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EA CEO Hints That Mass Effect 2 Will Be a Multi-platform Title

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307w 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.
 

Mass Effect for XBox 360 Can't Go Multiplatform - Here is Why!

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308w 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 [Register or Login to view links] 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...
 

Rumor: Mass Effect Trilogy Coming to the PlayStation 3 Console

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309w 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.
 

Mass Effect Two-Disc Edition Coming to XBox 360 in February

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309w ago - GameStop have revealed an upcoming re-release of the 2007 sci-fi RPG, namely Mass Effect.

The new [Register or Login to view links] SKU to be released on February 10 for Microsoft's XBox 360 console.

Aside from the game disc you'll be getting a documentary, game trailers, music, design galleries, and the Bring Down the Sky downloadable content all for a paltry $19.99.

We'll check next week to see if this will be coming to Europe.
 

Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Zone Massacre Debut Trailer out!

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314w ago - The debut trailer for Rogue Trooper: The Quartz Zone Massacre has hit the Web today. Rogue Trooper®: The Quartz Zone Massacre is the story of how Rogue Trooper® and his comrades are betrayed by a traitor general on their first mission to an area on Nu Earth known as the Quartz Zone.

Only Rogue survives, and joined by his fallen comrades within his equipment, he begins a journey across Nu Earth to find the general and unleash his revenge!

Press Release: Reef Entertainment has confirmed it has agreed an exclusive deal with the UK Developer Rebellion to launch their 2000 AD character Rogue Trooper® videogame globally on Wii™.





For those who don't know the character, Rogue Trooper® is a genetically engineered soldier of the future, and is unique in videogames as he has an distinct armoury; a rifle, helmet and backpack, which contain the 'personalities' of his fallen comrades, providing him the capabilities of 4 soldiers in one. A 'biochip' is installed within each 'Genetic Infantryman' or 'GI' from birth which then records their personalities and training upon their death. These biochips are then removed and can then be inserted within energized slots on a fellow GI's rifle, helmet or backpack to secure them for their return...
 
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