Pre-order the Aion Collectors Edition for the items and paid full price(I don't even really like the game). It looks like the incentive will work on me again with Dragon Age. The games creators are not seeing any money when people buy used games, and they don't make as much profit when people wait for a price drop. I think this is a great idea to get people to pay full price, but only so far as to not ruin the game for people who don't pre-order. I could see this being taken too far and people who don't pre-order getting screwed over with an incomplete game.
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    anamaniac , October 17, 2009 9:59 AM
    Socrates047There was sex in the first game? Note to self, got to finish Mass Effect

    It was good.
    Made it worth playing through multiple times.

    Go BioWare, you're fucking awesome!
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    fa_q2 , October 17, 2009 4:38 PM
    It didn't just have sex... it had LESBIAN sex too. I mean WOW.
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    ominous prime , October 17, 2009 8:06 PM
    More sex please.
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    acecombat , October 18, 2009 8:25 PM
    fa_q2It didn't just have sex... it had LESBIAN sex too. I mean WOW.

    I don't think I played long enough....Where abouts was this??? The only thing I saw remotely related was the strip club.
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2009 9:07 PM
    One quesiton, will it have invasive DRM. I boycotted mass effect over drm. If they do it again, another lost sale from me.
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    SalieriM , October 19, 2009 11:25 AM
    acecombatI don't think I played long enough....Where abouts was this??? The only thing I saw remotely related was the strip club.

    Play it with Shepherd as a female ;) 
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    eccentric909 , October 19, 2009 1:50 PM
    The "pre-order" downloads are quite annoying. If they are going to include them, I wish it was the same content from all retailers. Gamestop is quite far away from me, but Game Crazy is close. I prefer to save gas if at all possible and I have to burn at least $5 to go to Gamestop. $5 isn't a lot, I know, but I'll take the $5 savings on a game purchase. Yes, I can just order a game online .. but then to get it the day it comes out, it's another $10. Oh well, for most games, it's not a big deal.. but I do love Mass Effect 2.

    I just also recently purchased and am loving Magna Carta 2 (Hyung Tae-Kim is an awesome artist). However they had some downloadable content available the day it came out. I went ahead and downloading it, thinking it'd just be some cool weapon skins, plus it mentioned that it unlocks a couple of in-game movies. I go to try out the weapons and they are so overpowered that it was like just entering a "god-mode" cheat. I un-equipped them, because I enjoy a challenge along with a good story, instead of just feeling like I cheated my way through.. but geez, some downloadable content just makes games trivial. I like DLC that expands a story, adds new skins or costumes, etc. Cosmetic changes, maybe a few gameplay additions, etc. What I don't like is basically downloading a cheat-mode. /shrug
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    atomdrift , October 19, 2009 2:54 PM
    ssalimLooking at the picture, it seems like the game will have sex in it again. Of course, China will censor this out... possibly Germany too?

    The MPAA in North America are the ones who censor out sex, or even a nipple, while Germany is mature enough to leave that sort of stuff in the games, but censor our the gratuitous violence, instead. Apparently, the MPAA thinks violence is good for our kids and the human body is evil.
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    acecombat , October 20, 2009 6:17 AM
    salierimPlay it with Shepherd as a female

    How far through is it???
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    amg503 , October 28, 2009 7:59 AM
    acecombatHow far through is it???


    You don't have to play as the female Shepard. It's near the end of the game.