Before the proverbial paint has even dried on Mass Effect 2, which releases in just two weeks time, BioWare’s already started development on the final installment in the planned space soap trilogy. The team has begun “building the first bits of the story” for Mass Effect 3 according to BioWare project manager Casey Hudson, with the intent of finishing the trilogy before the Xbox 360’s is relegated to last-gen status.
“We always wanted to make sure that we got the entire trilogy of games done within this console’s life cycle. We didn’t want to take forever with it,” Hudson told IGN. “So we definitely want to make Mass Effect 3 a fairly short turnaround, but also being that it needs to be a tremendous and epic conclusion to the trilogy.”
For those wondering what this means for Mass Effect 2‘s as yet unannounced DLC, Hudson stressed that the team is simultaneously working on downloadable content to tide players over until the release of the third game. “You’ll always have great stuff. New adventures to play. New things to do,” he said.
“We basically plan for DLC pretty shortly after the release of the game and then a pretty intense schedule of downloadable content throughout,” he continued. “This is one of the big improvements that we’ve been able to do for Mass Effect 2. Lots of DLC and lots of really high quality DLC that players can look forward to.”