In: Articles by Nick "Alsop Live" Dinicola17 Jan 2011
BioWare announced this week that Mass Effect 2‘s daily in-game news ticker, The Cerberus Daily News, is scheduled for shutdown on its one year anniversary, January 24. However, it’ll come back online for three weeks in 2011: One week before a new (and possibly final?) piece of DLC, after which it’ll go offline again and come back again two weeks before the release of Mass Effect 3 in late 2011.
The Cerberus Daily News lived on the right side of Mass Effect 2‘s main menu and listed daily news clips from the erstwhile Mass Effect universe — like a CNN for the Citadel crowd.
If you never read these little missives then you missed out on some great stories. Sometimes they were funny — any post about a holiday was worth a chuckle. Sometimes they were mysterious, like the series of posts about socialite Aish Ashland’s DNA being rejected from the Hollywood Bank of Fame. Sometimes they were serious or mirrored real-world events, like the posts about economic corruption on the Citadel following the events of Mass Effect or about a comet disaster on the planet Behlan after the earthquake in Haiti.
Thankfully, some intrepid blogger decided to chronicle all the posts
Personally, I think these news items gave the Mass Effect universe an identifiable character worth saving. Sure, the codex was filled with extra information, but it was presented in such a dry, academic fashion. The celebrity gossip and political turmoil of the daily news was far more interesting. It’ll be a shame to see it shut down, but maybe there’ll be a new ticker in Mass Effect 3.