Does Mass Effect have a future on PS3?
To Microsoft, Mass Effect was, and still possibly is, the bread and butter for the Xbox 360, especially since the Halo trilogy has came to a successful end. However, recent industry transactions have created clouds of doubt over Mass Effect and it’s future of the IP still staying 100% exclusive to the Xbox 360. This could lead to the possibility of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 3 coming to the PlayStation 3 console in the future.
The day was October 11th, 2007 when it all went down. Videogames giant, Electronic Arts, purchased the holding company that owns Bioware and Pandemic for USD 800 million.
"We are truly excited by John Riccitiello's new vision for EA," said Ray Muzyka, Co-founder and CEO of BioWare Corp. in a news release Thursday. "This vision is consistent with BioWare's focus on crafting the highest quality story-driven games in the world. It will enable us to further the careers of the passionate, creative and hard working teams at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin."
"We want an open, standard platform which is much easier than having five which are not compatible," EA's Gerhard Florin said to BBC News.
This means that they like to share their creations and not have it confined to just one demographic. Just take a look at their track record as most, if not all, of the Electronic Arts games from 2001 to present was multiplatform. The last time Electronic Arts decided not to release a major game on a specific platform was in 1999 with the Sega Dreamcast. Electronic Arts did not believe that the lifespan of the Dreamcast would last that long and was not worth putting time and effort into; hence, they withheld Madden 2000 from the console. Since then, EA has made it their best efforts to have their games developed on as many platforms as possible, from PS3, to PC, to Mobile phones. Let us not forget now, Electronic Arts is an industry giant that is constantly seeking profit.
Now with that out of the way, it is pretty apparent that given the opportunity, Electronic Arts will not withhold any game back from any console unless there is a clear definitive reason. Back to Bioware and Mass Effect, which is where the real meat is. As previously stated, Mass Effect was planned as an exclusive trilogy for the Xbox 360, but now given the fact that EA now owns Bioware, Electronic Arts, not Microsoft will publish and distribute Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.
When asked if Mass Effect will continue to be an Xbox 360 exclusive after the EA buyout, Greg Zeschuk CEO and Co-Owner of Bioware, had this to say:
”We can't predict the future. We'll see what happens. The key thing is we're making a trilogy of Mass ... (continued on next page)
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