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.
There has been recent speculation of Mass Effect 3 to include some sort of multiplayer aspect to the game. Well today, Casey Hudson and Bioware make tweets confirming that multiplayer Co-Op missions will be coming to Mass Effect 3.
“Yes, co-op MP missions for #ME3: they’re real, and they’re spectacular. Rest assured it’s nothing of what you’ve feared. More soon…” – @CaseyDHudson
“There will be a multiplayer component for #ME3. Full details soon, so wait until then before making your decision. We think you’ll like it!” – @bioware
We will keep you updated with further details when they surface.
Legendary Entertainment, the company behind the Mass Effect movie, has finally released information about the project they have been working on, and one noticeable piece of intel is Seth Green will not be taking the role of Joker.
While fan backlash has been started over smaller things, it could be a clever swerve, or they are trying to put their own spin on it. The movie will also be an entirely new story as well as focus on male Commander Shepard – no timeline as to when, just the confirmation of what is not in it – so this won’t be an adaption of the soon to be finished trilogy. No other casting decisions – or indeed, what exclusions have been made certain, but Legendary – the company behind Inception and The Dark Knight, did state that Bioware were heavily involved in the process of making sure the story would fit in with the timeline.
With movies adapted from games being notoriously…meh, one of the greatest series in recent times now faces a challenge – will the new story, lack of two fan favourites in the form of FemShep and Seth Green be a hinderence, or will Legendary buck the trend? I’m desperately hoping for the latter.
(Source: Kotaku )
Bioware is looking to finally bridge the upcoming Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 2 with their new DLC, Mass Effect: Arrival. The story is focused around a mission to save a spy who has information on a coming Reaper invasion. Presumably, this is the very same invasion that will become the focal point for Mass Effect 3. You can pick it up on the 29th, the Tuesday after the launch of the 3DS.
The fantastic, cute, and funny Felicia Day, if you can’t tell I am a fan, of The Guild is going to write and star in a series of Dragon Age web shows. No information yet on where they will be available or how but she did say on twitter that she was approached by Bioware to make them. It won’t be out before the game, but it will be out some time later this year. It will star Felicia Day as an elven Assassin named Tallis. There is no information on what her backround as an elf, whether she is a City elf or a Woodland elf, it should also have a bit of humor but mostly a dramatic series. It will run 6 episodes and to assuage the fears of any fellow The Guild fans The Guild just got picked up for a 5th season and will continue on.
Apparently, Mass Effect 2 gamers have been finding themselves [very rarely] experiencing a nasty bug that is corrupting save files and ruining hours of hard work and labor.
Thankfully, Bioware’s technical support department aren’t as lazy as Obsidian with their Fallout New Vegas patches and have already begun fixing the issue.
“This patch is then being delivered to Sony ASAP for verification and distribution. We will announce as soon the patch is available. Please see the below patch notes for a complete list of what will be included.” says Bioware.
-Fixed a crash related to memory fragmentation. This fix will also resolve the crashing that corrupted Save Games.
-Slightly improved load times and level streaming.
-Added some telemetry to better improve future titles.
-Updated some strings to fix spelling mistakes (Sorry Kaidan!)
-Fixed the picture frame in Shepard’s Cabin to accurately reflect your love interest choices in Mass Effect: Genesis.
-Fixed a rare crash in the PSN version in Shepard’s Cabin.
But if you’re unable to wait that long…
“There is a very simple work around to ensure the freezing and corruption issues are minimized. Simply restart your game every few hours. By shutting down and restarting your game, you will not encounter the corrupted save issue.” says Bioware.
I’m a weird guy in the sense that, when it comes to visuals, unless they are side by side, I can’t tell the difference. So IGN put Mass Effect 2 on PS3 and Xbox 360 side by side, just for me. Yep. And maybe for you too.
The most immediately noticeable difference is that the PS3 version seems more vibrant and glowy. Honestly, it seems more of a shift in style rather than an actual visual improvement. Of course, the PS3 version is still technically a work in progress, but the title is launching next month. So, most likely, what you see is what you get.
You can check out the comparison video after the jump.
This may be unsuprising considering the work EA is putting into the upcoming Mass Effect 2 port, but it is interesting considering how big of an Xbox exclusive this game started out being. I can safely say it wasen’t Halo, but Mass Effect that made me get a 360. Mass Effect is a fantastic Sci-Fi universe up there with the likes of Star Trek for me, and the series has been, like many other Bioware classics, based around player choice.
The original game boasted that the character transfer to the second game would be significant in it’s effect and they did not lie. The choices made in one have some pretty major effects on the world you adventure through in two. It looks like next Holiday anyone with an HD capable console or decent PC will be able to enjoy Bioware’s Opus.
The funny thing is that while it may be coming to all three console the character transfer capabilities have all but confirmed that I will own the trilogy on 360.
Mass Effect 2 was a huge hit on the 360 in early January of this year. While the first game will never be able to make it’s way onto the PS3 the second game wasen’t published by Microsoft so EA is porting it with a motion comic on the begining to brief PS3 players on the first game’s plot and to let you make the major choices. Finally the game has been dated at about a year from the release of the 360 version January 18, 2010 in North America, and January 21 in Europe.
Rumors have circulated recently that Mass Effect 3 will be announced at tommorow’s VGA’s and recently EA slipped up by putting the pre-order for 3 up on their site this morning complete with a giant description. “Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth”.
This does nothing to confirm or deny the other rumors that there may be multiplayer in the final game. We will have to wait till tommorow for complete confirmation and hopefully a trailer.
(Source: 1up.com, Giantbomb)
We all know Mass Effect 3 is coming. It is just a matter of when it will be officially revealed. Sony Russia seems to already know when that when is.
Spike TV revealed a teaser video of BioWare’s next project, showing about a single second of footage for an unknown title. The gun in the trailer has confirmed by fans as one of the guns in the Mass Effect universe, so many are expecinting a new Mass Effect title… including Sony Russia. Sony Russia tweeted (rough translation) “The company Bioware for premium VGA showed a teaser in which we can see the first shots of Mass Effect 3.”
Speculation has going around that the title to be revealed is going to be a multiplayer spin-off title, but Sony Russia’s comment would make it seem that we are inbound for the third entry. Considering the third entry has already been confirmed, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the title revealed.
Spike TV’s 2010 Video Game Awards will be broadcasting December 11th at 5 PM Pacific time. So be sure to tune in to find out exactly what this title is, and probably plenty of other announcements.