Today’s news roundup sees Mass Effect 2 span two discs due to the sheer size of the adventure, while Mirror's Edge 2 is considered for either a FPS or puzzler approach, and a Taiwanese man does the impossible and ‘finishes’ World of WarCraft.
Mass Effect 2 Spanning Two Discs
Mass Effect 2 is set to be one of next year’s biggest games, and not just in terms of hype. Apparently the adventure will be so huge; two discs are needed to fit the whole thing in. Community coordinator Chris Priestly revealed this info on the BioWare forums, confirming it will arrive on two discs on both the PC and Xbox 360. Although he does point out the PC version can install both discs at the beginning, allowing the adventure to be played off a single disc.
The 360 version isn’t so fortunate however, with a disc swap needed halfway through the game, with Priestly promising “it occurs at a carefully planned place in the game (that does not interfere with gameplay) and is done once. You do not swap back and forth. 1 swap and then done.” No big deal really, when you consider games like Final Fantasy IX on the PS1 required four separate discs. Although it does suggest we will see a lot more games in the future arriving on mulitple discs, with Final Fantasy XIII released in March 2010 possibly spanning three discs. [1UP]
Mirror's Edge 2 to be Shooter or Puzzler?
Mirror’s Edge hardly set the world alight, but was still a relatively interesting idea, perhaps just implemented rather poorly. EA CEO John Riccitiello still believes the game deserves a sequel, despite EA’s newfound (or re-found) focus on developed and therefore money-making IPs. While he does praise the originals “fascinatingly original world” and “fascinatingly original art direction”, he does recognise the game has its flaws. According to Riccitiello he has had several ‘lively’ debates with the developer regarding the future of the project.
He hints at the possibility of the game adopting a FPS approach, referring to the highly successful FPS market existing today. At the same time he suggests focusing more on the original aspect of the game, emphasizing “the smooth play and puzzles and move it toward, if you will, a Portal.” The sequel is currently in the works, so keep an eye out for new details emerging in the next few months revealing the direction they’ve taken. [Kotaku]
Taiwanese Man ‘Completes’ World of WarCraft
Despite all the hours gamers have invested into World of WarCraft, no-one has officially ‘completed’ the game. Of course this is quite a contradiction, as the game cannot actually be finished. By complete we mean collect every single achievement available in the game, pretty much the closest you’ll ever get to claiming you’ve beaten the game.
Well, a Taiwanese man has apparently achieved this, completing the maximum 986 achievements currently available in the game. Further inspection however reveals a controversial glitch, adding an extra, yet false, achievement point. The man is still missing the BB King event-tied achievement, but still, a fantastic accomplishment nonetheless. [CVG]