In a forthcoming interview with AusGamers, BioWare's Mike Gamble, who serves as Associate Producer on Mass Effect 3, revealed that narrative components to the downloadable content that was released for Mass Effect 2 would have a significant carry-on effect in Mass Effect 3 and that the team are currently working on "writing a couple [of] levels" specifically around this.
"The characters that you met in DLC and the changes that might have occurred throughout the DLC, those obviously do move into the main ME3 narrative," he revealed to us. "Certain decisions; certain things did happen in the Mass Effect world. But at the same time, if you did play the DLCs, the choices that you made -- the specific choices in the DLCs that you made -- are basically brought in.
"So there is effect," he added. "And you know, Arrival, Shadow Broker, Overlord; all of those things. We’re actually currently writing a couple of levels where we’re looking at some of those and saying there’s some great opportunities to bring some of this stuff in. So actually yeah, we will."
Also, on the topic of narrative carry-over, we broached the subject of your decision with, or against, the Illusive Man at the end of the second game and how that would work now that you appear to be fighting Cerberus, regardless.
"So without giving away too many spoilers and I don’t want to do that: the decision that you made at the end of Mass Effect 2 will change how the Cerberus confrontation happens. Regardless, Cerberus is still basically aligned against Shepard," Mike revealed.
We'll have the full interview feature up a bit later today with talk about relationships, weapon customisation and Tali's face, so stay tuned.