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BioWare clarifies Dragon Age console plans

We reported during E3 that the Dragon Age franchise would be heading to consoles in "the future," though it wasn't made clear in exactly what form it would arrive. Given that Dragon Age: Origins is heading to PC, it would make sense that we might see a version of the same title hit consoles, and BioWare's Dan Tudge has confirmed just that to Eurogamer. "Yes. Dragon Age: Origins will be coming to consoles in the near future, yes," said Tudge, adding that the console version should be arriving in late 2009 following the PC release earlier in the year. Such dates should be taken with a grain of salt though, as BioWare PR notes that "plans for consoles haven't been finalised yet."

Frankly, it doesn't matter when the game shows up. No matter how soon it arrives, the wait for the "spiritual successor" to Baldur's Gate will feel like an eternity.

[Via Joystiq]

More Mass Effect DLC a possibility

Speaking to MTV's Multiplayer, BioWare's Greg Zeschuk came tantalizingly close to confirming more DLC for Mass Effect. While Zeschuk didn't go so far as to confirm that more DLC is on the way, he did say that Bioware is "talking about" it and that BioWare wants gamers to "always have something ... to try." We're sure that Mass Effect fans would agree, especially considering they've had nothing new to explore since the "Bring Down the Sky" DLC released in March. Unfortunately, Zeschuk said nothing regarding when we might actually see this potential DLC, so it looks like Mass Effect fans are still left out in the cold darkness of space.

[Via Joystiq]

Rumor: Mass Effect Trilogy exclusive to the Xbox 360 [Update]

Update: A BioWare representative commented on this story at GameDaily denying the Muzyka ever alluded to Xbox 360 exclusivity. "This site [Xboxoz360] is incorrect; Ray did NOT make any such statement regarding any exclusivity plans for the Mass Effect trilogy," the rep insisted.

In the September issue of Australian 360, BioWare co-founder and CEO Ray Muzyka was discussing the future of Mass Effect and the possibility of multi-platform at the EA European Showcase. "We said we were committed to supporting Mass Effect as a franchise and have the trilogy on the Xbox 360, and that's still our goal", Muzyka told the magazine, later adding "we're always very ambitious in our goals and the most important thing is quality, so we're never going to compromise that."

The quote doesn't actually lead us to believe that the series will be exclusive because the word is never actually uttered. If anything it provides the insight that the series will always be on the Xbox 360 but Muzyka never says it will only land on Microsoft's console. As one reader points out, it's more of a nod to the entire trilogy making it out this generation.

Questions regarding the fate of Mass Effect have been in the air since Electronic Arts acquired the famed Canadian developer -- who hold the rights to the Mass Effect name and universe. With major companies going multi-platform to make up for costly development we'd be surprised if EA went this route. Unless of course a deal is in place that was made prior to the EA acquisition or shortly thereafter.

A representative for Electronic Arts has yet to reply to inquires regarding this rumor at the time of publishing this story.

[via Xboxoz360]

Jade Empire now officially an Xbox Original

Remember way back in February when Jade Empire was rumored to be releasing as an Xbox Original, but was later flat out denied? Yeh, well maybe that was true then, but today we call shenanigans because Jade Empire just released to the XBLM as part of the Xbox Originals catalog. For 1200 Microsoft points and around 6.2GB of your precious hard drive space, you'll be able to experience BioWare's classic RPG, martial arts and travel magical lands. Oh happy day.

Jade Empire joins Xbox 'O' team

Team Originals is about to get another member added to the roster, according to the Gamescore Blog. On July 21, Jade Empire will be added to Xbox Originals -- the downloadable portal for Xbox titles on the Live Marketplace. BioWare's role-player adventure of martial arts and mystical powers will run gamers the standard 1200MS points. The version made available is the standard edition of the game as the limited edition has had issues with Xbox backwards compatibility in the past. Oh, and before you ask, yes there are dialog trees in the game. We are talking about a BioWare game, remember? Sorry, no blue aliens.

E308: Dragon Age Origins will see life on consoles

In case you missed it during our Live Blog of the Electronic Arts press conference, there's some new information from the guys at BioWare. BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk announced that the upcoming PC title Dragon Age Origins will also see life on consoles, in the future. Expected to be exclusive to the PC initially, the dungeon crawler will feel familiar to fans of Baldur's Gate -- another BioWare franchise. No other information on a console release schedule for Dragon Age Origins is available yet, but we expect it won't be for quite some time.

Mass Effect Xbox winner shows off the goods

Last week we gave away a very limited edition Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite. Seriously, only six of these have been made, and we were lucky enough to snag one. Now we've heard from our winner, Derek, and not only has he expressed his heartfelt thanks but he also sent us pictures of the unboxing to boot. We whipped up a little feature to show off his glorious prize. Check it out, and try not to be too jealous.

Reminder: Win a sweet Mass Effect Elite

Look at it. Just look at it. Breathe in all its majesty. The image above, ladies and gentlemen, is just one of the perks of owning your very own Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite. It just so happens that we're giving one away. You should really try to win it. You can do so by visiting the official giveaway post and submitting your entry. We're accepting one entry a day per person until Friday for a total of five chances to win if you've been entering every day since Monday. It's time to put in your third entry. Go do it.

Fanswag: win a custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite [update]

Update: This giveaway is now closed and our winner will be notified shortly.

Don't ask us how we did it, but we managed to snag a custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite. It comes complete with everything you'd expect in an Elite, including the 120GB hard drive and HDMI cable along with all the slick black accessories. And, as you can see, it's decked out with sweet Mass Effect artwork. Seeing as this is such an incredible prize, we're going to forgo our usual Fanswag Weekly in favor of a monster five day giveaway. Just like our normal giveaways, you can enter once per calendar day (Eastern time) from now until Friday at noon (again, Eastern time). To enter, simply do the following:
  • You want this Mass Effect Elite? Leave a comment on this post explaining the massive effect this prize would have on your life. You can enter once per calendar day (Eastern Time).
  • Be sure you only leave one comment per day. Posters of multiple comments during the same day will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until Friday, March 21, 12:00pm Noon, Eastern Time. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • On Friday, we'll pick one winner via a random drawing
  • One winner will receive a custom Mass Effect Xbox 360 Elite, worth $450.
  • The complete rules can be found here.

Mass Effect 2 set to be a 360 timed exclusive [update]

Update: Our initial understanding of the article may have been a bit off and led to a mild misunderstanding. After re-analyzing the CVG interview, we now believe that the timed exclusive nature is referring to the 360 version becoming a PC version a few months later with no mention of Mass Effect 2 headed to the PS3. Sorry for the confusion folks.

Semi-confirming industry analysts' predictions, BioWare senior manager Matt Atwood told CVG that Mass Effect 2 will more than likely be a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360. When talking about the Mass Effect trilogy and how it'll be released, Atwood revealed that he believes "we'll be Xbox 360 exclusive for at least a short period of time." Atwood goes on to say that they've "had a great relationship with Microsoft and done very well", but that they are still working out specifics regarding future Mass Effect releases. Later in the interview, it was also revealed that BioWare plans on releasing Mass Effect 2 onto the PC similar to how Mass Effect will be releasing to the PC platform this May saying that "you'll see a PC version not too far away."

With the next-gen wars heating up and BioWare getting gobbled up by EA, we're more than happy with an Xbox 360 timed exclusive release as a straight up exclusive 360 release was starting to look unlikely. We just hope BioWare stays on top of their game and doesn't let multiple platform releases mess with their nearly perfect formula.

[Via Joystiq, thanks Roberto Simancas]

Win a Mass Effect themed Xbox 360 from BioWare

BioWare, being the giving developers that they are, have decided to celebrate the release of Mass Effect's Bring Down the Sky DLC with a little Xbox 360 hardware giveaway. Some custom Mass Effect 360 Elite hardware at that. All you have to do to win one of these six super sleek and sexy Mass Effect themed Xbox 360s is to hop on over to BioWare's community site, log in and register for the giveaway. But know that their little Elite giveaway only lasts through April 22nd, so be sure to register by then and be sure to keep those fingers crossed. Mass Effect themed Xbox 360 Elite bounty is but a random drawing away.

[Via Gamerscore Blog]

Bioware: Mass Effect 2 "to a whole new level"

Commenting to MTV's Multiplayer blog, the Bioware doctors spoke briefly about the side-quests in Mass Effect (which we can all agree were repetitive and far too similar). There are a few comments made about the "reasoning" behind the Mass Effect sidequest choices, but a clever reader can tell it really came down to time. Which is mentioned as being spent mostly on tech and engineering in the first game, and the team's subsequent freedom to spend that time on "making things a little bit richer." Hopefully it'll be more than just a little bit, but as the recent DLC revealed it seems that Bioware has shifted their internal bar for sidequest quality. As long as the doctors make good on their mentioned plans to make the difference in quality between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 similar to the difference between Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2, then we don't have anything to worry about with this trilogy.

Win Mass Effect DLC from Joystiq

We've got a brand new Fanswag Weekly giveaway going up tomorrow, but that won't prevent us from pointing to Joystiq's own Mass Effect giveaway or, to be more precise, Joystiq's giveaway of the Mass Effect "Bring Down the Sky" downloadable content. In case the word giveaway didn't clue you in, that means you could win the DLC for free! Absolutely nothing. The giveaway ends at 5:45PM ET today though, so you'd better head over to the official giveaway post and enter while you still can. Oh, and did we mention there will be ten winners? Because there will be. You know, just sayin'.

Don't forget, Mass Effect DLC releases today

A reminder to all the element-zero-heads out there, Mass Effect's first (of a speculated five, as devs are allowed 250 achievement points via DLC) round of downloadable content hit the Marketplace today. With the inclusion of an entirely new race, 50 more achievement points, and a supposed hour and a half of gameplay it looks as though this is no mere horse armor. The only "warning" needed is that you will need a save that gives your character access to the Normandy,as the content is reached via the Galaxy Map.

The name of the content pack comes from the story premise in the featured mission. A Batarian extremist group has hijacked a mobile asteroid station in the Asgard system, setting it on a collision course with the nearby colony world of Terra Nova, and for 400 MS points (about five bucks) you can saddle up and save the planet.

Mass Effect DLC: Details on the Batarians

With the new DLC for Mass Effect hitting next week, Bioware has updated their Galactic Codex with information about the major new "feature" of the DLC, the new race, Batarians. First appearing in the Mass Effect universe before the game had even hit store shelves, Batarians featured largely in the prequel novel Mass Effect: Revelation and made no appearance in the retail game at all. The four-eyed humanoid species is isolationist and resides mainly in the Terminus systems, which are mentioned frequently in-game as a source of instability and insurrection. The website update includes some short history and back-story, along with a new screen and a small flash video of the species facial animations. Hopefully we'll get more on the species during the supposed 90 minutes of gameplay the pack provides. Entitled Bring Down the Sky, the DLC hits this Monday for 400 MS Points.

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