'Mass Effect 2' To Be Two Discs Long

Mass Effect 2

The "Empire Strikes Back"-style sequel to "Mass Effect" has now officially swelled to two discs -- and third if you count the extra content in the Collector's edition. Bioware didn't clarify exactly what made "Mass Effect 2" get so big, but they did offer a few details.

"Yes, there are 2 game discs for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions, both the Collector's and standard editions," Bioware community coordinator Chris Priestly posted on the company's forums. "There is a 3rd disc with the Collector's Edition. This is a movie DvD containing making of and other bonus information."

Asked why the game would now take up two different discs, Priestly only cited, "Because you cannot fit this much awesome on one disc."

So how much awesome will be shipped on those two discs? The answer is of course highly subjective, but he did reveal that some disc swapping will be required for the 360 version and not for PC.

"The PC version is a standard install," Priestly explained. "You install the information from both discs and then play with 1 disc in the drive. No swapping."

The swap while playing on the 360, meanwhile, will be optimized for a minimum amount of annoyance.

"Even though there is a disc swap, it occurs at a carefully planned place in the game (that does not interfere with gameplay) and is done once," he said. "You do not swap back and forth."

How does the confirmation of a second disc for "Mass Effect 2" strike you? Are you glad to hear the game takes up more space than its predecessor? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.