Mass Effect Trilogy NOT Necessarily Exclusive To Xbox 360
Yesterday, we told you all about BioWare boss Ray Muzyka's statements regarding the exclusive status of the Mass Effect trilogy (yes, it's supposed to be a trilogy). As you can see, he says they plan to keep the big RPG franchise on the Xbox 360, and don't necessarily plan to bring it anywhere else.
However, those comments created quite the stir in the video game world, as a number of sources quickly popped up to refute those comments. And according to Joystiq, one of those sources was BioWare themselves. A representative of the developer has confirmed that the information provided by Muzyka was "incorrect," and that he "never confirmed any plans of Mass Effect exclusivity for the trilogy." ...okay, so what exactly does this mean? It means that Muzyka's words may have been taken out of context, or it could mean that we were simply reading too much into that comment about "never compromising quality." But either way, it appears that Mass Effect may eventually be on the PS3, primarily because BioWare hasn't decided on what course to take just yet concerning a multiplatform approach. In other words, nothing is fixed in concrete right now.
EA is involved, of course, but we don't know what affect that has on any previous agreements struck between Microsoft and BioWare. It's a complicated situation, and one that is bound to continue to make headlines until targeted platforms for Mass Effect 2 are revealed. We'll keep you up to date.
7/23/2008 Ben Dutka