Mass Effect 2 importing 'hundreds' of Mass Effect decisions

BioWare has been abundantly clear that its sci-fi space opera Mass Effect is destined to be a trilogy. With the Edmonton, Alberta-based developer debuting the first trailer for Mass Effect 2 in February, BioWare indicated that it would be wise for those who had completed the original to hang onto...

BioWare has been abundantly clear that its sci-fi space opera Mass Effect is destined to be a trilogy. With the Edmonton, Alberta-based developer debuting the first trailer for Mass Effect 2 in February, BioWare indicated that it would be wise for those who had completed the original to hang onto their saved-game files.

In a recent interview with PC World, BioWare lead producer Casey Hudson confirmed what many assumed this advice implied: Decisions made in the original Mass Effect will impact how Mass Effect 2's storyline unfolds.

"When you're playing the first game, everything that you do is setting a variable so that as the story progresses we know that you did a certain thing on a certain planet, and then internal to the game, we can reference those things," Hudson said. "Your Mass Effect save game contains all of that information. When you import it into Mass Effect 2, now we can continue mining all that information."

Hudson went on to note that even minor decisions made in Mass Effect will impact events in Mass Effect 2. "It's not just what your ending was, or a couple of the big choices, you know, where we could have stuck a conversation at the beginning and asked you what you did and moved on," he continued. "This is literally hundreds of things."

"The save game has every variable that you've set as a player, and as we delve into the detail levels of things like actual words that are spoken, art that appears in levels, sounds and music and subtle things as such...those can all be looked at, and how they comprise the world of each sequel can be affected by your choices in the prior ones," he went on to say.

Mass Effect 2 is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PC before the end of EA's current fiscal year, which runs through March 31, 2010. Check out GameSpot's previous coverage for more information on Mass Effect 2.

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Ryujin_Jakka
Ryujin_Jakka

Im installing Mass Effect 1 as i write this, wanna make "perfect game" save, i hope choices like killing wrex, choosing between keidan and that girl. and choices u make at game ending will have some nice effect in second game.

Wolf24840
Wolf24840

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italiano72
italiano72

@ 64316431 I'm sure you can play it anyway but I strongly advise you to buy it or rent it....personally I'm going to play it again as the default Shepard and be a good guy.....because the first time around I customized it to look bad ass and I did some sick s**t....time to clean up my act :D

64316431
64316431

What if you've not played the original??

siarhei
siarhei

I have 3 different characters, 6 different playthroughs.. Can't wait to see how it's all going to play out!

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

BioWare is addressing almost every flaw or shortcoming of ME1 (which was an awesome RPG btw) in ME2. The planetary exploration, party mechanics, NPCs and what-not. Plus, I always dreamt a kind of "impact of your decisions" to be drawn onto in sequels. Great job BioWare. Can't wait to play this game next year!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

bah, I "lost" all my save games and just recently sold my copy of Mass Effect! >: ( not pleased

yamahaman91
yamahaman91

bio ware has addressed the "hollow" feel of me1. they are making the npc's seem more alive by setting them into routines that they do through the day (ala oblivion) and better animation (more fluid). though i hope they fix the male characters, they all look like a stereotypical 90's action star.

cartercity2005
cartercity2005

Awesome game. Can't wait. The only thing that sucks is that they gave away one of the endings but I loved ME1 and ME2 looks that much better.

rgsniper1
rgsniper1

So what if you're half way through as the opposite of what you enjoy playing as? I have beaten the game as a Paragon and then I'm about half way through it again as a Renegade... I'm wondering how my game is going to transfer over?

topsemag55
topsemag55

Sure am glad I kept all of my saved games.:)

THEB0YWH0LIVED
THEB0YWH0LIVED

Mass Effect was kind of hollow, for some reason even though they put so much emphasis on very good facial expressions and more it still felt very cold. And Mass Effect 2 doesn't look any different, the only thing they seem to be talking about is combat, and I don't think they need to talk about story that much before the game, but I'd like they're to be better relationships and more people to have them with. I sure hope you can customize your character better or at least have some better looking male choices, they are all so badass and ugly that I just chose to be a girl.

DemonRaptor
DemonRaptor

I guess I'm the only one who felt like ME1 was a hollow experience.

Zingoe1
Zingoe1

Thats pretty impressive if they pull it off

Sillybanana
Sillybanana

i love how he had to clarify that one ending would result in Shepard dying....PERMANENTLY. i guess that makes zombie mass effect a no go

funnysplay
funnysplay

I just beat the first, i thought it was all around a pretty good game. It had awful texture poping though. This new one should hopefully fix that.

mbashour
mbashour

hm, maybe i shouldn't have killed every NPC...oh well ill just have to play through ME again

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

Is it just me or is Mass Effect like the only game in years if not ever to totaly suck you in and make you feel like you actually are in space.I have both systems and like them equally,but Microsoft has an absolute peach on their hands here!I won't sleep a wink till 2010!

Lordzalla
Lordzalla

mass effect is easily becoming one of the xbox360's best titles when this game comes out people will be playing it for a long time

bluenosepunk
bluenosepunk

I'm so stoked for this one!The first one took total control of my life.What a gem!

biagio55
biagio55

Barighm: gears of war and mass effect are really different games. its not a tps its an rpg. mass effect focused on story and characters not gunplay

flip_flop_
flip_flop_

I wonder how much of an impact some of the choice will make, the minors ones, and if it will effect the game in superficial ways or make it harder, more stressing or make some options void. Hmm.

gnial
gnial

Sounds good, If they really deliver this, RPG games will evolve in a very interesting way. But I wonder if they will make this right. For instance: SPOILERS Your decision of letting the council die or rescue them will define the political landscape of ME2?

eschaeron
eschaeron

To Phaselinear: I saw somewhere that only your choices get carried over, not your level (which, somehow, makes sense)

Go_Away_Kid
Go_Away_Kid

This feature sounds awesome, I've picked ME back off the shelf, dusted it off, and slid it into the 360. I can't wait for ME2...

pakhair
pakhair

This thing was announced far before, It's just that they properly announced it this time....... It is a great feature, Which I'll love, Hope more games do things like this........

Phaselinear
Phaselinear

The bigger question is for us people who completed the game to level 60 for every character. I want to know if my character(s) of level 60 will begin the game at 60, or will I be stuck at level 1 with only my choices of ME 1 being started with...etc.

Barighm
Barighm

Sure hope the extra time they spent working on this makes it a lot better. But what about people who didn't complete Mass Effect? How will that affect the ME2? For me, ME played like an incredibly ugly and finicky version of Gears of War, so I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I'm sure they will fix that, but if ME2 will lack a lot of depth because I couldn't stand the mistakes they made in the first...why bother?

joeborg14
joeborg14

This could potentially make for an amazingly deep and consequential sequel to ME. If this works, it will create some incredible replay value. And just think, the level of complexity increases exponentially for the third game of the series. If consequences carry over as well from the second to the third game, we could have radically different universes from one character file to the next. Then again, think how much work that would take for Bioware to meticulously craft every possible minor detail into these three games. I'm not saying that they couldn't do it, but think about how much time and resource power would be required for that kind of momentous undertaking. Kudos to them if they are planning to do that. It'll be one of the most epic and rewarding achievements of all time.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Hey, maybe I can finish some of those missions I missed because I couldn't dock my friggin' ship at the space port halfway through the game! :P

bschroth
bschroth

Can't wait to play. I still need to go back and play as a jerk so I can have two different ways to play part two.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I would assume each time you clear the game the clear data gets saved off and you can continue from that data. I noticed that after I cleared the game with one of my characters twice I could start another game from either clear data. This just made every tedious mission that more interesting. Imagine if you left unethical researchers alive, or sided with the renegade crime lords... it all continues on. I have a feeling seeing everything I want to see in ME2 is going to be impossible... which is great! I'm going to be able to replay these quite a bit.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

LOL...this is the way thihngs were decades ago...Ultima serries for a while as well as Bioware RPG's (Bauldersgate, Icewind) your entire party could be carried over. I'm very glad to see save game carry overs making a comeback!

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Wait, do you just need your game save or do you need the Clear data?

Lexxurious
Lexxurious

Using saved game files from a previous game is a nice idea, hopefully more games will utilize it.

Beastcake
Beastcake

RPG/Action Game of the Year?

SuperIntendent
SuperIntendent

I think Shenmue for Dreamcast did this if you played Shenmue 2. Not as in depth though, but your skills and such carried on.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

That is awesome. Have any other games done this??

ldonyo
ldonyo

I might have to get the PC version and play through this again!

cyborg100000
cyborg100000

Can't wait for this game, it's like KotOR but with a more fun combat system. For me anyway.

william623
william623

meet you there! Sherpard! take your Spectre - Master Gear first waiting for me!!!

Gothika707
Gothika707

damn deleted my saved games good for me i always wanna rolled a vanguardXD

navyguy21
navyguy21

good lord, this game will be awesome!!! :D

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

Game number 3 involves the team mates crying for Shepard the entire game. ;) That would be a first and funny as hell. Not to mention pissing off a lot of people.