The original game was funded and published by Microsoft, so there was no way they'd let up exclusivity rights for the title. It's also a vastly inferior game when compared with the improvements made by the sequel.
Cornered by VG247, Bioware's Ray Muzyka has revealed that the PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 2 will include a "seamless introduction" to the Mass Effect universe, hinting that they're not taking story concerns lightly.
Were making sure theres a really seamless introduction to the world of Mass Effect, for players that havent experienced it before, he said.
So even though its Mass Effect 2 specifically, were making sure theres a nice introduction experience, that provides the back-story and the things that have happened up to that point in the universe, and makes it a really seamless introduction.
We havent revealed what that is yet. Itll be something that provides a good introduction and provides a lot of the back-story and introduces you well to the story-arc, and kind of makes you feel like youre part of it all. And then you can jump right into the action in Mass Effect 2.
Muzyka also added that the Cerberus Network - Mass Effect's DLC system - would be in full effect on the PlayStation 3 SKU.
I guess in terms of what the Cerberus Network represents, it really represents a lot of content, it represents a lot of post-release support, and we do want make sure the PS3 fans get that experience in as full away as possible, he said.
But well reveal more of that over time.
Pushed on whether the announcement of Mass Effect 2 for PlayStation 3 would mean a multiformat future for the franchise, Ray responded that it would be a "good guess".
Thatd be a good guess, but we havent announced any details on any future formats or anything, or even formally announced Mass Effect 3 yet, although theres a natural assumption that there will be a Mass Effect 3 as its a trilogy. Weve said that and more or less confirmed it, but we havent announced any details on the product yet, or the platforms.
EA is a company that wants to support different platforms, reach different audiences; were part of EA and we want to make sure we can embrace that as well. I think were trying to do that with all of our products, whether its Dragon Age or Mass Effect.
So there you have it, Bioware's taking the plot aspect of the PS3 port very seriously, and from what we can tell that might result in some additional content for PlayStation 3 owners. We're sure Bioware will want to reveal the full details in their own time, but we're confident of them delivering a full experience for PlayStation 3.
Mass Effect 2's due in January and we really couldn't be more excited.
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