Bioware released a Mass Effect 2 trailer to the public yesterday that had previously only been shown to members of the gaming press. The trailer, which you can view below, reveals quite a bit of information about what the developer is hoping to do with Mass Effect 2.
Several Bioware developers explained the “suicide mission” that will be the final story task in Mass Effect 2, and how it influences the rest of the game. It is confirmed that one of the true endings in the game will involve Commander Shepard, the game’s protagonist, dying permanently. To read more about this unique part of Mass Effect 2, be sure to read Gamer Syndrome’s article on Mass Effect 2’s merging of gameplay and narrative.
Also shown in the trailer was the new system for space exploration, which Bioware claims will be much more varied and challenging than the generally tedious and repetitive exploration of uncharted planets in the first Mass Effect. The Normandy will no longer travel instantaneously from star system to system, as it will instead consume fuel and make players think about where they can and should go in the galaxy. Individual planets can be scanned to find an ideal landing location. During this segment Bioware showed video from a lush jungle planet, presumably an uncharted one.
Mass Effect 2 is scheduled for an early 2010 release date on the Xbox 360 and PC platforms.
Article from Gamersyndrome.com