We all knew about it anyway, but EA has finally officially confirmed development of PC and Xbox 360 RPG-shooter sequel Mass Effect 2.

EA also reiterated that the game, which sadly is still not in development for PlayStation 3, is the second instalment in a planned trilogy, although the publisher dropped few hints about what to expect ahead of its "early 2010" release.

"Saren's evil army of Geth soldiers has just been defeated, and humans, still struggling to make their mark on the galactic stage, are now faced with an even greater peril," according to the story blurb. The original teaser trailer hinted that Shepard had been killed, although this seems unlikely.

BioWare has also previously indicated that it would be a good idea to hang onto Mass Effect save-files, as decisions in the first game can have an influence on events in the second.

"We're going to surpass the extraordinary gaming experience we brought our fans in Mass Effect by delivering intensified combat and expanded weapon options as well as increased depth of planet exploration, all while delivering a powerful, emotionally engaging story," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, BioWare CEO, in the usual announcement statement.

Check out our Mass Effect Xbox 360 and Mass Effect PC reviews to see what we made of the first.

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