BioWare: Mass Effect Not PS3-Bound
The assumption by most journalists and gamers was clear: now that EA has their claws in BioWare's Mass Effect franchise, it was bound to come to the PlayStation 3. Even if they didn't port over the original title, most PS3 owners expected the sequel to come their way. However, Microsoft and BioWare are keeping this particular series exclusive to the Xbox 360.
But the statement is bound to raise some eyebrows, depending on how one interprets the words. According to Ripten, BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka confirmed that Mass Effect is not coming to the PS3, and as a reason for that decision, he said: "the most important thing is quality, so we're never going to compromise that." Er...doesn't that imply that these games wouldn't turn out as well on the PS3? Doesn't this imply that BioWare isn't familiar enough with the PS3 architecture and has opted not to make the effort? It's easy to say that Muzyka is simply siding with Microsoft (perhaps for obvious reasons), but there may be more to the aforementioned comment. We don't want to compare BioWare to Valve, but you have to admit that both developers have been in Microsoft's pocket since the original Xbox arrived. Or at least, that's how it appears.
Either way, PS3 owners may be disappointed to learn Mass Effect isn't coming, but things can change in the future. We had heard numerous official replies that Bioshock would never head to Sony's platform, and look what happened to that.
7/22/2008 Ben Dutka