Elex 2 is the sequel to the 2017 game, ELEX from Piranha Bytes - a brand new IP that's received mixed reviews but that many look upon favorably. An action RPG, the game offers a number of choices throughout, which impact the overall story and options for endings that players can see. Being a story and choice-driven game, many players may wonder if they should play ELEX before ELEX 2, and it's a valid question.
Do you need to play ELEX before ELEX 2?
Short answer: No
Long Answer: Elex 2 does a pretty solid job filling you in on most details, but there's more context that can be gained from playing the original game, of course. As you play, characters will still fill you in on the backstory between Jax and themselves, offering you some of the knowledge you would have had if you completed the original game. The game's mechanics aren't vastly different, but playing the original will also help you better understand how to effectively play ELEX 2.
So, no you don't have to play ELEX before ELEX 2, but it's not a bad idea to learn about the world ahead of time!
Do Saves and Choices from ELEX move to ELEX 2?
Your choices from ELEX will not move over to ELEX 2, as static decisions from the first game are set in stone for the second. Per THQ regarding choices:
"They are static choices. Piranha Bytes analyzed player behaviour and found out that almost 90% of those who finished the game chose the same ending. This one has now become the official one. So there is NO save game transfer or anything at all."
ELEX 2 is a deep, story-rich, and vastly explorable game that releases in March of 2022. For players who are fans of the series, or just looking to find out more about the new game - you can read our ELEX 2 preview here.