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Mass Effect 3 to be made more accessible for newbies

BioWare is promising to make Mass Effect 3 more accessible to new players.

Mass Effect 3 promises to be a hit with existing followers of the franchise when it is released later this year, but it is also hoped that the new game will broaden the fan base.

BioWare insists that the final cut of Mass Effect 3 will be much more accessible to new players than its predecessor was.

Mass Effect 2 used a comic-book style intro that briefed players on what had gone on in the original, but BioWare's Nick Clifford admits that many new players were still lost, with many players starting with the sequel finding it was far from the optimal way to enjoy the title.

"In all honesty, we didn't do a really good job of new player orientation. If you didn't play the first game then 2 was pretty jarring for the first half hour," he told IGN.

Mr Clifford went on to add that making sure this situation is not repeated is one of the key development objectives for the third instalment.

"If I'm a new player and some guy walks up to me and is like 'Ohhhh Shepard! Remember that one time?' I would be like: 'No. I don't remember that one time'.

"So we wanted to make sure that there aren't those moments that the player is like: 'Who is this? What's going on? What are they talking about?'"

Although coy on the specific details of what Mass Effect 3 will have to offer, he confirmed to IGN that new players will be introduced, while characters will interact with lead character Shepard in different ways depending whether a Mass Effect 2 file has been loaded.

Casey Hudson, Mass Effect 3's executive producer, has confirmed via Twitter that Mass Effect 3 will allow players to pursue same-sex relationships with the characters.

He tweeted: "Happy to confirm
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