BioWare Reveals Mass Effect 2 Story Details

Electronic Arts fired over a press release revealing the plot points from the upcoming second installment of the Mass Effect trilogy. According to EA, players will once again assume the role of Commander Shepard and command a crew on a suicide mission in space to discover why humans are vanishing from the galaxy. Players will assemble the team from a variety of characters including mystics, geniuses, and convicts. Each selected character will have an impact on how the team will survive, ultimately paving a set course on how the game will conclude.

"The Mass Effect trilogy is an epic, action-filled saga with consequences that will carry through from chapter to chapter," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Group General Manager and Senior Vice President, Electronic Arts, and co-founder and CEO, BioWare. "Building out a diverse and loyal party is one of the features that makes the Mass Effect series quite unique. The characters Commander Shepard recruits are not only pivotal to the storyline, but essential to the player's overall success."

EA also said that a new character will be available: Grunt, a blood-hungry Krogan fighter who is violent and unpredictable. "Grunt has never faced true defeat," EA adds. "His unsurpassed physical strength makes him a strong asset to Commander Shepard's team, if he can be tamed, and if he can be trusted." Grunt is actually the second character to be revealed; EA previously unveiled Thane--a deadly assassin--back in June.

Mass Effect 2 is slated to hit the PC and Xbox 360 in early 2010.

  • SneakySnake
    Between Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age, Bioware is going to have PC busy starting in 2010
  • Don't forget Star Wars: The Old Republic, which might just be out in 2010.

    Amongst my fellow MMO-addicts it's something of the holy grail already.
  • steiner666
    yeah, with the Old Republic following soon after. it's like having a flood after how long of a drought in good PC RPGs?
  • And all BioWare.

    I would think that as far as the western hemisphere is concerned they're the number one RPG studio. I've tried to come up with a bad game they've made and came up short. In fact, I can't even come up with a mediocre game.

    No, I don't work for them in case anyone wants to know. :P
  • SamanuelMC
    Mass Effect 2 and Old Republic, man gonna have no time for Uni now.....
  • anamaniac
    I hope the PC port isn't complete junk...

    I liked the first game, so much that I even bought it after pirating it. nIf all goes well, maybe I'll do it again.
  • socrates047
    my friend is a major Star Wars fan, but after seeing the EPIC-NESS that is MassEffect, he bows down to bioware and all that is its goodness.
  • burnley14
    I am so excited for this game. If they can keep the greatness of the first and iron out some of the sticky spots (*ahem* 2 minute elevator rides *ahem*), I'm sold.
  • xsamitt
    Will it have limited installs?
  • amnotanoobie
    D_KuhnThe only problem with Mass Effect 1 was the crappy interface port to PC, ruined the immersion with it's weird non-fps control - still better than console but not as good as it could have been.
    I think they did a good job at porting it to PC compared to the likes of Rainbow 6 Vegas and GTA4, it didn't have any graphical or gameplay issues to my knowledge. Also I think the controls were good enough, mouse, WSAD, and the inventory key and I was all set.

    I guess you can't please everybody.