When EA and Bioware’s announced that the Mass Effect series will finally make the journey to the PlayStation 3, during their gamescom press conference, PS3 fans across the galaxy celebrated. One problem arose though: 2010’s potential Game of the Year, Mass Effect 2 will be released on the PS3, but not the original Mass Effect which is still a 360 exclusive. None the less, Bioware has gone on record to say that the PS3 version will contain loads of extra content and this just in, ‘visual changes’. A year wait for loads of extra content and maybe a graphical boost? Double nice.
In an interview with PSM3, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of Bioware, talked about the differences of developing between the PS3 and the 360 and that the PS3 version of ME2 will receive ‘visual changes’ over the original release from earlier this year.
The important thing is that, fundamentally, [PS3] has a very different architecture. Visually, there are probably some changes – I mean, there are differences in the way the memory is allocated, and the graphical processor is all different. We’re not going to get pulled into the argument over which is the more powerful; at the end of the day, they both are, and we can do whatever we want on them. When you create games, you want as many people as possible to play them, so this is a great opportunity to reach a huge segment of the market.
Dr. Zeschuk also added that Mass Effect 2 will also have a different feel on the PS3, simply because of the Dualshock 3.
It think it will play a little differently. I mean, right from the start, you have a different controller, and that alone will change the way the game feels.
Look for the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 come Feb. 2011. With a promised ‘introduction’ the Mass Effect series, extra content, and the visual changes, it looks as if PS3 owner’s patience has paid off in this situation.