EA announces Mass Effect 2 for Playstation 3

During their GamesCom conference earlier today, EA announced that Mass Effect 2 is coming to the Playstation 3. 

Earlier this year, Mass Effect 2, the stellar RPG/Shooter from the award winning developer Bioware, was released for both the Xbox 360 and PC. Garnishing more than 70+ perfect review scores, the game was truly missed on the PS3. At the time of the games release there was no information released regarding a PS3 version of the game, leading people to believe that the game series would never see the light of day on a Sony console.

Many assumed EA didn't want to release the second instalment of the franchise with out releasing the first, as the first Mass Effect title can’t be released on the PS3 without consent from Microsoft, as the game was published by Microsoft back in 2007 before Bioware became apart of Electronic Arts.

However, the wait is finally over for PS3 fans, earlier today, Electronic Arts officially announced the Playstation 3 version of Mass Effect 2, stating that it will release sometime in January 2011.

The début teaser trailer for Mass Effect 2 on PS3, shown at EA's GamesCom conference

Described by the developers to have "hours of bonus content," the game is looking to give the PS3 owners some extra content not seen on the 360, what this entails however, is not being revealed by anyone at this time. But seeing how EA has "no plans" to release the first instalment, the 'bonus' content may just be a small prequel to ME2, that acts as a summary of the story for Playstation gamers that may have missed it back in 2007. 

IGN approached Microsoft for their feelings about one of, if not the best series on the 360, now 'jumping ship' and flying to their competitor Sony.

"With both Mass Effect titles launching first on Xbox 360 combined with the wealth of available paid downloadable content on Xbox Live today, Xbox 360 remains the best place to experience the Mass Effect franchise," a Microsoft representative said in a statement to IGN.

The representative went on to say "And the original Mass Effect is absolutely an Xbox 360 exclusive, making Xbox 360 the only place to get the full Mass Effect experience." The spokesperson seems to be forgetting that both games released on the PC as well, meaning that the 360 is not the only place to experience the whole series. 

But all of this does not hide the fact that, one of the biggest reasons to own a 360, is now heading to its competitor early next year.

Update: It seems that the bonus content for the PS3 version is most likely be in the form of an introductory section to the world of Mass Effect. Bioware boss Ray Muzyka, spoke to VG247 about what the content is going to be, and he had this to say.

“We’re making sure there’s a really seamless introduction to the world of Mass Effect, for players that haven’t experienced it before,” and going on to say; “So even though it’s Mass Effect 2 specifically, we’re making sure there’s a nice introduction experience, that provides the back-story and the things that have happened up to that point in the universe, and makes it a really seamless introduction.”

He then added, “We haven’t revealed what that is yet. It’ll be something that provides a good introduction and provides a lot of the back-story and introduces you well to the story-arc, and kind of makes you feel like you’re part of it all. And then you can jump right into the action in Mass Effect 2.”

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I'm a PS3 owner who's already played the PC version through It is a really great game though and I won't mind playing it through again on the PS3.

To bad for them the game is far from as good if you don't play trough the first one, both due to the story and the fact that your character and choices carry trough...

So every time an "exclusive" Bioware games code is decompiled, and show's PS3 code despite denials it pretty much ends up on ps3

I still say the PC version is the way to go since it is easier to get at the raw files (the Omega bar music is now my ringtone). But, still awesome for the PS3 owners.

Firethorne said,
I still say the PC version is the way to go since it is easier to get at the raw files (the Omega bar music is now my ringtone). But, still awesome for the PS3 owners.

Sweet, so how do you do that?

oh well at least the overrated Wrpg its on the trey too... nothing too special.

Lets hope the game its not bugged like the 360 version

Definitely buying it. My current computer struggle to handle ME, so Im not giving ME2 a thought (I thought of buying/building a proper gaming rig, but financially this does not make sense when I can get by what I have) until now.

Well, at least they know they will have at least me as a buying customer.

God how amazing this is. i still recommend that anyone play the series on PC to get the full experience, but it's a great series on any console!

seriously though - if you havent played ME1, do NOT play ME2, even w/ this introductory bonus material - i dont know how they can properly explain the entire first game in a single introduction...

Jdawg683 said,
God how amazing this is. i still recommend that anyone play the series on PC to get the full experience, but it's a great series on any console!

seriously though - if you havent played ME1, do NOT play ME2, even w/ this introductory bonus material - i dont know how they can properly explain the entire first game in a single introduction...

I would agree with this... except for the part where the two games are vastly different. If you don't like the style of the first, you probably won't pick the second up, and if you liked the style of the first, it's quite likely you'll be disappointed by the second.

Elliott said,
I actually just finished playing this again on my 360. What an awesome game. PS3 owners will definitely enjoy it.
I finished it a couple of weeks back. It's the most epic game I have ever played. So cool.

I always had a feeling this would happen, now, if you could see me, i have a look on my face that is preparing to scream 'i told you so' to my idiotic, annoying 360 fanboy friend

The whole Mass Effect hype passed me by really since I only have a PS3. I guess I should look in to it now that I'll be able to play it

That's awesome news for PS3 gamers, Mass Effect 2 is a fantastic game. Even if you're not an RPG fan, chances are you will enjoy playing it.

Pharos said,
That's awesome news for PS3 gamers, Mass Effect 2 is a fantastic game. Even if you're not an RPG fan, chances are you will enjoy playing it.

Mass Effect 2 is a lot more focused on action than on RPG, especially when you compare it to the first one. I'm quite tempted to NOT buy the third when it comes out due to that. IMO, they screwed the game up with the second part.

Now PS3 owners can see what all the fuss about about first hand I always said it was a matter of "when" not "if" a Mass Effect game would make it to the PS3, guess I was right for once