When Mass Effect 2 was revealed to be shipping on two discs, Community Manager Chris Priestly said it was “because you cannot fit this much awesome on one disc.” We liked that. However, he also said, “You do not swap back and forth. One swap and then done.” But it seems that’s no longer the case.
According to a report over at IGN, during the game players will have to swap to the second disc for the middle section of the game, before swapping back to the first for the latter stages. BioWare producer Jessie Houston explained, “Players will start with Disc 1 for the introduction and early level choices, then go through a funnel level of sorts, where they will need to switch to Disc 2.”
“From there they will play the middle portion of the game, which is mostly on Disc 2. Then after another funnel point in the story they’ll go back to Disc 1.”
“The decision was made due to the nature of having to go to two discs for what is a non-linear game and fitting the right amount of content onto each of the discs,” he added. “This way players won’t have to swap their discs multiple times during the middle of the game.”