Bioware had a short trailer of its new science-fiction RPG, and were on hand to run interested journalists through the concepts of the game. Itâ€™s a completely new world for the Knights of the Old Republic developer, set in the 23rd century with humanity exploring the solar system and struggling for a place in the wider cosmos. As the commander of a starship and its crew, your actions will help shape humanityâ€™s destiny.
This being a Bioware game, that means you can take multiple good or evil paths and either fight to promote and defend humanityâ€™s interests, or just scam around looking out for number one. The gameplay is a departure from previous Bioware games, though this is still, very firmly, an RPG. Weâ€™re promised a more intuitive interface, with combat similar to a tactical 3D shooter (though it will, weâ€™re told, not run at too frantic a pace for RPG fans).
Thereâ€™s a huge galaxy out there, with scores of uncharted worlds that provide side-quests and gameplay opportunities, but there is still plenty of dialogue and a compelling main story, told with the help of the most advanced â€œdigital actorâ€ technology around. Mass Effect might promise a lot, but just when has Bioware not delivered?