Posted By Shaun K. about 9 months, 2 weeks ago
When Mass Effect 2 arrived on PS3, it was accompanied by a particular piece of DLC titled Mass Effect: Genesis. An interactive motion comic summarizing the events of Mass Effect 1, Genesis was meant to replace ME1 for PS3 players (owing to its nature as a Microsoft exclusive) and allow them to make some of the choices from the first game that were set to have a major impact on the series going forward. It was an elegant solution to an interesting conundrum and the Dark Horse produced comic was probably as good a substitute possible for ME1 short of the actual game itself. Certainly it was a well received release, to the point that BioWare eventually even released Genesis for PC and Xbox 360 as well.
So it was that when a port of Mass Effect 3 announced for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console sometime back, speculation immediately began about if BioWare would produce a new interactive comic for it as well. Now it seems that is indeed exactly what the company is planning to do as revealed in an interview that Assistant Localization Project Manager at BioWare Melanie Faulknor gave to gaming site GotGame. In the interview, Faulknor confirmed that the new comic would retell ME2 as well as ME1 and once again Dark Horse would be producing the comic. She also seemed to imply that it would be made from scratch as opposed to just being an enhanced version of Genesis. Faulknor did not address if there were any plans to eventually release this new interactive comic to other consoles ala Genesis.
It is worth nothing that Genesis did not allow players to make choices regarding the DLC for ME1 and the various optional missions also in that game. Considering how much more of the former their was for ME2, not to mention such aspects as who lives and who dies in the Suicide mission, it will be interesting to see what choices this new comic will actually allow. Faulknor also stated during the interview that Mass Effect 3 on Wii U was currently being developed by an external third party developer with previous Nintendo console experience. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of all Mass Effect related news and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.