251w ago - About a month ago, we told you about the whispers we heard of the Mass Effect trilogy heading to Sony's console. Now it seems Bioware is implying the same thing.
In the first trailer for Mass Effect 2, Bioware gives us some interesting tidbits about the story: apparently, your character, Shepard, is assumed dead. It also seems many of the characters from the original game will appear in the sequel.
However, the most interesting thing about the trailer was the information it didn't give...
First of all, Bioware failed to mention a release date, which points to a 2010 release date; if Bioware was planning to release the game in the fall, they would have probably included the date in the trailer.
And secondly, the trailer fails to flash a console's logo. If Bioware was still in cahoots with Microsoft there would definitely be a big green "X" somewhere in the trailer.
Obviously, this is far from solid evidence. However, this coupled with the previous rumor (and other rumors that have subsequently popped up) makes it seem very likely that Mass Effect 2 will be playable on the PS3 whenever it releases.
253w ago - One of the longest running rumors on the Internet (besides Metal Gear Solid 4 on Xbox 360) is the Mass Effect trilogy on PS3.
The rumor all started after EA swooped down and picked up Bioware, the acclaimed studio responsible for the excellent game. However, with the economic situation, Mass Effect going to PS3 may be more of a necessity than a choice.
Mass Effect is one of my all time favorite games out there. I even have my character built up to use on Mass Effect 2. The game was so addictive I suffered from withdrawal symptoms while my Xbox 360 was out getting repaired last Christmas. The game had great gameplay mechanics with the turn-based battle system in place.
The rumor recently resurfaced briefly when EA execs indicated that Mass Effect 2 would be released multiplatform. The word "multiplatform" could mean many things; it could mean PS3/X360/PC or just Xbox 360/PC.
The rumor was spurred even further when Edge reached out to EA and was told that they could not go into further details of what was meant by "multiplatform." It is a bit odd as to why EA would go to such lengths to hide the intended platforms.
Second Story Gamer received some attention when they indicated that a reliable source close to EA has revealed that the announcement will be made...
253w ago - In talking about big titles for EA's next fiscal year, CEO John Riccitiello dropped hints about the future of the epic space-themed RPG franchise Mass Effect.
"[In Q4], BioWare will release Mass Effect 2 on multiple platforms," he said during a Tuesday earnings call.
The original 2007 Mass Effect was initially an Xbox 360 exclusive published by Microsoft Game Studios. EA's acquisition of BioWare opened up rumors that the franchise could go multiplatform.
Mass Effect later appeared on PC.
Riccitiello did not specifically mention the PS3 in his statement, but the nature of EA as a multiplatform third-party publisher would suggest that "multiple platforms" would include Sony's machine in the equation.
Multiple calls into EA and BioWare were unanswered as of press time.
255w ago - A Microsoft published title selling 1.6 million units in its first few weeks is a big deal. And when the title was Mass Effect, Bioware's massively anticipated space epic, the hype was only amplified.
It helped that the game warranted universal critical acclaim and along with Bioshock, Forza 2 and Halo 3 elevated the Xbox 360 to fame in 2007. Now, as Mass Effect 2 readies for a level walk-through at GDC '09, the rumors going around involves the series supposed multi-platform reach.
Granted, almost every company has or is rumoured to be ending age-old allegiances in this cost-hungry era of development. And hey, which gamer doesn't crave for more high-quality titles? The Mass Effect issue, however, involves more than a simple return on investments.
Bioware wants to demonstrate the lesser amount of time and high playability that Mass Effect 2 benefits from at the GDC. In other words, they want to demonstrate how they optimized development for their current tech, being in this case the 360 and PC platforms. Tweaking the engine to support the PS3's tech, while doable, requires more time and money.
Judging by the speed at which the first ME2 footage was announced, roughly...
256w ago - SecondStoryGamer (linked above) is reporting a 'fairly reliable source' close to EA has told them that the sequel of Mass Effect and future versions in the series will be available on Sony's PS3 as well as the XBox 360 and PC.
Apparently, EA decided to go multi-platform because of the state of the economy, and they want to squeeze as much money as possible out of their games.
To quote: A fairly reliable source close to Electronic Arts tells us that the sequel (and subsequent iterations) will be available the PlayStation 3 as well as the Xbox 360 and PC. According to our source, EA decided to make the series multiplatform mostly due to the "the economic outlook".
Our source claims that because of the current state of the economy, Electronic Arts is looking to squeeze as much money from its portfolio of games as it possibly can. Obviously, making Mass Effect 2 and 3 multiplatform would increase their sales, as the game would be available to more people.