The third and final chapter of the massively popular Mass Effect series hit the shelves today, but gamers expecting another mission to far-away planets across the galaxy are in for a surprise.
In closing out the sci-fi trilogy, developers at the Edmonton-based studio BioWare chose to switch things up by keeping the setting grounded on Planet Earth. And better yet, in a great exhibit of national pride, they chose to set their focus on a futuristic Vancouver. But according to Derek Watts, art director at BioWare and native Edmontonian, the Canadian locale was almost overlooked.
"We thought about Hong Kong and Rio, which are surrounded by natural beauty," said Watts in the Globe and Mail. "But then we thought: We're a Canadian company, so we should make it a Canadian city. Vancouver had just finished the Olympics, so we set it in Vancouver."
In Mass Effect 3, the city of Vancouver — circa 200 years from now — is suffering invasion from the monstrous aliens known as "Reapers." The sceneRead More »from Mass Effect 3 to feature a ‘futuristic’ Vancouver