August 17, 2010 by Paul Curtin
Good news for PlayStation 3 owners coming from today’s Gamecom 2010 trade show — Sony announced at their press conference that they’ve acquired the rights to this year’s front-runner for game of the year, Mass Effect 2, and will be releasing the game in January 2011 with bonus content. With Sony also having BioShock, BioShock 2, Dead Rising 2, and now Mass Effect 2, Microsoft’s list of exclusives is starting to slim down and it doesn’t help that two of Xbox 360’s last exclusive blockbuster franchises are coming to an end with developers claiming that Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3 will be the last games in their series.
But it’s not all good news for PlayStation 3 owners, the original Mass Effect will still only be available on PC and Xbox 360 as an exclusive. With the sequel being far better than the original, many might not care that the first Mass Effect won’t be playable on the PS3, but one of the main reasons Mass Effect 2 is such an amazing game is the fact that all the choices the player makes in the first game are transferred over to Mass Effect 2 and have a direct effect on each player’s unique story. Nevertheless, it’s still a huge acquisition by Sony, and most likely means that PlayStation 3 will also be getting Mass Effect 3 and PS3 owners will finally be able to experience a unique story that spans across multiple games after playing Mass Effect 2.