GDC: BioWare refuses to rule out Mass Effect 2 for PS3

Thursday, 26th March 2009 14:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Looks like PS3 users may get their hands on Mass Effect 2 yet.

Speaking with Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk during a demo of Dragon Age: Origins at GDC yesterday, we asked point blank if the was headed to the console or not.

“We have announced Mass Effect 2 for PC and Xbox 360,” said Ray.

“We have no comment beyond that.”

EA refused to comment on a PS3 version of the game back in February, when John Riccitiello saying it would be a multi-platform affair.

When the game was officially announced in a press release earlier this month, again a PS3 version was not mentioned.

Game is expected to arrive sometime in early 2010.



  1. f1r3storm

    If they do, then Mass Effect 1 must be ported, too. Wouldn’t make much sense otherwise.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Very fishy, this. I just expected them to say, “No.”

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    It’s an EA game… it’ll make its way to PS3.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Shatner

    Maybe they’d rather people speculated and benefit from the mindshare of ME2 than say “no” outright and lose that extra coverage.

    On the one hand, you have EA who are usually keen to bring stuff out on as many platforms as they can. On the other hand you’ve got Bioware who, as far as I can recall, have never put anything out on a Sony machine ever with stuff like the Baldurs Gate spinoffs handled by other developers.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    It does just make me think they’re planning to bring both to PS3 at some point. Logically, I don’t know why they wouldn’t.

    Microsoft would have to give them a huge amount of money to make it worth keeping it off PS3 completely.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    It’d surprise me if the PS3 doesn’t get the second game. Equally it would surprise me if it does get the first one. It’d be much easier to just do a ‘previous on Mass Effect’ video at the start of the game. :-)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    This is true.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    Or maybe the second game’s plot’s properly standalone.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Blerk

    That would make more sense. You can still enjoy Empire Strikes Back even if you haven’t seen Star Wars.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Mike

    If what they say is true, and your previous save will affect ME2 in some way, then I’m sure PS3 owners need to have played ME1 or else they could be missing out on something.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    Being honest? I’ve never watched Empire Strikes Back all the way through. I have no idea why. I’ve seen Star Wars and Return of the Jedi countless times. I will, therefore, refuse to play Mass Effect 2 out of principal.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. lelik

    is that a joke? really?

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Blerk

    What? Empire is the best Star Wars film! You don’t need the others!

    Mike, I’m sure it’ll be perfectly possible to play the sequel without having that save. I imagine it’ll just carry across your custom character and your ‘who gets to die’ decision. Several PS2 RPGs did a similar thing and they all have an option to just start from scratch without a save.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Lutz

    I’ll also refuse to play ME2 out of principle.
    In that I didn’t like ME1.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Patrick Garratt

    It’s true. I’ve seen most of it loads of times. I’ve got it on DVD here.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Mike

    Watch it you foooooool!!!!!!

    (and play ME1) Lutz is nuts. Don’t listen to him.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll do both. I’ll play the PC version.

    #17 6 years ago

    I really hope that it makes it to the PS3. Even though the elevators were killer in the first game, the story and gameplay more than made up for it.

    Im sure ME2 will be even better than the first and i really hope to play it on the PS3. ( played the first one on brothers 360 )

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Elevators? Do you go up and down a lot?

    #19 6 years ago
  20. epic_wanderer

    They use lifts to hide loading times.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Blerk

    And I didn’t think they were that bad, tbh. Although I was playing it from the hard drive rather than from the disc.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Anyway, why didn’t you use the new piece of art that they released for this story, eh?

    #22 6 years ago
  23. epic_wanderer

    The lifts were better than a loading screen. The characters would chat to each other and there was occasional radio broadcasts if I remember correctly.

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Patrick Garratt

    We used it on the other story before. Twice in the same page is just amateur :)

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Blerk

    Zoinks! I completely missed that story. :-D

    Epic’s right, too – you occasionally got access to side-missions through things that happen in the elevator. News broadcasts or things that your companions say to you.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Mike


    #26 6 years ago
  27. dannyboy

    This article is extremely misleading and should be corrected or deleted.

    Multi-platform regarding this game is PC and Xbox 360. Multi-platform doesn’t necessarily mean multi-console. (PC is a platform, Xbox 360 is a platform).

    If someone asked EA if Mass Effect 2 was coming to PSP or Mac or Wii, EA and Bioware would also give you a “no comment” because there isn’t a thing to comment on. Not every “no comment” means something is being hidden, it simply means, there is no comment to make.

    The article title “BioWare refuses to rule out Mass Effect 2 for PS3″ misleads people into thinking that it will appear on PS3. This is all based on speculation when EA mentioned “multi-platform” for the release of Mass Effect 2, but ignored the fact they listed “Xbox 360 and PC”. I understand the title is eye catching, but please try to have some fact go along with it.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. No_PUDding

    Calm down dear, it’s only an article.

    If this does come to Ps3 I look forward to naming my character ‘Plastic Shepard’, by the looks of the article picture.

    #28 6 years ago

    dannyboy – Publishers have been known, and have in fact denied a game going to a certain console. Ask Kojima if Metal Gear Solid 4 is going to the 360 and he will say flat out “no” not ‘no comment’.
    When the first Mass Effect came out, they said no way its coming to the PS3, not ‘no comment at this time’

    The reason that its an issue here is because EA is known to be a multiplatform publisher. I cant remember the last game that they brought out that was exclusive to one console.

    And to me, multipatform means both consoles. Not PC.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. dannyboy

    To you and everyone else, multi-platform means multi-platform. It is a fact that all devices running games is a “platform”. EA had *already* announced the *platforms* this game will be available for. PC and Xbox 360.

    Some how, one journalist mentioned PS3 in the same original report from EA about this game and now it’s spawning a set of rumors that really isn’t true and as such, like any company would say, “no comment.”

    Journalist, “Can you tell us if you’re going to publish a version of Halo 3 ODST for the Playstation 3?”

    Microsoft, “We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

    Journalist two hours later: “Microsoft refuses to rule to Halo 3 ODST for Playstation 3.”

    Rinse and repeat.

    Since EA also did not rule out the Wii, will Wii also get Mass Effect 2?

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Cort

    “We do not comment on rumors or speculation” is well-known and widely accepted PR code for “Yes”.

    There is a HUGE difference between “We do not comment on rumors or speculation” and “No”, as a scanning of similar stories and later outcomes will show you.

    #31 6 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    Really? Whilst I think in this case it probably is, I can think of loads of examples of companies refusing to comment and the rumour not happening.

    #32 6 years ago

    Can the Wii run Mass Effect to on its hardware? No. So its not even possible that it would come.

    But since EA doesnt so exclusives it wouldnt be ruled out.

    All im saying is that if it is NOT coming to the PS3, why not just say ‘no ‘ as they have before.

    No comment – means they havent ruled it out.

    You obviously are all hurt at the idea that it would come to the PS3, so i think that there is a personal interest in the story and your reaction to the title of the piece.

    #33 6 years ago

    *EA doesnt DO exclusives…

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Cort

    PR people (or people coached by them) know how their words are interpreted and choose them very carefully. I’ll accept it doesn’t *always* mean yes, but often “we’re looking at it” or “watch this space” instead Just because something doesn’t happen it doesn’t mean it was never a possibility.

    And would MS really reply “no comment” to a question about Halo possibly going multi-platform?

    #35 6 years ago
  36. XDamage

    “And would MS really reply “no comment” to a question about Halo possibly going multi-platform?”

    Hehe. That would have started the biggest internet shit storm known to man in that case. ;)

    #36 6 years ago

    xdamage – agreed.

    #37 6 years ago
  38. mach1ne17

    Perhaps Sony is planning on announcing this during E3 like Microsoft did with Final Fantasy last year.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. theevilaires

    that would be crazy mach1ne17

    #39 6 years ago

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