Mass Effect 2 PS3 using Mass Effect 3 engine

Producer Jesse Houston reveals the forthcoming port has gone gold, will use visually superior technology than its predecessors.

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Yesterday, BioWare community coordinator Evil Chris Priestley posted and hosted a new podcast focusing on Mass Effect 2 for the PlayStation 3. His first order of business was to report the port of the critically acclaimed game--a nominee for GameSpot's 2010 Game of the Year--has gone gold for Sony's system. It is now on track to ship in North America on January 18 and in Europe on January 21.

The PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 will use Mass Effect 3's engine.

After host Chris Priestley repeatedly cited the "huge" demand for the game amongst PlayStation 3 owners, he introduced the producer of the port, Jesse Houston. Houston then went on to drop a bit of a bombshell--namely, that the PS3 edition of Mass Effect 2 will have superior visuals vis-a-vis its counterparts because it is running on the Mass Effect 3 engine.

"One of the first things you're going to see is improved graphics," said Houston. "We actually created the engine for Mass Effect 3 and then used that to make Mass Effect 2 PS3. We took the content, the story, all the other assets that made Mass Effect 2, and we put it into the Mass Effect 3 engine. That's what we're actually delivering."

Houston went on to mention some other improvements the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 will have over its elder siblings. "The controls are geared to the PS3 controller, [although] you can switch it back to the old Xbox 360 style controls if you'd like. Things like planet scanning have been improved, we've rolled in all the patches, done a ton of bug fixing." Houston also said that community feedback had been taken into account for numerous gameplay tweaks and adjustments.

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 a player's 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.

Discussion

349 comments
grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@Qv9 Dude, how much better do you need ME3 to look? ME2 is already a freaking gorgeous game.

tremor33
tremor33

Sweet. Any game that gets delayed on one platform should get upgraded or bonus content when it's ported to the other.

Solamon
Solamon

@thanatosser: Gee, I wonder why you were censored? In case it's not coming across through my text, I'm being sarcastic. You are acting like an idiot and are making all of us 360 supporters look bad. Please stop trying to help since you don't know how to.

badman11226
badman11226

Down with exclusives. ITs good to see another exclusive gone. Exclusive game should only be made by the company that makes the console. If you dont make that console then ur game shouldn't be exclusive.

Qv9
Qv9

The sucky part is that theyre saying the new mass effect 3 will look as good, not better than mass effect 2. Now better graphics is 1 less thing to look 4ward to.

thanatosser
thanatosser

Reposted for the benefit of all you fanboys and the enemies of free opinion at Gamespot HQ! who recently silenced my opinion here and condoned racism in another thread when I verbally called out a biggot openly using the N word, they censored my anger towards him and they censored me here... "lol, bickering! But ps3 owners are the worst because they whine and seem to be more hateful of other platforms. You sure do bite quickly you poisonous whinging little scabs, you indeed are a blight upon your chosen platform. Its a great machine, lord knows why it attracts such subhuman antogonistic filth. I see your comments and your attitude and it makes me sick. you deserve this repremand so take it and then sit in the corner and be quiet! I think Xbox and PC owners have a right to feel sold short here, PS3 owners don’t have the same appreciation or emotional investment that PC and Xbox users have built up having supported this supposedly exclusive series from the start. But also Bioware and EA are to blame for having a dodgy sense of logic and loyalty to their user base, giving this much to one and not the other is slighting the existing fan base and is essentially setting one set of users against the other, how could this move NOT generate resentment and on that basis it is unethical. The game should go to the ps3 in the same state as the other platforms got it and for the equivalent price or not at all... period."

zetapsi147
zetapsi147

That kinda stinks that the PS3 version is going to be alot better.

organbank
organbank

Boring game is still crap no matter how you dress it up...

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

Oh and because I was honest and nice about Sony in the last two posts let me clarify(because I am a 360 fanboy) Death to Sony, PS3 is awfull, Long live the King 360.... Fanboy duties fullfilled! LOL

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

Wow 360 graphics are at their peak huh? I'm curious where that has been reported officially. Oh wait... no where because it is in no way true. Both systems will continue to improve as code is refined and engines are built to take advantage of new updates, patches and software technologies. The 360 had such a huge jumpstart over PS3 because of its close relation to the Windows OS and DirectX. It was and remains easier to program for. But it seems developers are finally getting a grasp on Sony's architecture and that should increase game quality as well as game output. But Xbox has a pretty big lead in this Gen and MS can simply release a new system in the next couple years, again ahead of Sony, and continue the trend if they in fact "peak" at some point in the near future. To date however, I have not seen any report that the PS3 has superior graphic quality in games release on both systems. We will see if this changes.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Iaplace985 LOL I love that post! Kinda like how MS and Apple are both owned by MS! I dont think Sony and MS would ever join forces though, lots of competing blood between the two LOL And to everyone else, congrats on getting to play ME2 PS3 folks. I'm not a fan of Sony's system, but this is one of the greatest games ever made and its not fair that you couldn't play it. Its just that good. I love my Xbox exclusives but this game is just too epic not to let everyone have access too it. Here's to ME3 winning game of the year next year!

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

This year is freakin' NUTZ for PS3! Twisted Metal, LBP, Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, InFamous, Mass Effect 2! Damn! Just damn!

ff10andff12
ff10andff12

Helz yea ive been waiting for ME2 for ps3 for so long!

laplace985
laplace985

what if the the xbox 360 and the ps3 were both owned by a secret corporation. The same corporation???

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Egotte The 800 HD "rehashes" don't look as bad as alot of people make them out to be, atleast I haven't found that. The 200 premium cars do look superb especially from first person; Forza 3s visuals are undeniably good but it doesn't seem to have the graphical brilliance GT5 does at times. Uncharted and Little Big Planet will always be standout because Uncharted has alot of colour ranges and LBP just has a unique look to it that's very appealing. God Of War 3s boss battles are standout for me because the visuals don't deteriorate even when zoomed right out when fighting up Kronos. Is it just me but I find Crysis 2 hasn't advanced much since the original Crysis graphically.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Egotte Developpers aren't making games for PC like they used to. The potential market is much larger on consoles now for most games other than mmo; it's just not worth it. I'd say 360 visuals are probably at peak but no doubt the PS3 hasn't got that much more to give.Develppers didn't seem to know how to develop for the PS3 properly until 2009 with Motorstorm and Metal Gear Solid 4 being exceptions. As it stands now I'd say God Of War 3 is best visually on PS3.Gran Turismo 5 isn't far off the mark either. Next year based on trailers and gameplay videos, Resistance 3 seems to be the best looking game bizarrely seeing as the past 2 titles haven't been graphical showcases.

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

@Egotte visuals on 360 are at a peak, ps3 keeps advancing. Thats the beauty. Like i was saying when it was released, so many people struggled to program it because it was so complex. Exactly the same happened with ps2. Only in the last couple of years did they squeeze the quality out of that with god of war etc. This is happening again, just look at the new drake compared to the last, or the power in Killzone 3, or on topic this mass effect 2 (though the demo looked like junk to me) Its ignorant to say consoles are holding back pc, nothing stops manufactures from making pc games. They should and could make amazing ones, they just dare not invest because the returns are not there. Consoles are empowering the markets selling billions, the only problem is the big sellers are graphically beautiful and simple games. I tihnk you dont understand pcs most people dont have a good pc, about 5% of people have a super nerd machine powerful enough to render what you talk about, so its not worth investing in those games. But thats the nature of mass market, simplicity appeals to the masses. Nothing to do with console power holding the games back... For example it would be interesting to see what something like total war sold, compared to cod. Or how the new shogun will do. I for one want more cerebral pc games, but its not going to happen, as people are less cerebral now im afraid.

MaP_Hagmen
MaP_Hagmen

I think it a good thing this game is coming to the PS3 it a great game and think it will be enjoy by the PS3 gamers only the sad Hardcore PS3 Fanboys and 360 haters will not want to play it... you are in for some good time... but I hope Bioware have move all DLC to free on the 360 if it going to be free with the PS3 verison

thanatosser
thanatosser

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kramer83
kramer83

An interactive comic? Um i'm pretty sure everyone would rather just play the 1st game.

lauriedunsire
lauriedunsire

@MisterD3000 There will be a 15 minute 'graphic novel' type introduction to the PS3 game that will fill in players on the storyline thus far, and will also allow decisions to be made that will affect the narrative also. Just so us PS3 players aren't in the dark on the characters and story! Really looking forward to this!

laughingassasin
laughingassasin

@Egotte Yeah how is ps3 soon to be outdated, its more recent then xbox 360, it came out like a year later i think, and i dont see why we ps3 0wners dont deserve the game, it pisses me off that there are exclusives at all, for either system, its gay theyd make way more money any way if it was released on another system as well

superbuuman
superbuuman

Wow didn't realise Mass Effect wasn't out on PS3 ...great package PS3 owners are getting...Already have it on PC..might even pick this one up.

torbonator
torbonator

@Egotte soon to be outdated....... blu-ray rom mate...... the 360 only has dvd rom, what's more outdated? (I have both consoles and play mass effect on pc so don't bother shouting fan boy at me)

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@Egotte, I am just joking. Why are you jealous and serious? Xbox 360 owners got couple of franchise that are exclusive to Sony consoles like Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid. Be happy for PS3 owners, it not like you guys lost Mass Effect to us.

kiopta1
kiopta1

Why do so many peeps complain about devs doing things to make money or DLC costing too much....This is a business...making money is the point...the fact that games are also an art IMO just adds to the passion of devs/fans and the quality of product. If you have a problem with the cost don't buy or get a job. Amazing I just solved a problem for gamers. I support Bioware's moves because I love the product they put out and how much the fans can influence the games. If Bioware was actually Sh!tin on their fans then I would sing a different toon.

kiopta1
kiopta1

The only cure to fanboyism is to buy both systems (or more cowbell)...like me and now I enjoy both worlds...tee hee! For those PS3 peeps that have yet to experience this triology...enjoy cause its one of the best ever.

Darkman2007
Darkman2007

at least PS3 owners got something out of waiting more time.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

Why are the Xbox 360 owners are jealous? We, PS3 owners, deserve this franchise.

MisterD3000
MisterD3000

the big key to the matter is, what about the original Mass Effect. I am to understand (being a PS3 mark, myself...no Xbox 360 here) Mass Effect had a HUGE impact on the gameplay of Mass Effect 2. If they're just skipping directly to ME2, that's kind of a piss off. I mean, It's like giving someone a sequal without giving them the original to enjoy the story base.

sephiroth136
sephiroth136

lol at the 360 fanboys/girls who are ticked off that ME2 is going on PS3, therefore losing another exclusive. I however don't mind one bit as, although i used to be a 360 fanboy i realised that most of the great games i had on 360 were also on PS3 and that apart from Reach, Forza 3, Mass Effect and (maybe) Fable 3 there weren't many good exclusives on 360 so i decided to get a PS3 and haven't regretted it.

Skargamer
Skargamer

Huge demand for the game? That's why it's a freakin exclusive you ***! :x

isshiah
isshiah

part of me wants to be an xbox fanboy and rage about how unfair it is. the rest of is just happy more people get to play this game and suffer through the mining mechanic. muahahahaha!!! nevertheless i might buy this again some time in the future (on ps3) just to check out the comic. i'm playing it through again after killing off wrex and keeping the council in ME1 just to see the changes.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

@durio whoa dude calm down I'm just saying that it seems like everytime this thing happens it benefits those who play on Playstation. The same thing happened with Resident Evil 4 back on gamecube luckily all the added goods came out in the Wii edition so I got to play it. I'd be cool with it if it happened the other way around once in a while.

thanatosser
thanatosser

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SubGum
SubGum

@_Silent_Jay_ point is UE3 doesn't run as well as many newer engines today do. Would have been nice to see a new engine used for ME3. Not a deal breaking event by any means, just saying it would have been nice.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

off topic, but ps3 owners who get this.... i recommed always having grunt on your team ;) and good luck on the suicide mission

XZ219
XZ219

I think when a game is re-released with free DLC content on it, the price of the DLC on XBL or PSN should be slashed. Re-releasing ME2 for 360 would be stupid, and I don't think anyone was actually suggesting that. But cutting the price of the DLC isn't unreasonable, IMO.

durio
durio

@WafflePrime Mate, sit on it. - I hate how fanboys have been roaming around these recent threads. In all seriousness, what profit is EA going to make if they brought out the same thing again for 360 with slightly tweaked graphics, and a free DLC (which you've already played): anyone with any sense of logic would say, that is a non-profitable move, and an idiotic one. . That said PS3 owners are getting it late, because Microsoft no longer have the rights to the game. They're making a game that is already a year old appealing to a new audience. How is this a personal attack? . If you actually had the time & money to buy the game all over again, I'm sure you'd also be able to chip in for a PS3? Grow some balls and shut it!

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Mass Effect 2 already looks better than the first game but it could look better. I might have to grab the game and see it for myself.

macca366
macca366

Sounds like a fantastic deal for PS3 owners to me. Getting a PS3 is seeming increasingly more attractive to me. I've got to say though, it makes me a little irritated that the port gets all of the downloadable content with it, whilst I, having bought both ME1 and ME2 for the 360, still have to pay for it. I suggest anyone with a PS3 doesn't miss out on this

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

I hate how every game that is "exclusive" eventually comes out for Playstation with free bonus content. Not that I think Playstation owners shouldn't enjoy Mass Effect but the fact that they get more/better content than 360 owners for the same price isn't fair to the fans who have supported the game since ME1.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Too bad the new engine still can't overcome the PS3 bottleneck (and 360 for that matter) of screen resolution and won't be native 1080p rendering, or have all the effects up to max like a PC could do.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I'm just curious if this was a loophole used to evade the exclusive deal, kind of like how ninja gaiden 2 made it to PS3. Bioware = sellouts

GodzillavsXenu
GodzillavsXenu

E-i-N-e > Why can't you just give it a rest and be glad a great game will be played by more people? Does everything have to devolve in to a console dick measuring contest?

DKant
DKant

"Choices made while reading the comic will also have an effect on a player's character creation." Nice touch Bioware! :)