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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

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MirrorSoul
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:06:07 PM
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This dissapoints me....As for the comment he made for why there are only two explination

A.Microsoft has put enough money up front to keep it to themselves
B.They are too lazy to take the timme to learn the PS3's Architecture to make Mass Effect for us.
They way he said "The most important thing is quality, so we're never going to compromise that." makes it seem like he's saying the PS3 is second rate and can't handle Mass Effect like a 360 can....which seem's pretty ignorant.
Im jus sadddend to know we wont be able to experience this AAA title.

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Zapix
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:06:44 PM
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PS3 -> 3rd Party Multiplatform
360 -> 3rd Party Exclusives

ugh, atleast that's the way this is starting to feel. I wonder if the fact the xbox has 2x the sales in the US has alot to do with it... Sucks. Mass Effect should be multiplatform just as much as Final Fantasy XIII... At least if you want to look at it from a giving players the chance to play it reason, and making money... Whatever though.

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jonny_bolton
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:18:58 PM

I could always say that the one thing the PS2 had over the Xbox was that the xbox had very few exclusive decent games. All of the xbox's good games were multiplatform. Now it seems the tables have turned which is bad becuase as good as the PS3 i get the feeling that many gamers who haven't decided which next gen to buy into will start to sway towards the Xbox. The PS3 really needs to consider how it markets itself. At the minute, all the features may well be a put off for people who aren't as hardcore as us lot. Oh and on a side note, just wanted to state my praise for Sony for replacing my busted (left anologue stuck upwards, R2 stuck on occasion)controller in only 3 working days. Cheers Sony :D

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Nightshade386
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:12:17 PM
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Mass Effect was published by Microsoft, so expecting it to come to the PS3 is kinda like expecting Halo to come to the PS3. It just ain't gonna happen.

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MirrorSoul
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:21:15 PM
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Yea but thier not publishing it anymore so they are free to whatever consule.I jus really wanted to play it lol

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Nightshade386
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:24:40 PM

Just because EA now owns Bioware, that doesn't mean that contracts that were previously signed are null and void. It's my understanding that all 3 parts of the Mass Effect trilogy are still slated to be published by Microsoft.

But if you're dead set against getting a 360, you could always just play the PC version....assuming your PC is up to date enough.

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QuasarSquirrel
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 1:56:02 PM

Also assuming you enjoy having DRM shoved up your Wazoo.

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Zapix
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 2:09:50 PM

I for one cannot find anything that states Microsoft has claim on the intellectual property of Mass Effect. They published it for the xbox360, however they did not publish it for the PC version from what I've read. With that in mind, EA-Bioware owns the IP, is it's up to them what happens to it I'm sure.

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Nightshade386
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 3:51:15 PM

Well regardless, they're already working on Mass Effect 2, plus more DLC for the first game. To allocate resources away from those projects to make a PS3 port would likely effect quality across the board.

Last edited by Nightshade386 on 7/22/2008 3:51:36 PM

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Deleted User
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 2:04:31 PM
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MS buys their exclusives and maybe publish one here and there but whatever its easy to create for for 360 plus its not very technologicly advaced. Sony creates their own,if the same people keep creating for the PS3 then they will learn how to truly master and harness the power of the PS3 buying 3rd party exclusives would be a joke compared to what those guys can/will be able to create think about it, plus we get the 3rd party exclusives from the creators that truly appreciate gaming!

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MirrorSoul
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 2:21:08 PM
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Im not against gettin a 360..Hell i use to have one its jus that I dont have a capable enough PC or have enough money to buy another system..im gonna head to College in another year so i gotta worry bout those expensives

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 2:21:28 PM
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Just one of the few games that M$ bought so its not a surprise its staying there

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 3:14:28 PM
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I do have this game for my PC and it's very good.It's pretty crappy that people without a PC or Xbox360 can't enjoy this game.
DAMN YOU EA AND BIOWARE!!!!!!

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 3:46:03 PM
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Hey Ben/Arnold, i have a good idea, why dont you make a system that tells you on the home page that someone replied to your comment, like on youtube. I am tired of having to look back at articles checking if someone replied to me.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 7:08:20 PM

Not a bad idea. Maybe we'll look into it.

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Rhys Keyne
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 4:03:35 PM
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It's things like this that make me dislike Microsoft. In addition to an awkward controller, they take everything money can possibly buy to gain an advantage using dated technology. Not that I'm a fanboy or anything, but from what I've seen, people really buy the cheaper 360 only because most people can't drop $400-$500 for a PS3. While its worth every dime, $500 in a bad economy is making gamers stray from the PS3. So, I think Sony should level the playing field and find some great devs who like a challenge, and would develop exclsively for PS3. I heard Mass Effect was THE game to own if you have a 360, and its an outrage that PS3 owners will never have the opportunity to experience it.

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LCF
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 4:28:49 PM
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Mass Effect was a great game but suffered bad graphical lag,alot of loading times(every room was a load)texture load was awful as well (alot like the unreal engine) I always felt that Mass Effect would played better on the PS3.One of the PS3's strengths is it's multi-tasking,which Mass Effect has alot of.There so much going on behind the scene,the 360 can't handle it,and it showed.

Last edited by LCF on 7/22/2008 4:32:30 PM

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Daedusian
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 6:00:38 PM
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I really thought this game would make it over to the PS3. I am a sad gamer...

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Tatsujin
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 6:29:41 PM
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Lies... Honestly this guy should be punched in the face... No means to be a fanboy--but I am pretty sure that a PS3 version of the game would look so much better and include so much more content. They are just lazy asses that do not like to look into diffrent system... it is either that or they just slept with Microsoft and got some big bucks for it, and to say that kind of lame shit.

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AscientDire
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 7:45:19 PM
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soooo...we get Dragon Age,lol?

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Enfildate
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 8:24:46 PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My favorite game is coming to ps3? Im still crossing my fingers, but im still F-ing sad. ~sniff~ Dam u EA, Dam U.

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 10:20:21 PM

WTF?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Booshwa
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 11:40:58 PM
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I'm suprised that EA isn't even going to try to make some sort of port. I always thought there was no obstacle to great for EA to try to make a profit.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 @ 1:21:25 AM
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This is a shame. I hope they know that their comments just reflect badly on Bioware, not the PS3.

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SilverLion
Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 6:59:59 AM
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I have Mass Effect on the PC but I would definitely rather play in on the PS3. As an old-school RPG gamer, I'm not a huge fan of shooters, but that aspect of ME works out pretty well. I'm getting kind of irritated about the game selection for PS3. The RPG selection sucks pretty hugely at this point. The only good RPGs I've played have been XBOX ports (Oblivion and Echnanted Arms). I can't wait for Fallout... I'm dead set agaisnt the XBOX, so until then I'm SOL..

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favre04
Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 7:56:11 PM
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YALL FORGOT WHOS OVER EA NOW ITS PETER MOORE MISTER MICROSOFT HIMSELF HE LEFT MICROSOFT ONLY TO RECRUIT OTHER GAMING COMPANIES BY LOCKING UP THE BIGGEST GAMING COMPANY EA AN NO ONE SAW IT COMING TIME TO VOICE OUT ON PETER MOORE NOW BEFORE ITS TO LATE KEEP YO EYES OPEN HE'S SLICK.ONE LOVE PS3 NOTHING ELSE HOMEY.

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