BioWare today announced that the shooter/RPG Mass Effect 2 will be on store shelves in New Zealand on January 29 2010.

In support of the launch, BioWare is releasing unique Mass Effect 2 pre-order incentives at retailers nationwide. Codes for downloading these items will be provided to players who have pre-ordered, usable when the game is released.

“Our fans are in for a genuine thrill in the New Year with Mass Effect 2 – the second instalment in the trilogy will be of amazingly high quality,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder, BioWare and Group General Manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA. “BioWare’s fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting this epic sequel, and we couldn’t be more excited to reward them for pre-ordering by delivering some awesome bonus content!”

Pre-order bonuses include special-ops armour and weaponry that are designed to boost Commander Shepard’s skills and abilities, such as Terminus Gear which includes the powerful Terminus Assault Armour and the M-490 Blackstorm Heavy Weapon:

  • The Terminus Armour is designed for use in extreme planetary conditions, increasing run speed and personal shields, and augmenting weapons with an additional magazine of reserve ammo.
  • The M-490 Blackstorm Heavy Weapon generates a high-powered localized gravity well, accelerating particles to near-infinite mass, and ultimately expanding the selection of heavy weapons available to players when they gear up for combat missions in Mass Effect 2.

Players that pre-order Mass Effect 2 at select retail outlets will receive the Inferno Armour, which is used by officers to monitor battlefield conditions by recognizing elevated heart rates, and regulates sub-systems with extreme efficiency to allow for greater response times – together these abilities translate in-game into a negotiation bonus for Commander Shepard and an increase in run speed and augmented damage from combat powers.