BioWare is continuing its process of drip-feeding us some tasty Mass Effect 3 tidbits this week, with its latest info burst detailing the choices players have made during previous games and how they’ll affect events in Shepard’s sci-fi swansong.
Chatting to PC Gamer, project lead Casey Hudson used the example of exterminating the Rachni to illustrate just how things may play out.
“I think a way to think about it is if you made decisions early on, you’ll see them affecting this,” he explained. “And the decisions you might want to make that go against those prior things are gonna be harder. Killing the Rachni might present opportunities in Mass Effect 3 that you wouldn’t otherwise have, but if you don’t take those opportunities and you try and do something in opposition to that, then it would be harder for you than if you work with it.”
Hudson also noted that players who tuck into the vast array of side missions will likely reach a far more satisfying conclusion than those who apply a more barebones approach to tackling the game.
“If you just rip straight down the critical path and try and finish the game as soon as you can, and do very little optional or side stuff, then you can finish the game. You can have some kind of ending and victory, but it’ll be a lot more brutal and minimal relative to if you do a lot of stuff. If you really build a lot of stuff and bring people to your side and rally the entire galaxy around you, and you come into the end game with that, then you’ll get an amazing, very definitive ending,” he said.
Mass Effect 3 is due out in Q1 2012 for PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.