Ever since the first Mass Effect launched in 2007, PlayStation 3 owners have been unable to sample the sci-fi role-playing game series--unless they own an Xbox 360 or PC. Today, though, Electronic Arts finally dated the series' debut on Sony's console. The publisher confirmed to GameSpot that Mass Effect 2 will arrive on North American PS3s on January 18, with a European launch to follow on January 21.
Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 will include the original game and several downloadable content packs released for the game on a single Blu-ray disc. The extra content includes the Lair of the Shadow Broker, Project Overlord, Kasumi: Stolen Memory, and Blood Dragon Armor packs.
PS3 gamers who purchase Mass Effect 2 new will also gain access to the Cerberus Network, which offers free content ranging from the Zaeed character missions to the Hammerhead hovertank. Used-game purchasers who want said content will be required to purchase access to the Cerberus Network.
BioWare will also be offering a make-good to PS3 gamers for the absence of the original game on Sony's platform. The studio's Edmonton arm will be collaborating with Dark Horse Comics on an interactive comic that helps fill in the story leading up to the events in Mass Effect 2. Choices made while reading the comic will also have an effect on players' character creation.
For an idea of what to expect from Mass Effect 2 on the PS3, check out GameSpot's coverage of the Xbox 360 edition.