We're all big fans of Mass Effect here at Dealspwn and can't wait for the epic conclusion to Bioware's sublime space opera. The third game in the series will be the first to hit all three big platforms simultaneously at some point next year, and Bioware have moved to re-assure fans that, whatever console or PC you choose, Mass Effect 3 will be "an amazing experience".
"We designed Mass Effect 3 simultaneously across all three platforms, so obviously we’ll take some advantages," explains David Silverman, Bioware's Marketing Director. "You can run the PC at higher resolution because you’ve got really high resolution monitors; you’ve got high-end graphics cards, but fundamentally, they’re all going to be an amazing experience".
Silverman explains that, this being the finale to the Mass Effect trilogy, Bioware had to up the scale and scope considerably to convince fans the entire galaxy is at war with the Reapers. As such, the tech had to improve, with Mass Effect 3 running on a heavily modified version of the Unreal Engine 3, tailored to Bioware's particular needs. "You’ll see things in Mass Effect 3 that you’ve never seen before in a Bioware game," claims Silverman.
Mass Effect 3 was originally scheduled for this year's holiday season, in amongst the likes of Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim and Batman Arkham City. It prompted many fans, Dealspwn included, to worry that Mass Effect 3 would suffer a similar fate to Bioware's other RPG sequel, Dragon Age 2, whose waning quality stemmed from a rushed development cycle.
Thankfully, Bioware and EA wised up, pushing Mass Effect 3's release back to 2012. According to Silverman, Bioware opted for the delay because it "didn't have that level of quality of polish" going in to a 2011 launch. "So, we figured, let's do it right," explains Silverman, with Mass Effect 3 scheduled for a nebulous date in early 2012. [AusGamers]