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Mass Effect 2: The Wraps Are Off With First Trailer

BioWare has kicked off the PR cycle for their next sci-fi RPG with a bang. Check out the first teaser trailer and concept artwork.

BioWare just sent out a quick email suggesting we visit MassEffect.com, and when I did, well, I was greeted by this first teaser trailer for none other than Mass Effect 2. And before you watch it, let me just say this is how you do a damn teaser trailer.


  



OK, how exciting is that? Tension building...admirable service record...alien buddies...all good so far...SHEPARD KILLED IN ACTION...GETH WEARING N7 TAG...WHAT THE HELL?! Bravo, BioWare. Way to turn my expectations right on their pretty little head. I didn't think I could be more interested in the sequel than I already was, but there you go. I wonder how this jives with the recent news that you can import your original Mass Effect save game into the sequel? What do you think this trailer means for the series' storyline?

The site is getting absolutely slammed at the moment, so if you can't access it, I've also nabbed the two concept art wallpapers posted along with the teaser.


Discuss!

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Posted by Brad
BioWare just sent out a quick email suggesting we visit MassEffect.com, and when I did, well, I was greeted by this first teaser trailer for none other than Mass Effect 2. And before you watch it, let me just say this is how you do a damn teaser trailer.


  



OK, how exciting is that? Tension building...admirable service record...alien buddies...all good so far...SHEPARD KILLED IN ACTION...GETH WEARING N7 TAG...WHAT THE HELL?! Bravo, BioWare. Way to turn my expectations right on their pretty little head. I didn't think I could be more interested in the sequel than I already was, but there you go. I wonder how this jives with the recent news that you can import your original Mass Effect save game into the sequel? What do you think this trailer means for the series' storyline?

The site is getting absolutely slammed at the moment, so if you can't access it, I've also nabbed the two concept art wallpapers posted along with the teaser.


Discuss!

Posted by SpaceKangaroo

Past saves = Past Characters :f (alien races playable) ?
Hope so :p

Posted by MKHavoc

I'm really excited about this game.  Hopefully it comes out sometime this year.

Posted by BinaryDragon

that is cool

Posted by Zebadee

yes....YES....YES!!!

Posted by SuperMooseman

I suppose this means I better finish the first game.

Posted by Bunnyman

Still hoping to play to play the first game someday. (My rig can only handle games from the absolute earliest part of this millennia.)

Posted by Kevviper

Damn, they do know how to do a teaser.  Lets just hope this game fixes some of the flaws of the first.

Posted by spiceninja

Shepard dead?!?!?!?!?!? So who are we going to play as? I'm excited!

Posted by Scratch

OMG, killed in action. Now that was unexpected.

Edited by Standing_Gopher

Hell of a teaser for what's going to be one hell of a game.

Posted by Gearhead

Color me hyped.

Edited by MackGyver

I am TOTALLY PSYCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by IceColdGamer

Interesting. I'm excited.

Posted by Xelloss

I hope its bigger and better with less texture popping then the first!

Posted by Matte_G

Ok so I grind to level 60 because I'm told I will be able to move my save to Mass Effect 2


Tell me HOW DOES A DEAD LEVEL 60 SOLDIER HELP ME IN THE SEQUEL

I'm totally bummmed by this........
Posted by Lilarcor

Holy shit, I did not see that coming. Either it's a serious fakeout or I'm going to have to grieve for my Shepard. At least if we have to create a new character I can make my Paragon character a biotic user instead of a soldier this time around.

Posted by AllThatBacon

I'd say....that was pretty.... AWESOME!

Posted by natetodamax

KILLED IN ACTION? WAT!?

Posted by Chewii101

Holy Crap! This just makes the wait for Mass Effect 2 even more unbearable......come on Bioware hurry!!!

Posted by Red

Whether Shepard is only appearing to be killed in action or if he actually was KIA, I do not know. I kinda want to be able to make a new character though. I wasn't much of a fan of Shep's "I'm total military" voice. I usually play more of a mercenary in choice games. Still, whichever way it goes I'm hyped.

Posted by ShiroMe

Do you know what this means? THAT'S RIGHT!!!

Posted by Kaineda77

Maybe Shepard is like Jack Bauer, officially killed in action, but unofficially...he felt generous and gave away his fancy space suit

Posted by Pibo47

SHEPARD is not fucking dead! I will not buy into that bullshit! NO NO NO NO NO NO! I cant wait for this fucking game!!! AHAHGHRUGHRiuhgoierhgoettoiwrdhng rugols. WHERES SHEP MAN!!! This is the best teaser i have ever seen. I hope shepard is not dead though.

Posted by WizardHowl

Cereberus. I read the second book.

Posted by TheHBK

oh wow. now i am actually interested again.  I played the first one and found it to be great but the gameplay seemed to be lacking for me, though the story was great.  I am guessing as well that your past save just incorporates elements and decisions from your last game.  Or maybe, shepard fakes her death when they find out she had alien lesbo sex to go underground and find a way to stop the invasion of the machines.

Posted by Big_Fact_Hunt

I'm on a second play through with sentinel class. Waiting for the upcoming PC patch before carrying on with it though. I don't think I'll take the 'Shepard is dead' bait just yet - Don't fear the Reapers! Kill 'em all!

Posted by Death_Unicorn

IVE BEEN TURNED ON!

Posted by Roger_Klotz

Jesus Christ on ice skates...I'm so excited for this game!

Posted by Afroman269

WAAAAAT!!!!??? How would Shepard be dead if you can pretty much port him to the next game via Mass Effect 2 save file?

Posted by TwoOneFive

still havent played the first....ugh!

Posted by Seram

Ohhhhhhh snaps.

Edited by Karmum

I do fucking want.

Afroman269 said:

"WAAAAAT!!!!??? How would Shepard be dead if you can pretty much port him to the next game via Mass Effect 2 save file?
"

Guys relax, there is probably some backstory on how he got lost or something. Remember the ending to Halo 3? Master Chief didn't die.
Posted by JPO375

what!!!!!!!!!!! hes dead!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dots

That was... Pure awesomeness!

Posted by Seram

And people, seriously. You guys are like the most black and white viewing people ever. He's not dead. It's called a teaser.

Posted by Double0hFor

NOOOOOOOOOOO MY GUY WAS WAY TOO GOOD TO BE K.I.A...................so much for level 60 :'(

ps still MAD EXCITED OMGOMG MY HEAD IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE!!

Posted by Bertmasta

hell shepard aint dead, its all a ploy, dont believe anything you are told in early teasers, shepards death will be part of the story, believe me he aint dead, why the hell would they show his death so prominently

Posted by AndrewB

I'm just glad to see any news about Mass Effect 2, because that means the game is coming along. Either Shepard really is dead (I'm sure this isn't the case, but just keeping an open mind) and your import data will only include information about your actions and perhaps the NPCs, or obviously someone wants to make it look like Shepard was killed. I'm actually kinda hoping it would be the dormer, because that would give you an excuse to start a character from scratch, while also maintaining any of the game-changing decisions you made.

Posted by Kiemoe

I'm expecting a dissapointing "Shepard is dark and mysterious and everyone thinks he's dead and oh my god this is turning into a Splinter Cell" but it would be funny if after getting a bunch of players to level up their characters Bioware slaps them in the face and says "hey we imported your Shepard, he looks good in that casket." Wait, did Bioware say that you could import just your character's looks or his stats too?

Posted by RIP_Icewood

That teaser was sick. I got both the concept wallpapers, their awesome!

Posted by Buscemi

Bu the gods let me play this game. Fast as fuck.

Posted by Pazy

I need to finish Mass Effect now, too bad everytime I try to I have to fight the same boss and get 1 hit killed by a respawning enemy :|

Posted by Tomorrowman

Ummmm.....hellz yes?  Gotta play it again seeing as my clear save was on my fried hard drive.

Posted by cjmhockey

Awesome!!! Bring on Mass Effect 2!!!

Posted by StarFoxA

Watch Fox News do another segment on the "sex"box now.

Posted by Thunder

Wow i wasnt expecting that in announcement trailer i cant wait now

Posted by Bertmasta
StarFoxA said:
"Watch Fox News do another segment on the "sex"box now.
"
lol i think fox news embarassed themselves enough xD
Edited by SmokePants

I don't know what to make of this -- if there's anything to make out at all.

I never really understood how carrying over my Sheperd was going to work. This is a Western RPG. Aren't I supposed to get a clean slate? My level 60 Soldier could kill any Geth by raising an eyebrow in their general direction. And my Renegade meter was off the chart. So, what, would I level up that character even more? If I wanted to change it up and play nice with my dialogue options, wouldn't I be contradicting my character? And since Wrex, Kaiden, and Ashley could die, doesn't that exclude them from ME2?

I like the idea of continuity of character -- I wouldn't watch 24 without Jack Bauer -- but the logistics of an RPG tend to complicate things. I'm just very curious to see what they do. But if he is dead, I hope it's not a huge fucking distaction. I remember with KOTOR 2, people were obsessed with all the Revan bullshit that was invented to sweep him under the rug and give the player a clean slate. It overshadowed the plot entirely and gave people misguided expectations for a KOTOR 3 that never happened.

Posted by Bilawal

EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111!!!!!!!!!!111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!