BioWare announces day-and-date retail and PSN release, improved graphics, free DLC.
The upcoming PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 will be available as a direct download from PlayStation Network as well as in physical format.
In a post on the official Playstation Blog, BioWare community coordinator Chris Priestly confirmed that the sci-fi sequel would be available on PSN on release day. It is the first PS3 game to launch on the download service day-and-date with its retail release.
Priestly also says the PS3 version is more than just a simple port of last year’s Xbox 360 and PC release. “The team has taken the time to utilise the PS3 hardware to the fullest in order to maximise your gameplay experience,” he says, promising that “the in-game graphics and cinematics are clearer and more vibrant.”
In addition, the three paid-for DLC packs released in 2010 – Overlord, Lair Of The Shadow Broker and Kasumi – are included with the PS3 release for free.
To make up for PS3 owners not being able to play the original Mass Effect, which was not released for Sony’s system, the game also includes an “interactive comic” which tells the story of the first game and allows players to make the story choices that have repercussions in Mass Effect 2, which the Xbox 360 and PC versions did by reading the player’s Mass Effect save file.
BioWare’s much-loved sci-fi epic finally launches for PlayStation 3 in North America on January 18 and in Europe on January 21, almost a year after making its Xbox 360 and Windows debut on January 26, 2010.