After officially confirming the Mass Effect Trilogy pack earlier this fall, BioWare has now revealed some more details about the collection of games, what DLCs will be included in certain editions, and when it comes out for the PlayStation 3 platform.BioWare released three Mass Effect games over the years, so it was quite obvious that it would launch a special Mass Effect Trilogy package once the latest game, Mass Effect 3, was released earlier this year.
Sadly, due to the staggered release of the games across various platforms and the fact that Mass Effect 1 was never actually launched on the PS3, BioWare had its work cut out.
According to the Trilogy’s External Producer, Ryan Warden, it was quite a challenge to adapt the original game for the PS3 but, with the help of longtime BioWare partner Edge of Reality, the game eventually ran fine on the Sony home console.
"There were some complications," Warden wrote on the BioWare blog. "The audio technology that we originally used was no longer supported by its developer… and the engine didn’t support the PS3. 'No problem,' said Edge of Reality, and they found a solution."
"The levels and art assets in Mass Effect were massive and streaming into memory would probably have to work differently on the PS3 – which is not a trivial issue. 'Shouldn’t be a problem,' said Edge of Reality, and they found a solution," he added.
Warden also took the chance to confirm the various downloadable content packs to be included in the different versions of the Mass Effect games, so check out his clarifications below.
"The PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect Trilogy will have the original Mass Effect with Bring Down the Sky integrated into the game, both on-disc and on the PSN download. Mass Effect 2 will still have the same DLC on-disc that it was originally shipped with: Cerberus Network; Kasumi; Overlord; and Lair of the Shadow Broker. Finally, Mass Effect 3 will also be exactly as it originally shipped."
"The Xbox 360 version will include all DLC that came with the original games – Cerberus Network with Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 remains unchanged as well. The PC is the same as Xbox 360, except both Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station are available for free – just as they are for all PC players who purchases each standalone product today."
The Mass Effect Trilogy will be released on the PC and Xbox 360 on November 6, in North America, and November 9, in Europe. PlayStation 3 users will be able to get it on December 4 and December 7, respectively.