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Mass Effect comics to be released

New series will bridge narrative gap between original game and its upcoming sequel.

mass-effect-643Dark Horse Comics and BioWare have announced a new comic book series based around the popular videogame Mass Effect that will serve to bridge the story gap between the first title and its upcoming sequel. The series, entitled Mass Effect: Redemption, has a scheduled release date of 6 January 2010.

The story, according to Dark Horse Comics and BioWare in a press release issued yesterday evening, will follow Commander Shepard as he becomes separated from the crew of the SSV Normandy in the lawless and dangerous Terminus systems. Shepard must attempt to return to Citadel space safely, assisted by Dr Liara T’Soni, another character from the first game.

“Fans of Mass Effect are going to be pleasantly shocked by the events in these comics,” said Mac Walters, the scriptwriter for Mass Effect 2, in the same press release. “We worked very closely with Dark Horse to make sure this story was built in to the Mass Effect 2 arc, right from the ground up. Reading the series won’t just add to your experience of the universe, it will change the way you look at Mass Effect 2… and beyond.” The series will feature the writing talents of John Jackson Miller, who previously worked on Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, and will be drawn by Omar Francia, one of the artists behind the Star Wars: Legacy series of graphic novels.

Mass Effect 2 is scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 and PC in early 2010. The first instalment in the series was recognised by The New York Times as its Game Of The Year, and has won a host of awards, from the Game Critics’ Award for Best Roleplaying Game at E3 in 2006, to winning a number of award categories from IGN. For continuing coverage of the game’s development, as well a one stop shop for news, previews, reviews and interviews across all gaming platforms, visit NowGamer.com.