PC Mass Effect in May

This press release announces plans for a PC edition of Mass Effect, saying a "re-designed for the PC" edition of BioWare's science-fiction RPG will be released in May:
Chertsey, UK – February 12, 2008 – Leading video game developer BioWare™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) company, has announced that the award-winning space epic Mass Effect™ will be released for the PC in May 2008. Published by EA and re-designed for the PC, Mass Effect invites players to take the role of Commander Shepard as they set out on an adventure to save the galaxy from imminent destruction. Wrought with treachery, heroism, difficult decisions and a universe filled with unique and colorful species, Mass Effect delivers a truly compelling storyline.

Optimized for the PC, Mass Effect for the PC incorporates the following features:

• Optimized controls designed specifically for the PC.

• High resolution visuals – Mass Effect for the PC features highly detailed textures, characters and environments.

• Fully customizable controls – PC gamers can re-map the control scheme any way they like.

• Run & Gun Control – Players can assign biotic powers or skills to ‘hot keys’ allowing them to play Mass Effect with a heavier focus on action.

• New decryption mini-game.

• New inventory screen GUI and functionality – The enhanced inventory system makes it easier for players to equip and modify their weapons and armor.

“Mass Effect serves as a powerful example of video games as an art form, delivering new levels of emotional intensity, realistic characters and a gripping storyline – all set in a compelling new universe,” said Ray Muzyka, General Manager, BioWare and Vice President, Electronic Arts. Frank Gibeau, President of EA’s Games Label added, “EA has struck an agreement with Microsoft to handle future publishing for Mass Effect. We are looking forward to releasing Mass Effect on the PC this Spring and brand new titles in the future.”

Originally released for the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, Mass Effect has received critical acclaim throughout the world with more than 70 awards including Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year and Role-Playing Game of the Year. Mass Effect combines a deep story with intense combat and challenges the player to make difficult decisions that can significantly impact the course of events. An innovative conversation system allows for lifelike interaction with some of the most realistic digital actors, voiced by Hollywood actors such as Seth Green, Marina Sirtis, Lance Henriksen and Keith David. Mass Effect for the PC has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:19
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:19
 
Wow! The ability to make keys do things! Mass Effect truly is revolutionary.

Seriously, I wonder sometimes if the people who write these things know what makes gaming gaming. The first bullet's not a "feature," it's a necessity.

Jesus, they have _three_ bullets just saying that you can mess with the controls. And the fourth is probably really just saying "you can use the mouse with the inventory screen)

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Feb 12, 2008, 10:21
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:21
 
Well I'm glad us PC gamers get the game. Now I have something to play in May

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Feb 12, 2008, 10:22
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:22
 
If they didn't say all those things, then all people would be doing is bitching and moaning endlessly about Mass Effect being yet another botched console ports.

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Feb 12, 2008, 10:29
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:29
nin
 

I was rather shocked by this...

Kudos, Bio!


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Feb 12, 2008, 10:32
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:32
 
Wow! The ability to make keys do things! Mass Effect truly is revolutionary.

Unfortunately, there are PC games out there that have keys that cannot be remapped. Luckily I got fed up with that and bought a nostromo n52. Now I don't need to worry.
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:36
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:36
 
Their poor flak is sweating bullets. Looks like a fun game though, I look forward to checking it out.

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Feb 12, 2008, 10:40
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:40
 
New decryption mini-game.... hopefully they didn't model it after BioShock's hacking. That sucked.

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Feb 12, 2008, 10:41
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:41
 
praise jesus! I really wanted to play this one but didnt want to buy a 360.

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Feb 12, 2008, 10:44
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:44
 
Will it have faster load times, and a greater emphasis on explicit lesbian alien sex?

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ME
Feb 12, 2008, 10:45
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ME Feb 12, 2008, 10:45
Feb 12, 2008, 10:45
 
This is great, some of my non-360 friends can finally play this game as well.

I really hope they fix that texture pop-in issue on this version, though...or BioWare is going to have a riot on their hands. :p
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Re: ME
Feb 12, 2008, 10:54
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Feb 12, 2008, 10:54
 Flo
 
Played it on the 360. By far one of the best videogame stories in a long time.
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YES!
Feb 12, 2008, 11:16
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YES! Feb 12, 2008, 11:16
Feb 12, 2008, 11:16
 
I can't wait for this on PC!!!

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Feb 12, 2008, 11:16
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:16
 
i actually went on a 360 forums a few weeks ago and said i will bet anything on this planet you will see mass effect on pc soon.

they all told me that microsoft would never do that, and that clearly i didnt know what 'exclusive' meant.

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Re: ME
Feb 12, 2008, 11:18
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:18
 
halle-frickin-lujah!

I'm not much into consoles, but this game had been tempting me to invest in a 360. Glad to hear its coming out sooner rather than later.
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:22
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:22
 
i actually went on a 360 forums a few weeks ago and said i will bet anything on this planet you will see mass effect on pc soon.

they all told me that microsoft would never do that, and that clearly i didnt know what 'exclusive' meant.


Ha, visit that forum again. Always fun to tell them "I told you so".

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New decryption minigame
Feb 12, 2008, 11:23
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New decryption minigame Feb 12, 2008, 11:23
Feb 12, 2008, 11:23
 
Sounds stupid.


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Feb 12, 2008, 11:29
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:29
 
So now the question becomes - should I get it on 360 or wait for PC? "In May" I will be fully engulfed in GTA4......

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Feb 12, 2008, 11:35
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:35
 
Mass Effect for the PC has not yet been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Rated N for Nipple.

Seriously though, I knew this would happen.

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These words are my own: I knew it [4x]
Feb 12, 2008, 11:39
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These words are my own: I knew it [4x] Feb 12, 2008, 11:39
Feb 12, 2008, 11:39
 
YES! I knew that this day would come!

"Xbox 360 only" we all read, but I stayed calm although I felt horns urging to grow out of my head so pissed off that I was. Yes, I stayed calm... and now look at this news.

I think I will love Mass Effect.

Love,
Vince

In a godless society, nothing is sacred.
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Fast
Feb 12, 2008, 11:39
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Feb 12, 2008, 11:39
 
I'm surprised that it's hitting the PC so soon. I would have expected christmas 08 or later.

The improvements sound interesting, I didn't care for it on the 360, so maybe it will be worth another round on the PC.

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