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Mass Effect 2 PS3 Will Use Mass Effect 3's Engine

"Improved graphics" all up in there!

Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 will ship with purportedly better visuals than its Xbox 360 and PC counterparts, and it's not strictly because the port has had an extra year in the development oven. According to a recent edition of the official BioWare podcast, ME2 PS3 will be using Mass Effect 3's engine, which, like most sequels' engines, will offer improved graphics over its predecessors. You'll be getting a glimpse of the future, in other words.

"One of the first things you're going to see is improved graphics," producer Jesse Houston said on the podcast (via Eurogamer). "We actually created the engine for Mass Effect 3 and used that to make Mass Effect 2 PS3. So we took the content, the story and all of the other assets that made up Mass Effect 2 and we put it into the Mass Effect 3 engine," he said.

Houston would go on and speak to more PS3-specific features, which include a new control scheme for the PS3 controller and fewer bugs. Houston explained that the ME2 PS3 team has been spending some time squashing what remained after the game's post-release patches, which by the way, will all be rolled into the disc-based release. Look forward to (and be thankful for) the improved planet-scanning from the get-go!