Mass Effect 2 scheduled for Early 2010

As a special St. Patrick’s Day present EA and BioWare officially announced Mass Effect 2 today, with a release planned for Early 2010. You know that trailer you saw a couple weeks ago? Well that was just a teaser; now this sh*t is official. Here’s said teaser in case you missed it:

Although they haven’t said it won’t be on other, possibly Sony platforms, ME 2 has only been confirmed for 360 and PC. As for the release date, it’s a little curious. The first Mass Effect was a big seller and one of 360’s three major holiday 2007 releases, along with BioShock and Halo 3, yet the sequel is planned for post holiday time.

Above: A refresher from the first game

If we had to guess – and we do – there are probably two big factors in this choice. One has to do with the game’s publisher, EA, having a not so merry holiday season with their big titles, like Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space, not being the hits they could be in such a crowded season. Perhaps this is EA dev Glen Schofield’s statement about rethinking release dates in action.

The other possible reason that comes to mind is that BioWare is pretty damn busy right now. Aside from the gargantuan undertaking of creating the Old Republic MMO, they intend to finish and ship Dragon Age: Origins this fall. Even for a big studio like BioWare, shipping Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 in the same time frame would almost certainly hurt both titles.

Above: Remember when this happened in Mass Effect?

In spite of all this wild speculation on our parts, we can’t wait to get our hands on it in about a year from now. And if this winter of Street Fighters, GTA bikers, and Resident Evils has taught us anything, a triple-A title at this time of the year is never a bad thing.

March 17, 2009


  • MassSaber - May 16, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    With the possibility of Shepard being dead maybe they add the chance to play as an alien, I mean who wouldn't wanna be a Salerian Commando or some kickarse Krogan
  • jar-head - March 19, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    bioware= GOD for SW
  • John-117 - March 18, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. If not, then I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Sony literally owns Killzone 2 and the developers of the game, Geurilla Games. So I'd say the odds of the game coming to 360 are none though I wish more people could enjoy it, it's pretty fantastic. Mass Effect 2 on the other hand is in the hands of EA, though I still seriously doubt that a PS3 version would come. For people who don't have a decent PC or a 360 it would be nice, but I think Microsoft may pay for atleast timed exclusivity so it'd be a looooong time until PS3 only owners got a chance to play it. On the other hand, with the current announcement of NG Sigma 2 for the PS3 a formerly Microsoft published 360 exclusive I could definately see EA announcing a port of ME 1 for PS3 and the eventual release of ME 2 ages after the 360 version.
  • StayPuftGiant - March 18, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    I would trade Mass Effect 2 on the 360 for Killzone 2 anyday. PLEASE RELEASE KILLZONE 2 ON THE 360 PLEEEEAAAASSEE.
  • neuromasser - March 18, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    Can't wait for this!
  • nadrewod999 - March 18, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    Hey, since we are showing previews for what is coming NEXT YEAR, maybe we could also do previews for games that come out THIS YEAR, like Infamous? Also, while I liked the last game, I never finished, so I am glad that they only mentioned the Citadel, the Spectres, and the liberation of Eden Prime because I got stuck soon after I got the rights to search for the rogue by myself. (When did we liberate Eden Prime (which planet is Eden Prime?) again?)
  • Jaces - March 18, 2009 5:38 a.m.

    Don't worry it will, just not yet. They'll go on about how it's absolutley not coming to the PS3 rumors, yada yada yada. It's coming, sooner or later. And when it does.....I'm getting it, haha.
  • HardNoks - March 18, 2009 4:17 a.m.

    As a ps3 owner, i would give a lot to own mass effect 2 for ps3... why doesnt Bioware just make it on both systems? am i missing some crucial detail?
  • Gourdmaster - March 17, 2009 11:05 p.m.

    holy crap holy crap mass effect 2; just shat my pants
  • Crossleft501 - March 17, 2009 10:04 p.m.

    finally!! I've been itchin to get this since I finished the origional for the first time
  • MadGamer16 - May 5, 2009 2:32 a.m.

    i cant wait for this one. i played through the firt one many times and need something new. i think this will be the game to bring my addiction to a whole new bad shepard is KIA
  • battenfelder - April 2, 2009 12:39 a.m.

    i going to get it but the rumors of them killing off Shepard BETTER BE FALSE!!!! Shepard+KIA=ruined franchize!
  • ricono - March 17, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    i saw the trailer before and im glad to see we have at least a year but i cant wait to see more about this. im also glad that they are going to work hard on this and wait so its good
  • bioshocker - March 17, 2009 11:02 p.m.

    well I'd rather have them take their time and have another master piece than have it out this year as a halfassed sequel

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