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Future Mass Effect Titles Coming To PS3?

There's no doubt that Mass Effect was one of the best titles of 2007, even though PS3 owners had to do without the Microsoft-published game. However, the situation may have changed drastically yesterday, now that EA has agreed to "handle future publishing" for future installments of the critically acclaimed RPG, including the upcoming PC version.

The PC version is scheduled to arrive in May, and according to the official press release, President of EA's Games Label Frank Gibeau said- "EA has struck an agreement with Microsoft to handle future publishing for Mass Effect. We are looking forward to releasing Mass Effect on the PC this Spring and brand new titles in the future." Okay, well...considering this is the case, it's no surprise to hear plenty of speculation that future Mass Effects will no longer be exclusive to the Xbox 360. EA really doesn't believe in releasing games for only one console - that would simply limit sales potential - and they certainly don't like to do it for big-name franchises. The sequel to Mass Effect will indeed be hotly anticipated, and it could be very likely it might arrive for the PlayStation 3.

Some sources have attempted to get an answer from EA regarding this possibility, but they just responded with the typically corporate, "no comment." Obviously, with Microsoft publishing the original, there was no hope, but now, things appear to have changed. We'll have to wait and see what happens in the future, and whether or not BioWare has anything to say on this issue.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect

2/12/2008 Ben Dutka

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 12:11:06 AM

I guess I never really understood the deal, I thought Bioware developed and published the game. Cool for down the road though.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 12:29:47 AM

*crosses fingers*

Another note though: since we're never going to get the first Mass Effect, and indeed if the sequels come to grace our consoles, then I wonder how they intend to keep us up to speed on the story from the first game?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 10:18:04 AM

They'll just give us the backstory while we wait for the 5gb mandatory install ;)

It is a shame that PS3 only owners won't get to experience Mass effect but it's possible any sequal might simply have a completely different story.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 4:53:56 PM

I never did finish playing through MASS EFFECT on my xbox360, although I would think as Gabriel013 said, a completely different story would be best in this case. Best bet here would be to make a similiar game in the same world with or without the same characters, different story or timeline. Part of what makes MASS EFFECT interesting is that there are multiple ways to end the game I believe. If that being the case, it would be difficult to just tie in a sequel.

Good to see the possibility of this. While exclusives do come into play for console purchases, I think it's bad business for the developers.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 3:52:41 PM

Would EA be allowed to release something along the lines of "Mass Effect Revisited"? Remake the game with some improvements and minor changes without changing the basic idea?

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