Wii U Mass Effect 3 will use interactive comic - Report

BioWare has revealed the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 will use the Dark Horse interactive comic to guide players through the Mass Effect prequels.

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BioWare has revealed that the upcoming Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 will use an interactive comic to give players the opportunity to get up to speed on the series' backstory and characters, and carry forward in-game decisions.

Wii U gamers will use a Mass Effect interactive comic to prepare for Mass Effect 3 on the console.

In an interview with GotGame, BioWare's Melanie Faulknor told the site that since Wii U owners will not be getting the first two Mass Effect games, a Dark Horse-created interactive comic will guide players through the first two titles and allow them to make story choices that will carry forward when they begin Mass Effect 3. No specific details were provided on how the story branching will work.

During the interview, Faulknor said the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 will be developed by an external third-party developer with previous Nintendo experience.

Last month, EA revealed that the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 will come bundled with the Extended Cut DLC; it was also revealed that BioWare is preparing new single-player DLC for the game, most likely centering on Commander Shepard.

The Wii U is due out worldwide this holiday season, but Nintendo has yet to announce a price or a release date for the console. Speculation regarding the platform's release window has ranged from November to December, and Nintendo has promised a "reasonable" price for the console.

Discussion

140 comments
igorphoenix
igorphoenix

"And carry forward in-game decisions" that doesn't make a difference in the end.

 

ThePrime091474
ThePrime091474

WiiU is a huge experiment. Nintendo has finally made a product with nextgen technology. I hope it's not as disappointing as the Kinect.

Spacerac
Spacerac

This is just making me wonder how the hell Wii U players (assuming they did not have a PC, Xbox or PS3) are going to catch up on Assassin's Creed 1 --> Revelations.

Ironfist66
Ironfist66

if the wii u version is the worst then you might as well put the ps3 mass effect 2 and 3 in the same boat because mass effect is missing on the ps3 the series works best when you take shepard from mass effect 1 all the way to ME3 am i wrong 

link108
link108

Who cares. Mass Effect sucks. Three games of pure trash all thanks to a crummy ending. Hope bioware burns in heck.

RulerofGondor
RulerofGondor

Why would anyone buy a clearly inferior version of the game on the Wii U for a much higher price?

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

but when it comes to some, like i who have played all 3 games... i made a female Shepard. so what if in the comic the guy is a male? that would be weird. how are they going to explain the sex change? 

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

This is going to be one of those impulse buys for people when they get a WiiU. They'll buy the console for whatever first party games come out at launch, but will then buy this or Arkham City because they've heard how great it is but haven't played it because they don't own a PC or a real console. 

victorlamy
victorlamy

MOST people who cares about ME probably played it. sure this'll sell but honestly guys, who here DON'T already have a ps360? probably not that much.

 

also by the time wii-u comes around you can get both for less than...$40(?)

-Jonce-
-Jonce-

Shame it couldn't be bundled with ME1 and 2 but the interactive comic is a great idea. I wonder how many players started with Mass Effect 2 without much of an idea what happened in the first game.

cbb1018
cbb1018

looks cool and i havent played the first mass effect yet so if i do end up getting a wii u i might get the mass effect 3 version for it......but when will that be?!?!

eddyoshi
eddyoshi

Seems like a good idea, but they will be missing out on the full thing. They will probably need to change the graphics quite a bit...

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

What about frame rate or improved textures.  It should have perfect 30 fps or higher even with texture improvements but I doubt this will happen instead it will be a "spend as little money and effort as possible" port.

snxx
snxx

 @mrzero1982pt2 Well, if they can raise a guy from the dead, they certainly can use mass effects technology to perform a retroactive sex-change surgery. Sure, that technology would NEVER be used to troll harmless citizens...

goggle1
goggle1

@Sgthombre What is this so-called "real console" you are referring to?

okassar
okassar

 @-Jonce- Many, and it's a shame. I finished the first game last week and it was absolutely fantastic. 

snxx
snxx

 @cbb1018 Really, man, go get Mass Effect 1: the shooter crowd prefer the streamlined combat and simple gameplay of Mass Effect 2 and 3 (which are good games on their own), but for the RPG fan, Mass Effect 1 is the best, you should play it.

spaceshipinc
spaceshipinc

 @Suikogaiden Um, considering that the wii u will come with the new controller and Nintendo introducing the pro controller, I don't think they will really tack motion controls onto me3. Frankly, I welcome the new controller because it will make it less likely for unnecessary motion controls to be added to games. Btw, if you think of the controller as a gimmick, I would consider it a gimmick that could hold it's own, and is frankly more useful and less distracting than motion control.

Sorry, I kinda went off on a tangent there... :P

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @Suikogaiden The same people that brought Wii and are planning on buying Wii U would FAIL at NES games. Games were alot more challenging back then.

snxx
snxx

 @Suikogaiden Don't generalize, kid. I've been playing videogames since "Pong" was considered a console (1st gen) and bought (or received as a gift, when I was little) 16 different consoles since then, and I'm planning to get a Wii U. I wouldn't call myself exactly a person who "don't know shit about video games". And you know why I'm getting a Wii U? Because I LOVE videogames. If you have the money to expend, most consoles in the history will have great games to play.

 

The 3DO was a failure? You bet! But it had the first Need for Speed (Electronic Arts was a good developer at the time) and Gex. Saturn was a failure? Kinda. But it had Panzer Dragoon Saga, Shinning Force III, Dragon Force... The Dreamcast was a failure? Almost. But it had Shenmue, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel #5. The Wii was a failure? NOT EVEN CLOSE. Granted, nowadays I play a lot more on my gaming PC and Xbox360, but I got to play Muramasa, Trauma Center, No More Heroes, Madworld, the definitive version of Resident Evil 4, Xenoblade Chronicles and much, much more on my Wii. And, I clearly remember, I got it for half the price I would've to pay for an Xbox360 (launch prices: Wii: U$250.00, Xbox360: U$500.00, PS3: U$600.00), it was pretty damn worthy, if you ask me.

 

Now, if you have to choose one console or another, that's fine, not everyone can afford to have all the next-gen consoles - and, actually, sometimes it may be quite redundant (for instance, if wasn't for Heavy Rain, God of War and bluray movies, my PS3 would still be sealed on it's box - but that's only 'cause I have the 360 and PC, I would use it much more otherwise, it's a fine console), I, for a very long time, wasn't able for have all of them. Still, that's not an excuse to generalize "that console sucks, bro!". A true gamers know how to appreciate the strengths of every platform. A true gamer is interested in the games and know every console will have something to offer. Heck, I may even get myself and OUYA, who know what will come for it?

 

Be a true gamer, give the Wii U a chance and respect, even if you (now) don't intend to buy one. I have a few reserves about it, but I'm also really curious about what it can do.

link108
link108

@Rifqi_Hb Fixed? What was fixed? They added allite info but left just as much unanswered. Don't get me started on the star child. Or how Anderson made it to the tower. Look I'm not saying mass effect wasn't good for like 99% of the time. The ending just left so much unanswered.

link108
link108

@JimmeyBurrows I didn't play all three in a row. Started with one and waited for each new one. However the crummy ending ruined it all. It's like if say in star wars darth vader just said in the return of the Jedi "hey let's just hug it out I'm sorry".

senhorb
senhorb

 @snxx apart from the joke, it is an interactive comic, meaning that you get to pick your gender, background and decide on some of the previous games main points. =]

 

so, unless you choose the wrong gender by mistake or want to "headcanon" a transgender shep, you should be fine.

okassar
okassar

 @snxx Seriously, they don't trust us with customizing our armor and weapons anymore. I had a good time in 1 getting a new weapon, looking at the story of the manufacturer, etc....

 

It's sort of like an NPC in Morrowind telling you "I believe it was slightly to the northwest, in a bushy area" then, in Skyrim "lol quick travel + direction indicator"

 

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

 @snxx Cannot agree more!  ME1 is, by far, the best one.  I hate the fact they went more shooter-heavy starting with ME2; if I want to play a sci-fi shooter, I'll go play Halo or Gears of War.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

 @LindBergh2007 "Your someone who just plays games for fun."

Best comment ever... lol. Just not a hardcore gamer unless you're bored to death everytime you start a game.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @snxx If I'm not mistaken, you used the EXACT same generalization about Wii.

link108
link108

@ThePrime091474 Did I enjoy all the games? Yes. Every minute up to the ending. I'm just saying that a bad ending can ruin the ride. Another analogy. Your riding the greatest roller coaster ever and right at the end the breaks slam so hard you bust your teeth on the bar. Did it mean the whole ride stank? No. But it did ruin your memory of the ride.

ThePrime091474
ThePrime091474

@link108 clearly you are refuting your own words "three games of pure trash". The game was made by its developers by their own artistic design. If that's how they wanted it to end, so be it. Mass Effect was an experience - the lore, the characters and their back-story. No game out there made me so emotionally attached than this one. Therefore, ME should not be purely judged by its ending.

link108
link108

@blue_francis14 @JimmeyBurrows Of course they do. But it's like going out to eat. Your waiter brings you this fantastic appetizer of steak and your like wow this is good. Then for the main course you get two mouth watering lobsters. Then as dessert is coming out under a silver tray, and you smell it's wonderful potential a big hairy biker punches you right in the grapes. Meal ruined.

senhorb
senhorb

 @Spartan_418 Taking from the interactive comic they did for the PS3 version of ME2, no, it won't even have most of the big ones. :(

 

But as far as choosing your gender goes, it would be dumb if they didn't put the option in. =]

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @senhorb In theory, yes. They haven't said exactly what level of interactivity the comic will have though, apart from the major story decisions.

 

ME 1 and 2 have over a thousand different story variables that can carry over to ME3, obviously the comic wouldn't include all of them.

Celsius765
Celsius765

 @LindBergh2007 I don't believe in currency exchange rates when it comes to prices nor do I believe in retailer estimated prices.I want exact pricee not estimated guesses

Celsius765
Celsius765

 @LindBergh2007 I expect cautious buyers this time around with a slurry of impulse buyers.Who instead of waiting till after launch to try the Wii U in store before buying. While its seeing better 3rd party support than Wii, we'll just have to wait and see Nintendo can maintain that support.I plan to wait a few months to see what it gets.I can only hope we aren't buried in shitty kids games. hell the wii was mostly kids games not really for casuals or hardcore really

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @Celsius765 No. I'm not trolling. I'm posting facts. Nintendo fanboys are expecting the same thing to happen what happened with Wii. But that won't be the case.

senhorb
senhorb

 @snxx  @stu-us111 Who else thinks it's fun to see lindbergh contradicting himself on whether or not we are allowed to have fun in games? \o/

 

 

snxx
snxx

 @stu-us111 Advice taken, stu-us111. Thank you. But I admit I was having some fun with the argument. :)

Celsius765
Celsius765

 @LindBergh2007 to make ,atters worst some developers are depending on the multiplayer aspect to get by and heavily neglecting the single player mode.As graphically amazing as these games are they keep getting shorter. Lately it feels like very few games are 30 hours long, or lack an amazing story.Hell as popular as COD is even it is feeling the strain

stu-us111
stu-us111

 @snxx

 I'd just ignore Lindburgh2007,  if I were you.

 

He's just a butt hurt TROLL who is bitter that Nintendo is still making consoles!

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @snxx I visit Gamasutra frequently. The problem being is that most developers currently have little access to new tech. They are speaking on a cry that Mircosoft and Sony get them new development kits for new console hardware(not knowing that Sony has no PS4 and that Mircosoft hasn't yet supplied beta kits for Durango. The gaming market has become TOO expensive,too gimmicky,too stagnated,too stale, and too un original. This is the same thing that happened during 1982-1983 prior to the Spring 1984 Video Game Crash, during those days, the market was over flooded with shovelware and knockoffs of popular franchises. F2P and Digital media is cut cutting, efficient and is cheap and easier to do. The fact of the matter is, is that most console hardware is PC based, if we were to return to from-the-ground up off the shelf computer hardware, games would cost less to produce.

snxx
snxx

 @LindBergh2007 Man, you know lots of your complaints are addressed exactly in some of the tittles I mentioned, right? More challenge? More Skill? More art? More story? More innovation? AAA games with face-melting graphics can be nice (lots of them are), but they're exactly one of the reasons why we're getting "more of the same" every year: it's too damn expensive to produce face-melting graphics, meaning AAA games are increasingly risky to make, slowing down innovation to a drag. You want innovation other the graphics alone? A great way to look for it is exactly in the niche, alternative market. Here, take a look at this article at GamaSutra, it's called "AAA games: What lies ahead?" and has a few thought provoking points. You don't need to agree entirely with what's said there, but it may present you a fresh perspective, which is always nice. The link is: ( http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/174972/ ). IMHO, "what's wrong with gaming today", other than the mentioned "lack for innovation" are far more urgent matters like: rampant DLC, blocking used/borrowed games and oppressive DRM. For starters.

PS: I don't like Minecraft either (I prefer it's "2D version" Terraria), but believe me: it's way, way more than a mini game. Don't dismiss it's relevance just like that.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @snxx Minecraft is a fan created mini game that PC and Android gamers play for its F2P use. It has absolutely nothing to do with gimmicks or having fun. All those other titles are examples of what's wrong with gaming today. People just want more of the same. No Challenge,No skill. No better technology, no art. 

snxx
snxx

 @LindBergh2007 Have you ever heard about Terraria? Minecraft? Lone Survivor? Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery? To The Moon? World of Goo? Gemini Rue? Cthulhu Saves the World? Hoard? Madworld? No More Heroes? Muramasa: The Demon Blade? Orcs Must Die? Beat.Trip.Beat? Botanicula? Machinarium? Fate of This World? Beat.Trip.Runner? Broken Sword? The Longest Journey? Pixel Junk Eden? Heck, do you even know there games around which doesn't even need consoles to be played? Shadows Over Camelot? Ticket to Ride? Settlers of Catan? Mall of Horror? Arkham Horror? Powergrid? Go play some more, kid. Of course Batman: AA and AC, GTV IV, Dead Space, Portal 2, Alan Wake and God of War are lots of fun, but there's much to than only the ultra-graphics-filled AAA games, "Mr. True Gamer".

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@snxx

You claimed graphics and hardware don't matter when they do. You claimed that people just play games to have fun, when games are about ART and talent. You defended all the terrible shovelware on the Wii and tried to call those who tired of Wii's weak library on their bluff.

 

If you still love Wii and STILL defend it, your no hardcore gamer. Your someone who just plays games for fun.

 

snxx
snxx

 @LindBergh2007 How so? Explain it to me, so I'll be able to clarify it. I love my Wii, even if I played it much more in the past then I do it now.