The build-up for BioWare's Mass Effect 2, still not planned for release until next year, has been one of gaming's more mysterious. Hints of Commander Shepard's possible death in trailers and demos confuse ever more. What's going on? Kotaku asked.
"We have been saying it's the dark middle act, so the tone is definitely darker," the game's lead writer, Mac Walters, told Kotaku at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. "To draw comparisons: Much the same way you would say Empire Strikes Back is the dark middle act of Star Wars, it still felt like Star Wars. ... So you're still going to find a lot of very familiar themes, elements, and characters. It's all going to feel very Mass Effect."