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Second Mass Effect DLC Pack Detailed by BioWare; Saved Games to Carry Over to Sequel

The combat-centric theme of the next Mass Effect DLC pack was revealed by BioWare in a documentary included with the recent release of the Mass Effect Platinum Hits edition.

"We had something in Mass Effect 1 which we didn't have the time and we didn't think we would do well enough, which is a fight club arena," said principal lead designer Preston Watamaniuk in the video.

"We wanted to be able to give people a much more combat-oriented, lighter-story kind of experience," said project director Casey Hudson. "You're going to go to kind of a casino, gaming, fight club space station."

The developers also dropped a few details on the anticipated Mass Effect sequel.

"Any save game that you make from Mass Effect 1, you should be able to carry that same character into Mass Effect 2," noted Hudson.

Said Hudson of the anticipated sequel: "In the second game, you're actually going to go through a darker period where you're really looking for answers... there are a lot of twists and turns, and it's generally a much darker experience."

From The Chatty
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    February 16, 2009 11:21 AM

    Sweet. Keep bringing on the content. I love the Mass Effect universe.

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      February 16, 2009 11:24 AM

      Also, I wonder what all will be transferred between 1 and 2. Does this include armor and weapons? Your skill sets? Or just your character name and portrait.

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        February 16, 2009 11:27 AM

        Well, you could use the same character that you beat the game with to start a new one, stats and weapons as well. So I'm thinking the same can be done too. Playing through the second time with the same character and inventory was pretty awesome.

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        February 16, 2009 11:28 AM

        There's a few major choices in there that, if they're daring (and badasses) they could carry through the entire trilogy - Ashley/Kaiden, Wrex, and possibly even the Council itself.

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          February 16, 2009 11:35 AM

          It certainly will be interesting to see how they continue on the trilogy, especially after reading the two novels as well. I'm just going to guess right now the second game will deal with Gillian's further tapping into her biotic capabilities, with Cerberus chasing after her. And then later on dealing with the Migrant Fleet's attempts to control the Geth through the Reapers, as Saran did.

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        February 16, 2009 1:26 PM

        This is an older article and might not still be the case, but Bioware hints at how choices you made in the first game would affect things in the sequel.

        I doubt armor, weapons, levels or many skills would carry over, unless they have ways around you not breaking the game from being unstoppable at the start. Perhaps new characters are brought up to a higher level to match that? I could see stuff like your paragon or renegade alignment continuing though.

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          February 16, 2009 3:17 PM

          Was it BG2 that you started at a higher level and could bring your char from BG1 in to it.

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            February 16, 2009 3:26 PM

            GOD, I love BG 2. Dammmmmmmit. Wanna play it again...!

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            February 16, 2009 4:14 PM

            I think you just created a character of that level if you didn't have a save. I think the main benefit was you got to keep some of the nice gear from your old character (which was quickly outclassed) plus obviously your exact build

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            February 16, 2009 4:20 PM

            Yeah, it was a nice feature, although as mentioned above much of the loot in BG2 and especially it's add-on were vastly superior.

            Besides, BG2 had lots of new classes to try so people were probably more likely to start a new character first time around than use their old one.

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            February 17, 2009 1:16 AM

            Damned straight. I brought over my fighter-turned thief backstabber from BG1. 18/00 strength, max short sword specialization, max backstab multiplier, baby!

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      February 16, 2009 11:27 AM

      I feel like when you've been able to carry a character over before, instead of getting his entire skillset you get a bonus amount of experience or something. They can't have you start at much of a higher level than a new character or the game would be too easy, and the first game was already too easy.

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      February 16, 2009 11:57 AM

      have you read the books yet. the first book is a prequel to the game detailing anderson and saren's past connection that is alluded to in the game and sets up the story for the game. 2nd novel is supposed to set up for the 2nd game and has been out since august

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        February 16, 2009 12:06 PM

        Yep, they were both pretty decent. I read the first Mass Effect novel a good five months before the game actually launched I was so excited for it, heh. The second one does indeed set up the second game. I mentioned about it will probably deal with Cerberus and Grayson's eventual clash (would not be surprised to see Grayson become a main party character in the second game), Gillian's further development of her super-biotic capabilities, and the Migrant Fleet's search for the Reaper Fleet in order to control the Geth much like Saran did through Sovereign.

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        February 17, 2009 12:31 AM

        Why couldn't they make THIS a DLC :(

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      February 18, 2009 6:12 PM


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