Mass Effect 2 for PS3 runs on Mass Effect 3 engine
posted on 12.16.10 at 09:17 AM EST by (@salromano)

Wondering why Mass Effect 2 looks so good on PlayStation 3? It might be because BioWare’s running the Mass Effect 3 engine on the port.

A recent BioWare podcast talks a bit about the PlayStation 3 version, with producer Jesse Houston providing the insight.

“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 used that to make Mass Effect 2 PS3. So we took the content, the story and all of the other assets that made up Mass Effect 2 and we put it into the Mass Effect 3 engine.

“We’ve also gone ahead and made the experience much more solid on PS3,” he added. ” So for example the controls are geared towards the PS3 controller [although] you can switch it back to the old Xbox [layout] if you like. Other things like planet scanning have been improved; we’ve rolled up all of the patches; done a whole bunch of bug fixing.”

Mass Effect 2 on PlayStation 3 also bundles all of the premium downloadable content released for the Xbox 360 and PC versions post-launch on-disc. It’ll all also come bundled on a single disc, as well, considering blu-ray storage space.

Unfortunately, PlayStation 3 owners won’t get the first Mass Effect along with the second, but will get an interactive comic allowing them to make all of the major decisions they’d make playing the first game to make up for it.

In other news: the game has gone gold and is now being made into discs, which are being put into boxes. Exciting stuff. Mass Effect 2 launches on January 18, 2011 for PlayStation 3.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

  • xMCXx

    A dream come true^^

  • incredibilistic

    Good things come to those who wait.

    I’m still not a fan of the game overall — watching puppets stand in one place with their lips “sort of” matching the dialogue and eyes rolling from side to side — but it’s good that eager PS3 owners will get a chance to enjoy the series.

    • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

      I think I’ve known you long enough now to say this: you’re dumb. You’re really dumb. For real.

      Seriously, though. Give the game a go when it comes out. I’m sure you’ll love it. I beat the first and second games on 360 and am picking up the PS3 version just because the game’s that good! =D

  • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

    Yeah, Mass Effect 2 is awesome and it improved its cover system so much. It is one of my favorite games of this year.

  • Juam

    i havent played the first nor the second coz i dont have a 360 console. but, hearing from a friend that this game is great, ill surely pick this one up when it gets released. the graphics alone reels me in :D

    • PJoyce_83

      It took me 2 years to play Mass Effect 1 because when it was released I thought it wasn’t my kind of game since I was a Japanese RPG nut. When I finally did play it I was blown away and amazed as to just how awesome it was and I was dissapointed in myself for not giving this epic game a chance at first sight.

  • PJoyce_83

    Regarding PS3 not getting Mass Effect 1 is not as bad as it all seems, I say this because Mass Effect 1 was good but it was alot of the same stuff over and over again. The planets the bunkers, everything just felt like a repeat (I am not refering to the main story planets). This comic idea is cool cause to be honest I don’t think I could bare to go through Mass Effect 1 again. I will however have to say that when we are on the Normandy SR2 and reading those E-Mails that come in will not benefit us PS3 fans which is dissapointing. I enjoyed getting E-Mails from people that i’d saved in Mass Effect 1. Still we get to make the major choices and in the end that is all we need to enjoy Mass Effect 2 on PS3.

    • PJoyce_83

      At leaest PS3 is getting the serpeior version which doen’t usually happen on PS3 when it comes to multiplatform games. BioWare were not messing around when they wanted Mass Effect 2 on PS3 and I thank them so much for putting in that effort to show what Mass Effect 2 looks like on the new Mass Effect 3 engine.

  • PJoyce_83

    I just recently downloaded the Demo for Mass Effect 2 on PS3 and I can finally say that it’s about bloody time that a 360 multiplatform game looks better on PS3 because that does not happen much.