It's Old Flames Only in Mass Effect 3, Says BioWare [UPDATED]

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It's Old Flames Only in Mass Effect 3, Says BioWare [UPDATED]

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Your romantic choices may come back to haunt you, says Mass Effect 3's project leader.

If you've been waiting for just the right man/woman/flying jellyfish to come along in the Mass Effect series, then prepare to be disappointed, because BioWare says that it isn't adding any new love interests to the third game.

Casey Hudson, executive producer and project lead for Mass Effect 3 said that none of the game's new characters were part of the series' romantic subplots. Instead, all the love interests would come from the first two games, and there would be consequences if the player had been unfaithful. "A lot of people had romances with [the] characters [from Mass Effect 2], and now the fun is bringing back some of those characters from Mass Effect 1 and putting them back in the mix, and looking at what you did in Mass Effect 2 and bringing some ... interesting scenarios around those things."

Hudson said that there was actually a large amount of data to keep track of across the previous two games, as the relationship statuses weren't just binary, yes/no, deals. In both games, there was the opportunity for the player to pursue multiple romantic options before making his or her final choice, and these would all be taken into account. He also said that the romance options taught players to take the decisions they made more seriously. "Sometimes when we do certain things, it makes players realize what kinds of things are possible," he said. "So ... if you had a Mass Effect 1 romance [and] you stay true to the character from the first game, there's a scene where you look at the picture of that character, and that's essentially the romance scene in Mass Effect 2."

"I think when people realized that we were thinking about that kind of thing," he continued, "and that we were going to reflect those kinds of decisions, then it's like 'Wow, the game actually knows that I didn't cheat on my Mass Effect 1 love interest. So if it knows that, then it probably knows other stuff that it will reflect. Then that means I need to think about that stuff [when] talking to characters and making decisions and the like.'"

Hudson has said in the past that there were hundreds of different permutations of the Mass Effect story. Some of them will likely pass under the radar, but the choices made in the romance subplots are going to have repercussions that players will notice. Players will probably enjoy them though, because like Hudson says, even if they're on the awkward side, they're going to be interesting. Does anyone else have the urge to romance Ashley and Jack, just to see the fireworks when they meet?

Mass Effect 3 comes out for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC early next year.

Update: According to Hudson, there will be new love interests in Mass Effect 3. What's more, they will finally add lesbian and gay options, something that was notably absent in Mass Effect 2.

Hudson said on Twitter that the idea that there were no new romantic possibilities in Mass Effect 3 was based on "an oversimplification" of an answer he gave over a month ago. The discrepancy between the two answers, he said, was simply a product of the game evolving over time.

Source: PC Gamer

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Well at least this means that the previous possible love interests will at least show up in the game. (Provided you haven't had them killed.)

Edit: Also now people can leave Bioware alone about not including same sex relationships in their games.

Aint this actually old news? (xcept for the no new romance part, that surprised me).
Also, will Kelly be an "actual" romance in ME3?

Oh great, I'm doomed :P Now I have to decide between Liara and Jack :P

Harbinger_:
Well at least this means that the previous possible love interests will at least show up in the game. (Provided you haven't had them killed.)

Well, that was determined from day 1.

Always faithful to Liara.

In all playthroughs.

I tried to do an Ashley game with my first male Shepard but it felt so wrong I never finished the playthrough.

That works....if you played Mass effect 1 and 2. Might lose the effect if someone decided to skip directly to Mass effect 3.

Other than that, it looks promising if people doesn't do another Metacritic bomb because of 1 or 2 details.

"Does anyone else have the urge to romance Ashley and Jack, just to see the fireworks when they meet?"

One of my Shepards did exactly that. ;)

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: an epic catfight for the ages.

While this certainly seems interesting (although only the "no new romances" is news to me), I am still somewhat cynical now when Bioware talks about having choices and consequences. There has been very little evidence in Mass Effect so far, and don't get me started on Dragon Age 2.

Here is hoping they live up to their word this time around, this series is great and I want it to end on a positive.

Liara and my Shepard will be fine. I already guessed that ME3 would consider this, and didn't progress with any romances on ME2. It was tempting, since Liara was all crazed about the Shadow Broker and just blew Shepard off before the DLC.

Well this isn't going to end well for me. I pretty much went for building all options and decided at the last minute in both games, and I didn't stay true to the first game's choice (mainly because she acted like she did), so... yea. That kinda sucks to be me. I foresee my Shepard getting yelled at a lot.

Of course, to be fair, I chose Tali the second time and Liara the first. And, had the option been there, I would have chosen Tali in the first or continued my romance with Liara in the second. It's not like I really had much of a choice.

And now I'm explaining myself to imaginary people...

I don't remember who I chose first time at all... probably Ashley.

Anyway, I'm sticking with Tali if I have to make a choice, that's for sure :3

I struggled so much with the decision between Miranda and Tali. On the one hand, Miranda is amazingly hot, but on the other... MAYBE I'LL SEE WHAT A QUARIAN LOOKS LIKE

Chose Tali, and goddamnit, I knocked over my drink I was so annoyed.

Garrus stayed loyal, Kaiden did not. I hate to say this Kaiden, but we were through the moment you abandoned me in ME2. As for you Liara, you were just a consolation prize when I couldn't have Tali.

Random Argument Man:
Other than that, it looks promising if people doesn't do another Metacritic bomb because of 1 or 2 details.

I can almost guarantee this will happen no matter what state the game releases in.

And I'll shake my head disappointingly as always as I enjoy playing whatever gets bombed.

romances in two were awkward, apart from tali. 1 wasnt much better, but it was a lil better. didnt like how miranda was basically bait for the eyes, since her character is very unlikeable

I'm actually quite glad there. makes it easier and you wont be thinking "ah wish I hadnt made that choice in ME1!" like it was in 2.

Ashley FTW!!

Now I just need to erase that Miranda incident.

Oh good grief, i couldn't keep away from liara in the first game if i tried but i was only faithful in one playthrough of ME2. every other one was with garrus or tali, great. If the universe explodes because of this i'm going to have a fit.

Oh good. I thought it was ANOTHER game where Shepard can betray his love partner with 12 different females in one evening...

Well, I killed off my ME1 love interest (Ashley) so I'm probably in the clear. And hopefully Tali isn't too sick from post-coitus.

How...scandalous teehee

Can't wait for all the delicious catfighting between Miranda and Liara.

That's bullcrap. I want more lovin'!!

this sounds awesome, what would fantastic if shepard was randomly in a bar/club (has thats where he/she always ends up at one point) doing that damned cheesy dance (cant find a vid to embed) when it all kicks off....

I wanted to stay loyal to Liara but couldn't as she didnt do anything until the expansion so had Tali instead. That will be an interesting cat fight, biotics vs robotics. Besides I would have had Tali in the first game but I am pretty sure thats not possible?

Radoh:
Garrus stayed loyal, Kaiden did not. I hate to say this Kaiden, but we were through the moment you abandoned me in ME2. As for you Liara, you were just a consolation prize when I couldn't have Tali.

and yeah seriously in a other instance of playthrough Ashley pretty much told me to piss off in ME2 as I was with cerberus and the "good" option didnt do squat even though she was my main squeeze in ME1. Can't get jealous if your the one that walked away from me? Please let that be a response :p

This actually seems like its for the better. Shepard romancing a third party member during the reaper invasion wouldn't make much sense.

Random Argument Man:
That works....if you played Mass effect 1 and 2. Might lose the effect if someone decided to skip directly to Mass effect 3.

Other than that, it looks promising if people doesn't do another Metacritic bomb because of 1 or 2 details.

Who skips to the end of a trilogy? And anyone who does can't take issue with "missing" the story.

Legion:
While this certainly seems interesting (although only the "no new romances" is news to me), I am still somewhat cynical now when Bioware talks about having choices and consequences. There has been very little evidence in Mass Effect so far, and don't get me started on Dragon Age 2.

Here is hoping they live up to their word this time around, this series is great and I want it to end on a positive.

Anyone would think that tying up every single loose end from the first game in the second game would be genius in a trilogy.

Abedeus:
Oh good. I thought it was ANOTHER game where Shepard can betray his love partner with 12 different females in one evening...

huh?

Good news actually, this way they'll focus on existing characters
I wonder what will I say to Ashley about Tali.

Maybe something like:Honey can you please forgive me, after all I'm a man for God's sake.You left me alone...in the dark.Half the time i was bunked inside the ship with dat ass and them hips...I just couldn't ressist.

Wow this is really impressive for a series to draw on data from your old game for the new one. I may not enjoy playing the Mass Effect games but this kind of thing is a great direction for series gaming (even if they only remember how my character is customised!)

Fine with me, I stayed faithful to Liara.

I can't see my playthrough of leaving Liara for Garrus (before I had the DLC) going over too well. And for one of my current ones I was actually thinking about choosing Jack after Ashely. I think I'll stick with it just to see the epic fight.

Although now I kind of wish that I hadn't read this, as it's bound to influence my choice of love interest now.

Ah well, I only settled for Liara in the first place to have someone to hold as I cried myself to sleep, because Ashley wasn't interested in my female Shepherd and Kaiden was just a big tool.

Luckily, the person I decided to pursue in ME2 was also the most temporary. Thane will surely be dead by the third game (narrative inertia demands), just in time to take solace in Liara's arms once again. Especially since she's had her own drell mis-adventure in the meantime. Perfect!

Hehe, I just had the ultimate thought.

I romanced Ashely as a Femshep in ME1. Then Romanced Garrus in ME2. And BioWare stated that cheating will have consequences.

And cheating on Ashely... with Garrus!! Boy, Ashley is going to be Mega-Mega Pissed....I'm gonna have to hide for the entire of ME3....

So they do intend to retcon previously straight characters into bisexuals.Lame Bioware.very lame.

When Shepard turned to that picture looked at it unflinching for a hard moment and then walked out to face what she had to assume could be her death...

It really sank in again, I knew where Liara was, I spoke to her... Yet, there I was at the end.

And she wasn't there with me that time.

I was already glad I stayed faithful to Liara, and more so when Shadow Broker came out, and now a third time.

manythings:

Random Argument Man:
That works....if you played Mass effect 1 and 2. Might lose the effect if someone decided to skip directly to Mass effect 3.

Other than that, it looks promising if people doesn't do another Metacritic bomb because of 1 or 2 details.

Who skips to the end of a trilogy? And anyone who does can't take issue with "missing" the story.

-People who are cheap.
-People who thinks that the last version must have the better gameplay.
-People who assumes that the backstory will be explained to them.
-People who didn't finish the 1rst or 2nd but want to give the 3rd a shot.
-In the case of the PS3, I don't think the betrayals work (unless they give you an option in the Mass effect 2. I haven't played that version).

Must I go on?

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