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Captain Your-Name-Here Shepherd Returns in Mass Effect: Ascension.

Fans of Mass Effect are probably aware of the game’s prequel novel, Mass Effect: Revelation. The book revolves around Saren, the main antagonist in the game, and it leaves off right around where the game picks up.

Those of you who have read the novel and played through the game will be happy to know that Mass Effect: Ascension is currently in the works and will pick up where the game leaves off, bridging the gap between ME and its sequel. Plot details are scarce, but I’ve yet to beat the game, so I’m happy as a clam. The internet is a minefield of spoilers and I’m sick of having to watch where I step.

If you immediately scoffed at the idea of a video game novel, I don’t blame you in the slightest. With a few exceptions, most video game novels (much like the movie adaptations) have been complete garbage. However, Revelation was written my Drew Karpyshyn, the lead writer on Mass Effect, so we know he’s got some sort of creative juices flowing through his head. He’s also written a few other novels, including some Star Wars, so he’s not new to the medium either. I’m a total Bookasaurus, so this novel-to-game-to-novel-to-game system is something I can totally get on board with.

Mass Effect: Ascension is scheduled to hit Spring 2008, so if you can’t read, you only have a few months to schedule those adult literacy courses.

Source: News 14