Mass Effect 2 affects X360, PC simultaneously

BioWare's action role-playing sequel will storm onto both platforms concurrently for expected Q1 2010 launch.

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The Canadian studio BioWare has a history of releasing role-playing games exclusively for Xbox platforms--like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, and Mass Effect--only to have them arrive on the PC a few months later. However, the studio will make an exception to that pattern, as it said the forthcoming RPG Mass Effect 2 will have a simultaneous Xbox 360 and PC release.

They seem to be an inseparable duo, just like the PC and Xbox 360 editions.

In an interview with VG247, Jesse Houston, the associate producer of the upcoming title, said the simultaneous launch was based on how the original Mass Effect was adapted for the PC.

"We learned a lot from building the PC version before, and having built it six months later, there was a big difference," Houston said, "So we actually took what we learned from PC and put it back into 360. Fundamentally, we want you to have the same gameplay experience, but just with the difference in controls. This time around, doing it at the same time for a sim-ship, we can control the differences much more smoothly because it’s the same team building it now."

Mass Effect 2 is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PC before the end of EA's current fiscal year, which runs through March 31, 2010. The sequel to the 2007 action role-playing game Mass Effect, the upcoming title will allow players to import character decisions made in the original game.

For more information on Mass Effect 2, be sure to check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

126 comments
E8_UFO
E8_UFO

This game is brilliant :D

DrBlumpkin
DrBlumpkin

I hope this comes to ps3. Loved the first one but my Xbox is deciding to take a crap on me and I really hate to give microsoft money. It still works but its a frankenstein xbox with no top now and the only reason im trying to keep it alive is to play this game.

CHILENO39
CHILENO39

wtf this looks like shet in comparison with FFXIII

oiram1246
oiram1246

I have mass effect on the pc is there any chance that you will be able to tranfer my pc data to xbox 360

Hellfire93
Hellfire93

Can't wait for this still playing mass effect and its awesome.

TheTechGeek
TheTechGeek

Hell yeah dont have to wait another half year like last time... Mass Effect is in my opinion the best RPG in terms of plot and choices made in the past couple of years. Bioware is my favorite gaming studio right now, only they make things like they used to be... as in gameplay over graphics and gimmicks.

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

Mass Effect 2 should be awesome:D

Sabzak
Sabzak

I couldn't stop playing the first ME 'till I unlocked every medal featured and beated the game with every characterestic from evil to saint , and I hope this one will fulfil my expectations .

Big_Mahfah_John
Big_Mahfah_John

What mumsy doesnt know what hurt her, pwnd56! this game is deffinately worth breaking the rules for. so will be cod6, odst, asassins creed 2, conviction... the list DOES go on...

Pwnd56
Pwnd56

great, now I have even more sadness about not being able to play M games.

GaRdYbOy
GaRdYbOy

It's achievements time,well not yet but soon =D

Tombackman_5
Tombackman_5

Can I please just see some actual gameplay footage???? Not this edited stuff!

thomester
thomester

Darn. And I thought I didn't have a reason to get a new computer.

firehawk998
firehawk998

This a must have for any RPG fans. GOTY materail right here.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

This one's a definite pre-order. I loved the original, but it definitely needed some work around the edges. If this one fine-tunes the engine and lives up to its ambitious design, it'll be something special.

Deano
Deano

I wouldn't mind getting the PC version, but all my saves are on my xbox so I think i'll just stick with the xbox version. I think most guys will do that since it was on the xbox for ages before it came to the PC.

brendameistar
brendameistar

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sircyrus
sircyrus

This better not mean the PC performance is crap, as so often happens with multiplatform games.

giu926
giu926

i want this soooo bad......started playing again the other day , and the game is still amazing!

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Best RPG of the Year Best Action-RPG of the Year Game of the Year All of those were awards earny by Mass Effect. The fact that my decisions and my actions from the first game on Xbox 360 will influence the environment and the plot in Mass Effect 2 is amazing! I have a strong feeling Mass Effect 2 is going to earn all of those awards again!

PAL360
PAL360

This will be the best game this gen. Everything looks improved!!!!

Natural_Genius
Natural_Genius

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bennie12
bennie12

Yes Lord, this game is the greatest. When PS3 fans trash talk the 360, just name this game.

mardinn
mardinn

badtaker Wow you really lived under a rock til now friend... because its harder to crack console games... so they will get good money first... then when then Pc comes about 20% of the games are pirated....

payne6705
payne6705

I hope in this game they atleast fix the inventory system towards the end everything I picked up I had to turn into bio-gel or w/e it was because I couldn't carry anymore items

LittleDuck
LittleDuck

What I want to know is, will I be able to transfer my saved PC stuff go onto the Xbox 360 version?

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

I can already tell this is going to be my new favorite game ever.

dadyo_chan
dadyo_chan

just wondering... can't shepard get 2 girls at once... LOL

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

One of the benefits of having EA at the helm. PC gamers get to have Mass Effect 2 at the same time as the console version.

chriscox121
chriscox121

smurfa1-"it should be possible to have male/male and female/female relation as well as to the ones from ME1." Wrong just plain wrong.

NuKkU
NuKkU

looking forward to it just beat Mass Effect this past weekend for the first time GREAT game

VengfulOne
VengfulOne

Finally some love for pc gamers! Thanks BioWare. Just don't rush it!

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

I finished the game a while ago and defenitiely picking the sequal up when it hits stores...I for-see My 360 getting loads of playing time in 2010 :D

smurfa1
smurfa1

In response to Samuelfelipe: Somewhat agree with you. I liked the way how BioWare created this "controversial" love part, and I am also hoping they would expand the concept even more in ME2. Most people will probably flame me for saying this, but optional, it should be possible to have male/male and female/female relation as well as to the ones from ME1. With that said, and anyone who now thinks about responding me with various foul words etcetera go ahead I do not care. I am a liberal male respecting most humans, and yes I prefer girls. Problems with including above mentioned parts would be the game having a 21+ age limit and be banned (for some reason) in a couple of countries. That would affect sales rate hence it will not appear.

Samuelfelipe
Samuelfelipe

They should make this game + 21 and allow us to hit on those hot chiks..bow chicka wow wow.

Samuelfelipe
Samuelfelipe

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ShinessEver
ShinessEver

Will this awesome sequel support Xbox360 controllers on PC?

GazaAli
GazaAli

SWEET! this is indeed good news

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Woo Hoo can't wait for my PC copy.

XeonForce
XeonForce

That's some fugly cover art... >_>

Johnnyb437
Johnnyb437

This is shaping up to be a great game..Can't wait till it comes out. And, what is with everyone whining about this game not being on PS3? It's called business. Microsoft simply has a better business relationship with Bioware than Sony does. We all have to accept that and move on. It is all about the money. PS3 does have some good games out for it so quit complaining. If you want ME2 so bad then go buy yourself a 360 or just upgrade your PC. Am I the only one who is tired of this console war? Geez, save the flaming for your closet ok guys?

badtaker
badtaker

Till date i never understood why PC and consoles games are not released at same time

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

One thing that pisses me off is when people say why isnt this ont he PS3. WTF... seriously are people that stupid. Its all one sided, I mean its allways why can't Halo, Gears, L4D, Mass Effect be on the PS3 and then its like the 360 can't have any PS3 exclusive. You can say this about any game. Exclusives have been around since they very origins of gaming and if you still have not gotten used to that you might as well find a different hobby.

Gothika707
Gothika707

Tht's the way should all games follow first develop pc version and then adapt the game to consoles

jin-ro
jin-ro

just finish the first one ,cant wait for that ,shame its exclusive though ,have to swap console with my mate.....

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

Lots of people still believe what the media/publishers say is the absolute truth. Well, all I can say is they are very trusting and have very short memories!