Also discussed during EA's BioWare/Pandemic conference call
was the fate of the (thus far) Xbox 360-exclusive Mass Effect
. While Microsoft is still publishing the first installment of the game (which is due November 20
) – now that the previously BioWare-owned IP belongs to EA – Gamasutra notes that it "would conceivably from here out be EA published."
If one examines EA's publishing practices, it isn't difficult to assume that this would also conceivably
be a multi-platform title, meaning Microsoft may have just lost one of their biggest exclusives. Will we see a PS3 sequel at parity with the 360? Or perhaps a Wii version: Mass Wiifect
... over a dozen minigames ... in space!Update:
A Microsoft spokesperson tells Joystiq that while the publisher has not "announced specifics regarding sequels" to Mass Effect
, it will be "talking to EA and BioWare in the weeks to come." In addition, Microsoft remains "committed to the franchise's long term success."Update 2:
BioWare tells GameDaily
that the developer's "focus is pure and simple; it's to deliver the best game possible for our fans with Mass Effect
, and that's an Xbox 360 exclusive." Currently, there are no plans to extend the franchise to PS3.