Mass Effect 3 gets complicated with 1,000+ variables

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If you’ve been Mass Effecting since the beginning, you’ll know that your path is totally different from the next guy’s, and that your decisions continue to affect situations into the next game. And now into the third game, Mass Effect 3. Bioware says that gamers will see their stories continue, and that things are getting a little crazy now with over 1,000 story variations lined up.

“Numerically, it’s over 1,000 variables that we’ll have access to for shaping the Mass Effect 3 experience for people who’ve played the previous games,” Bioware’s Casey Hudson told PC Zone magazine.

He says that the team plans out the larger story elements from one game to the next, but the small details are much more work. It turns out that they record what a player has done in a play through, and then task the writers with building new storylines from that.


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