GDC 09: Mass Effect 2 Still A Possibility For PlayStation 3?
This is just maddening. First, we all assume that with EA at the helm, there's no way Mass Effect 2 would be exclusive to the Xbox 360. Then, it's officially revealed and there's no mention of a PlayStation 3 version. And now, they hint at a possibility...?
The guys over at VG247 were at the Game Developers Conference yesterday and spoke with Bioware's Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk during a demo of Dragon Age: Origins. They asked if the hotly anticipated RPG sequel would ever come to the PS3, and although the answer was textbook when dealing with the press, it left an opening: "We have announced Mass Effect 2 for PC and Xbox 360," Muzyka said. "We have no comment beyond that." Now, for those of you who aren't in the journalism game, you may not recognize the difference between this comment and a flat-out "no, we aren't preparing a PS3 version." Well, there's a gigantic difference. EA's John Riccitiello did say at one point that Mass Effect 2 would be multiplatform, and although he could've been talking about the PC and 360, we'd like to think the PS3 will be included at some point. Saying, "we have no comment" is like a code that journalists interpret as, "we have something to say but we can't say it right now." If there was to be no PS3 version, there would be absolutely no problem with saying it directly, correct?
We may be grasping at straws but when Epic was asked if Gears of War would ever come to the PS3, they said simply, "no, it won't." ...and we believe them. They didn't say, "we can't comment on that." There's just a world of difference.
3/26/2009 Ben Dutka