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Mass Effect staying a Xbox 360 exclusive

Mass Effect staying a Xbox 360 exclusive

As far as Microsoft is concerned, the Mass Effect trilogy will always be a Xbox 360 exclusive.

Microsoft has done their best to slam rumours that Mass Effect will be coming to any other platforms than the Xbox 360 in an interview with MTV.

After game developer BioWare was bought up by EA the future of the series as a console exclusive was thrown into doubt and recent admissions that EA has struggled to make the most of developer acquisitions didn't do much to help.

Insider rumour-mill Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars has also spoken on the topic, stating that Mass Effect will be available for the PC later this year with some new expanded content.

Microsoft's Shane Kim though has spoken on MTV about how Microsoft is eager to keep the game only on the Xbox 360 after the critical success of the franchise - the game even placed on our Top 10 Games of 2007.

Speaking on MTV, Shane said;

"We really care about our relationship with EA. BioWare's been a good partner for us. We're very happy with the success of "Mass Effect" and we want that to continue. From a platform perspective, is it the most important that Microsoft Games Studios publishes it or [rather] that it's exclusive to the platform? That's the way we have to think about it."

Asked if the full planned trilogy would continue to be Xbox 360 exclusive, Shane said that Microsoft is absolutely convinced that is the case.

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hawky84 12th February 2008, 11:11 Quote
oh well looks like it is time to bite the bullet and jump on the 360 bandwagon
MiNiMaL_FuSS 12th February 2008, 11:11 Quote
Nothign definate yet, we live in hope.
cjoyce1980 12th February 2008, 11:42 Quote
mass effect is an awesome game that would suite the pc really well and with XNA a pc version could be done in months. its a shame really, i would of like to see it on the pc.
BlackMage23 12th February 2008, 11:48 Quote
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hawky84 wrote:
oh well looks like it is time to bite the bullet and jump on the 360 bandwagon

Yes time to join the rest of us on the dark side hahahahahahahhahahahhahahhahahahahhahahahaha
[USRF]Obiwan 12th February 2008, 11:50 Quote
I just hate consoles...
chicorasia 12th February 2008, 11:55 Quote
Gates' keynote in January 2007 is still ringing in my ears.... All that talk about how gaming on Vista would be great, and how Microsoft thought gaming was one of their best weapons against the rising popularity of Linux and OSX....
SoulLance 12th February 2008, 15:41 Quote
Have no fear:
http://computergames.ro/en/news/viewitem/id/6242/name/mass-effect-to-be-released-on-the-pc.html
Not that I would buy a 360... Sometimes the stupidity of MS amazes me.
Multiplectic 12th February 2008, 15:44 Quote
Well, who am I going to believe? Some MS representative or the official EA press release that just got out stating Mass Effect will launch on May for PC?

Linky:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080212/20080212005536.html?.v=1

EDIT: SoulLance beat me to it. :p
genesisofthesith 12th February 2008, 16:18 Quote
When the MS rep says X Box exclusive, he could just be referring to consoles.
Cobalt 12th February 2008, 16:49 Quote
Ultimate gaming console is still the PC so if a game is console only then I won't be buying it (unless its for the Wii :D). Fable 2 is the only game I'm going to be disappointed I'm missing. I have a friend who's been game testing it -lucky bugger- and apparently Lionhead really hated the hassle associated with porting Fable 1 so they are almost certain not to do it this time.
Grinch123456 12th February 2008, 18:54 Quote
Crap.
johnnyboy700 12th February 2008, 19:10 Quote
They said the same thing about Halo Combat Evolved, I seem to recall the word never being used at the time so I'll take this with a pinch of salt.
Besides maybe they did mean console exclusive as in not for the PS3, strictly speaking he didn't actually say it wouldn't be released on the PC - more carefully worded PR bollox by the looks of things .
wuyanxu 12th February 2008, 20:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
I just hate consoles...
well said.
Veles 12th February 2008, 22:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cobalt
Fable 2 is the only game I'm going to be disappointed I'm missing. I have a friend who's been game testing it -lucky bugger- and apparently Lionhead really hated the hassle associated with porting Fable 1 so they are almost certain not to do it this time.

It's a completely different situation now though, it's very easy to port 360->PC and vice versa, and if they really couldn't be bothered with the task I'm sure MS will pay some other company to port it for them like what happened with Halo 1 and 2.
HourBeforeDawn 12th February 2008, 23:13 Quote
well thats to bad but I bet it wont last to long sooner or in this case later it will come to console remember Halo and the whole its Xbox only bit that it once had.
Bladestorm 12th February 2008, 23:47 Quote
Woohoo mass effect for PC - and it even sounds like they will fix up a bunch of the things people considered flaws in the 360 version in the first place :D

Microsoft's shane must feel a little silly now!
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