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Mass Effect is a blockbuster franchise with a legion of loyal followers, and certain pieces of information about Mass Effect 3 are on everyone's must-know list. What characters are returning? How will Shepard's choices affect the fate of the galaxy? However, some questions about the series go off the beaten path; they are born from an attention to detail, an affinity for speculation, and the will to thoroughly read the in-game codex. To get answers (or at least hints of answers) pertaining to these topics, we talked to Mass Effect 3's lead writer, Mac Walters. Some may dismiss the following interview as trainspotting, but dedicated Mass Effect fans are likely to learn a few tidbits of tantalizing info – and learn which storylines might resurface in the trilogy's conclusion. GI: Was the fact that Harbinger is a Reaper supposed to be a surprise at the end of ME2? It was presented like a reveal, but players (and Shepard) would have to be pretty dense to not have it figured out.Walters: No, it wasn't meant to be a surprise, but it was important that we make the connection clearly at the end of the game. The goal was to reveal just how close the Reapers were to returning to our Galaxy, and to foreshadow the fate of humanity if Shepard failed to stop them.
On the original cover of Mass Effect: Revelation, both of Saren’s arms appear normal. However, in the first game, one of them is clearly made from Geth/Reaper technology. Did this aspect of his design change during development?Good eye! It is common for most of our characters, especially those as important as Saren, to go through many revisions throughout the course of the game. And it's not just the visual concept – the voice, background, and even the gender of our characters can change (Saren got off lucky with just an arm change!). However, in this case, the difference is because we’re seeing Saren before he was indoctrinated and working with Sovereign (the time period for Revelation was about 18 years prior to the events of Mass Effect). Why do most of the Reapers we’ve seen so far have similar insect-like appearances? The human Reaper looked different, but otherwise it seems like the Reapers mainly build themselves out of bugs. Is that correct?The exterior of the Reapers does follow a similar pattern, an efficient design for the purpose they were created for. However each Reaper is created from a unique species, and as we saw at the end of Mass Effect 2, the core of each Reaper is designed in the likeness of that species.
In ME 2, Conrad Verner seems to the think that Shepard held a gun to his face, even if players chose the paragon option in ME 1. Was this just a glitch, or is there some story reason behind this?Well, it may have been a glitch, or maybe Conrad was just having an off day (even more off than usual). Stay tuned in Mass Effect 3 to see how Verner deals with this embarrassing misstep with Shepard.
Where is the Illusive Man physically located during the course of Mass Effect 2? What’s going on with that colorful cosmic display outside his window?The colorful cosmic display is a clue to the location of the Illusive Man, which I can't reveal. Not yet.
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could the original Reapers be based on the Keepers?
I was wondering about the background behind the Illusive Man too. Hopefully ME3 comes out soon. I hate these "you'll find out when the game comes out" answers that Bioware seems to love.
Good! They are talking complex storylines..not just combat and controls.
Been wondering about the whole Liara's father thing for a while now, *** you BioWare for not answering that!
I need this game to come out NOW!!! Otherwise, my head will explode!
This ties up loose ends.
I just want to know if Tali is still in this game. She better be.
I actually enjoyed Sovereign's character much more than Harbinger. Everything about him bled pure evil. His voice was insanely terrifying and the way he worded things, highly intelligent, and with the full confidence that he is some sort of a godlike figure who chooses our fate.
Harbinger was kind of lame.
"You FEEL THIS!"
Can't wait for this game!!!
Thanks for the Q&A. Any info that further explains the workings of the Mass Effect Universe is a win!
It's easy to know where the ellusive man is. There is a glitch for it. Just throw your Xbox into a bathtub of water, dry it off, then when you see the ellusive man in the game you can take control of shepard jump out the window and get a good look at your surroundings!
Can't wait for Mass Effect 3, i'm sure it will be great. Shame I got two of my team killed in ME2 though.
H_J_C I like your enthusiasm and I agree Mass Effect is ONE OF the greatest new franchises of this generation but I think there are some other fantastic games out there e.g. Uncharted series.
Mass Effect 3 is probably going to have a ton of revelations.
so we are given that there have been many different time periods and universes that the reapers have killed off. we know that they are a bio-hybrid machine that is able to think. anyone else think that the reapers could be the original universe/time period? also there was a star in ME2 that looked kinda like the one the illusive man was near. cant remember where though.
i cannot wait for this game
I mean, I knew all this was coming, but to read it just makes it more tangible. Now if only there were some giant exposition happening in about a 6-7 weeks at which BioWare could release some awesome new trailer/information/screenshots/etc. about Mass Effect 3... if only.
I can't wait to see how it all ends. Especially the story and romance. I'm made sure nobody on my team died in ME2 to see how they will take part in the third game.