Mass Effect 2 Demo Descending Onto PSN

December 13, 2010Written by Zak Islam

As expected, the excitement surrounding the Mass Effect series is, of course, pointing towards the recently unveiled Mass Effect 3. While all the attention may be situated around the third installment in the franchise, one should keep in mind that its predecessor, Mass Effect 2, is drawing nearer to its projected PlayStation 3 release date. For those who are still on the fence in regards to whether they should purchase Mass Effect 2 or haven’t played the game at all, you’re in luck — publisher Electronic Arts has announced a demo of the RPG will be descending onto the PlayStation Network soon.

How soon? Next week soon. EA has announced a playable demo for Mass Effect 2 will be releasing on the PlayStation Store come December 21st, 2010. The demo will be available on the EU Store a day later.

At gamescom in August, multi-platform publisher Electronic Arts decided to drop a bombshell of an announcement with news of Mass Effect 2 confirmed for a release on the PlayStation 3. When the game was unveiled for Sony’s console the release window that was given was January, 2011. Recently, however, EA confirmed that Mass Effect 2 is currently scheduled for a launch on January 18th, 2011 for the US and January 21st for Europe.

While the original Mass Effect title belongs exclusively to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 owners won’t miss out on Mass Effect’s storyline with developer BioWare deciding to include an interactive comic within the PS3 version of the game – with the comic giving an insight to players regarding the story leading up to the events in Mass Effect 2. The choices which are then made in the comic will carry over into players’ play through of the sequel.

Also, those who purchase Mass Effect 2 on the PlayStation 3 will automatically gain access to the Cerberus Network – which is something that offers free access to additional downloadable content released on the 360 version including Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord, Kasumi: Stolen Memory and the Blood Dragon Armor , as well as the Zaeed and Firewalker content.