Mass Effect 3 will have no new love interests, BioWare has confirmed, but it will play on romance in far more interesting ways.
Mass Effect exec producer Casey Hudson told PC Gamer that while no new love interests will be added, the old ones from Mass Effect 1 will be reintroduced. And when they cross paths with players' lady of choice from Mass Effect 2, things will get interesting.
"We don't really have new characters that are part of the romance stuff in the way that we did in Mass Effect 2, where we introduced a lot of characters," said Hudson. "So this is more about how you, if you're a new player, how you start these romances with the existing characters. If you've had relationships with previous characters, then it's your opportunity to resolve those.
"But we also have some interesting things happening, where you've got Ashley and Kaiden from the first game, you've got Liara, and there's sort of a love triangle there. And then we gave people a bunch of new characters," added Hudson.
"People said 'Well, I just want my Mass Effect 1 characters, and I'm not interested in any of these characters.' But then a lot of people had romances with those characters, 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," he said, describing some really incredible cross-game plot mechanics that we hope will become standard in video game trilogies.
Sounds like Sheppard's going to need some get-out-of-jail quotes, like "don't hate the player, hate the game" sort of thing.
Mass Effect 3 was recently pushed back to a 2012 release.