If there is one thing we are all expecting from Mass Effect 3, it’s the prospect of having the most emotional journey with Shepard yet. It became clear from the very start that there wasn’t going to be any middle ground in this epic conclusion of the trilogy. In the first gameplay that was released, we saw Shepard trying to coach a young boy out of a ventilation shaft as Anderson lead them through the ruins of Earth. He spoke kindly to the lad but the boy balked and disappeared, only to reappear later as Shepard reached the Normandy… If you know how this scene ends, I don’t have to elaborate and if you don’t, I’m not going to spoil it for you. It proves though that this sequel, which has been treated more like a movie by its writers than a game, will be intense. The idea was for new gamers to the franchise to be able to pick it up and play it through without feeling lost and for those who know the back story (ie – who have played the other 2 games) to be able to see what the consequences of their choices were. In a recent interview on Bioware Pulse’s Insider, Mac Walters – the lead writer on the franchise, discussed the process which he and the other writers have to go through to complete the game. He also stressed that in this game, we would be better able to express what our Shepard is feeling, to build on the emotion that the Commander is facing the galaxy’s hour of need and to explore the depths of it.
This is a wonderful idea, because the truth is that there are about as many different Shepards out there as there are people playing. This distinction comes at more than just the difference between the male and female Shepard. Every gamer knows what his or her Shepard is feeling whenever a decision has to be made. Because ultimately, this is still a role playing game and Walters stressed that they wanted to bring in the human element to show which emotions are at stake. There is no doubt that we will feel sorrow and joy and fear (and hopefully triumph) as we set out across this race against time to save the galaxy and rally everyone to war.
For the complete interview with Mac Walters, follow this lead.
Mass Effect 3 will be released on the 6th of March 2012 in North America and the 9th of March 2012 in Europa and the rest of the world.
Source: Bioware Pulse, 12/01/2011