In a move that is as refreshing for the industry as it is frustrating for Playstation 3 owners desperate for some sci-fi RPG action, Bioware have announced the sequel to Mass Effect but have failed to mention any plans for a release on Sony’s system.
Bioshock, Dead Rising, Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear… wait, actually, no. Just a few examples of games that have made the transition from one console to the next – usually becoming multi-platform rather than jumping ship completely is the preferred option. To imagine an industry that breeds loyalty between developers and consoles is certainly an exciting one. Mind you, the financial situation we are currently in more or less dictates that developers must expand in order to survive, making Bioware’s decision to maintain the series’ Xbox 360 and PC exclusivity all the more intriguing and inspiring.
“We’re going to surpass the extraordinary gaming experience we brought our fans in Mass Effect by delivering intensified combat and expanded weapon options as well as increased depth of planet exploration, all while delivering a powerful, emotionally engaging story,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, General Manager and CEO at BioWare and General Manager and Vice President at EA. “Mass Effect 2 is shaping up to be an unforgettable RPG-shooter experience, taking players on a non-stop roller-coaster ride filled with stunning plot twists and no-holds-barred action.”
The second chapter picks up after Saren’s evil army of Geth soldiers has been defeated, while humans, still finding their feet on the galactic stage, are now faced with even greater danger. It’s certainly set to be a darker affair than the first installment.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll be eating my words when Mass Effect Sigma arrives but, until then, more power to Bioware.