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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!
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Posted by BradNicholson
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!
Posted by MysteriousBob

I misread that as "Unreal 3 Engine".

Edited by Zeemod

Oh you!!! 
 
Seems likes a sweet deal don't know much better the ME3 engine is (the trailer HAD to be pre-rendered).

Posted by TehJedicake

Sweetness!

Edited by Venatio

Played the 360 version

Edited by Aetheldod

first??
 
Edit: NOOOOOO!!!!!! :'(
 
I was going to skip ME2 PS3 entirely , but now Im not so sure

Posted by MindChamber

man is that dude ugly

Edited by TheSeductiveMoose

This article was published 5 hours ago and no one claimed that quest until now?!

Posted by jonnyboy

Ugly motherfucker is ugly.

Posted by Dany

Cool to hear, wonder how many discs will be on the 360.....

Posted by dbz1995

Nice to see Bioware is doing extra work to make this port not just another lazy port.

Posted by JJWeatherman

Weird. I wonder how much different it will look.

Posted by fishmicmuffin

I'm happy PS3 owners will get to experience the game. It's pretty much amazing. 
 
I hope it sells well so that Bioware is more likely to continue making games in the Mass Effect universe outside of Shepard's story.

Posted by Nurglesh

Interesting but sadly PS3=BAD BAD meaning bad ass duck of course.

Posted by handlas

yaaaa...dunno what the ME3 engine looks like so no reason to get excited at this point.  Oh, who am I kidding, I'm one of the 0.000001% that didn't like ME2 that much.  So good for PS3 owners I guess that didn't play it on 360.

Posted by Wiseblood

It'll be cool to check out to see what's improved for ME3 (though I image they're still using the same ME2 assets).  

Posted by PokeIkzai

:3 i read about this yesterday and got super excited. See, I was scared Mass Effect 2 PS3 would look like complete lo-res ass like the many XBOX to PS3 ports. 
 
And then I looked the IGN preview and it looks better, of course, but not like OH MY GOD better. Just marginally. you know? But I'm still excited to finally get a port that isn't awful.

Posted by dragonzord

I imagine they're not going to actually remake any models so it'll probably look liked the PC version, maybe with AA forced on

Posted by HeadNodShy

That's nice of them

Edited by Joeybagad0nutz

OH GODAMMIT! Now, I'll have to get a PS3.... :( 
 
Edit: This is a joke. Please stop asking if I'm serious.
Edited by NTM

Might just have to play ME3 on PS3 even if I originally played both one and two on 360. and PC.
Posted by Chango

Sooooooo excited.

Edited by Elusionar

The ps3 graphic card is a g-force 7800 more or less. 
 
I dont see how it could be a great improvement over the pc version with a card that is 5 or 6 generation old.
Posted by GetBentTheVideoGame

OH SHIT!! *rings the Chad Warden bell*

Posted by Skywarpgold

Man, they better release a PC patch!

Posted by Jimbo

In other words, the "Mass Effect 3 Engine" was designed to work on both consoles from the start and the "Mass Effect 2 Engine" wasn't, so they decided to use the one that worked.

Posted by Dany
@Jimbo said:
" In other words, the "Mass Effect 3 Engine" was designed to work on both consoles from the start and the "Mass Effect 2 Engine" wasn't, so they decided to use the one that worked. "
yes
Posted by Daveyo520

Lucky bastards.

Posted by Vlodd
@Skywarpgold: I completely agree with you.  It would be great to see some of the gameplay improvements.
Posted by Kaigan

Improved graphics, half the framerate! 
 
Can't wait!

Posted by Skald

I don't remember anything like this happening since Oblivion got ported over. Good to see some companies taking initiative.

Posted by Nick1441

I've seen the "improved graphics" and I couldn't really tell the difference between the PS3 and 360 versions. Looks the same to me.

Posted by JackSukeru

I have a friend who's really into this series, but since I don't have an Xbox I've never tried it. When they announced that the second game was coming to PS3 I told him about it and he said I should definetly pick it up. 
 
I expressed concern that I wouldn't now a lot of what was going on so he told me to play the first one on the PC. "But I won't be able to transfer my choices anyway" I said, so he replied "Well just play the second one on the PC too" and I thought that was pretty funny at the time.

Posted by Sammo21

This is my favorite console in the Citadel.

Posted by KillyDarko
@RockmanBionics:  Well, and why not? ;P
Posted by GreggD

Advanced graphical potency for better space boning.

Posted by AllanIceman

Must buy!

Posted by teekomeeko
@JoeRiccadonna:  
 
Wait... what? So do you only have a 360, or a not-so-gaming-worthy PC? Because ME2 is kind of available elsewhere without a $300+tax console investment.
Posted by Joeybagad0nutz
@teekomeeko:
I was kidding.
Posted by trophyhunter
@GreggD said:
" Advanced graphical potency for better space boning. "
God bless America.....or technically Canada
Posted by Bouke

 
If the PS3 release gets improved planet scanning from the get go, it isn't the Mass Effect 2 experience!

Posted by jellysnake

Will possibly double dip if the framerate is ok.

Posted by Rio

hmmm, now I just want to buy the ps3 version even more and play through the game again.  Trophies, better looking, and simply enjoy mass effect 2 again.  ME makes me do strange things.

Posted by Lopatnik1

Really neat.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Only rented ME2 for the 360 at launch so I gotta buy this, very awesome.

Posted by HubrisRanger
@Dan_CiTi 
 
There are still places that let you rent consoles? o_O
Posted by ZeroCast

Good for PS3 users.

Posted by advocatefish

YEEEEEEEAAAAAAH!!!!!

Posted by notsonic

i can't imagine it would or could look any better than the pc version on max settings.

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