Mass Effect 2 gets January 26 release date

Start working on your best Commander Shepard impressions — BioWare has announced that Mass Effect 2 will be hitting North American shelves on January 26. Europe needs to hold tight for a few days; they’ll see the game on January 29. 

Additionally, a handful of pre-order “incentives” have been revealed. Pre-order from GameStop will get a code to download the “Terminus Gear” when the game is released. The pack includes “Terminus Armor,” designed for “extreme planetary conditions,” and increases run speed, personal shields, and awards an additional magazine of reserve ammo. You’ll also get the crazy-sounding M-90 Blackstorm Heavy Weapon, which “generates a high-powered localized gravity well, accelerating particles near-infinite mass.” Woah. 

Pre-order the game at other participating retailers, and you’ll get the “Inferno Armor,” which will give Shepard a negotiations bonus in-game, as well as increase run speed and increases damage from combat powers. 

So now you know the date, and now you know your pre-order choices. What’s your plan? 

Nick Chester