Despite starting as a Microsoft published title on Xbox 360 and PC, the Mass Effect series branched out onto the PlayStation 3 with Mass Effect 2 thanks to Electronic Arts. The series, however, might be making another jump with its third entry.
On EA press site they list Mass Effect 3 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and “Next Gen.” Exactly what platform that is isn’t listed. Considering the Wii U is planned to be launched in 2012 as well, Nintendo’s platform is probably a good guess. That or maybe even the PlayStation Vita.
There’s always the possibility of it being a currently unannounced platform, but with rumored hardware launches pointing at 2013 at the earliest, that seems a bit far out.
Mass Effect 3 launches March 6, 2012 in North America, followed by a European release on March 9, 2012.
While Daytona USA may be familiar to most as “That game made by the people behind Outrun with an AMAZING soundtrack”, that description does a dis-service to one of the most influential arcade racing games ever. It’s amazing to think that an arcade game released 18 years ago would still be such a mainstay in arcades, showing how well the game has aged (Did I mention that the fastest racer in the Saturn port was a HORSE!)
As a testament to this, SEGA have not only announced the re release of Daytona USA for XBLA and PSN, but also confirmed that it will be available for download as soon as this month. The HD port will include touched up visuals (similar to Guardian Heroes which was released yesterday on XBLA) and online multi player to replicate the arcade feel to the finest detail (except digging into your pockets to find another quarter). The game will be released on October 26 for 800 Microsoft points and for $9.99 on PSN on October 25.
The team behind ‘Splosion Man and his girlfriend Ms. ‘Splosion Man, Twisted Pixel, now belong to Microsoft after they were purchased in a deal recently.
The news broke on Major Nelson’s Blog, welcoming the former Indie Company to it’s ranks, following such companies as Rare and Lionhead Studios to promising exclusivity to the 360. This is potentially the first step in the XBLA and PSN becoming two distinct offerings, rather than oddly similar markets, with more and more exclusives coming out for both consoles.
Twisted Pixel, who were also responsible for The Maw, and GunStringer, have not mentioned what games they have in the works for their new bosses, but time will tell just what they can bring to the XBLA table.