Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Elevators: no more waiting inside them in Mass Effect 2


2:00 AM on 12.05.2009
Elevators: no more waiting inside them in Mass Effect 2 photo



“We have the fastest elevators in the industry,” Mass Effect 2 executive producer Casey Hudson joked at a Comic-Con panel in July 2009.

What if by fastest, he meant waiting in none at all?

Elevator rides were a Mass Effect staple. On a design level, the elevators were a means of avoiding loading screens. But lacking in significant narrative or visual value, these excursions became too dull too fast for most.

The stares into oblivion. The shifting. The disconnected conversation. The radio repeating something mentioned in another ride hours prior to the current one.

Plans are in place to keep elevators in Mass Effect 2, despite grumbles. And while elevators are still a part of the game, waiting in them won’t be.

“The elevators were made in ME1 so we didn't have to show boring loading screens,” wrote associate programmer Thomas_R_Roy in recent ME2 official message board post. “However there were a lot of complaints, so we've gone back to loading screens and movies. We still have elevators in ME2, but you don't wait inside them. We'll cut to a loading screen instead.”

There will be something to the loading screens, according to _Roy.

“We've tried to make the loading screen more interesting this time by adding interesting visuals and information.”

What those little entertainment nuggets during loading screens might be, we haven’t the slightest idea. But it’s hard to argue that it won’t be more entertaining than watching Commander Shepard shuffle his feet.

[via The Save Points]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.



Storytime with Commander Shepard photo
Storytime with Commander Shepard
11:00 PM on 08.12.2014






Mass Effect

5:00 PM on 01.09.2015
FemShep is Mass Effect's true, original Commander Shepard

Part of the beauty of the Mass Effect series is that you can be whomever you want. There isn't a pre-ordained hero that tries to save the galaxy; you can make Shepard male or female, good or evil, gay or straight. "I'm C...more



4:30 PM on 11.25.2014
Origin Black Friday Sale has titles up to 75% off

Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Origin started up a "Cyber Week" sale for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday period (aka "we want a piece of the...more



12:15 PM on 11.07.2014
New Mass Effect will be written by Halo 4's writer

Can I put a clause in my contract that I can only be photographed with purple and blue lighting on either side of me, too? BioWare is introducing lead roles on its new Mass Effect project with nice, colorful studio photo...more



View all Mass Effect






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more