BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 2 will benefit from a New Game + mode, as did the original RPG.
Previously, the developer had said the mode wouldn’t appear in the game, but a post on the BioWare forums has put an official stamp on the volte-face.
“If players start a New Game + after beating the game they will be able to re-use the same character import file they did for their first playthrough. Yes, New Game + is making a return to Mass Effect 2,” wrote community coordinator Chris Priestly.
Priestly also confirmed that a maximum of 11 ME1 saves will be allowed to carry through to the sequel, and painted some colour on the possibilities afforded from the planned continuation of consequences from the first game.
“Did you save the Council? Who survived Virmire? And how did you handle your most ardent fan? We don’t want to list everything out and spoil the surprises we have in store for you, but rest assured you will be pleased when you see just how much carries over into Mass Effect 2,” he said.
Priestly added that those who took the time to finish ME1 with high level characters will receive financial bonuses in the sequel.
Mass Effect 2 releases for 360 and PC on January 29.