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
• 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
• 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