As Videogamer.com reports, Bioware has officially announced the long-anticipated RPG sequel, Mass Effect 2 …but PlayStation 3 owners will be disappointed to learn that their console of choice wasn't mentioned.
Most people simply assumed that in this new generation that has seen the demise of multiple third-party exclusives, Mass Effect 2 would be on all three major platforms. It was also important to note that with EA holding the publishing reigns, it seemed even more likely to find this sequel on the PS3. But either the game will be another timed exclusive, or it simply won't come to Sony's machine at all. Dr. Ray Muzyka, general manager and CEO of Bioware:
"We're going to surpass the extraordinary gaming experience we brought our fans in Mass Effect by delivering intensified combat and expanded weapon options as well as increased depth of planet exploration, all while delivering a powerful, emotionally engaging story. Mass Effect 2 is shaping up to be an unforgettable RPG-shooter experience, taking players on a non-stop roller-coaster ride filled with stunning plot twists and no-holds-barred action."
The title is slated to arrive in early 2010 and is confirmed for the Xbox 360 and PC. But that's where it ends and it's disappointing for PS3 fans, many of whom had been counting on this sequel to go fully multiplatform. Again, though, this may be a timed exclusive; Microsoft may have paid to keep it on their console for a certain period of time. We'll let you know if either Bioware or EA issues a PS3-related update some time in the future.