Before we knew BioShock was coming to the PlayStation 3, sections of code from the game’s PC demo made reference to Sony’s console. That same occurence has happened with Mass Effect 2 on the PC. Polish site Kikoo presents the following section of code:
Some have said that this may be left over code from the multiplatform Unreal Engine 3, but the above is definitely game code and not engine code (though you might like to believe it, Paragon and Talent Points are not part of UE3). We can also reveal here at PlayStation University that there’s also sections of code in the Xbox 360 version of the game (within the ini file) that reference the PS3:
EA has issued a “no comment” in reference to these reports, neither confirming or denying Mass Effect 2 for the PS3. Then again, Rockstar did the very same for Episodes from Liberty City.
[UPDATE] – Gamesthirst has gained the following comment from an unnamed and possibly unreliable source:
“It’s becoming pretty obvious that EA doesn’t care about keeping this a secret any longer so why should I keep shut? EA and Bioware wanted Mass Effect 2 on PS3 alongside 360 from launch day but certain constraints with Microsoft wouldn’t allow them to do that, however before the year is out, Mass Effect 2 will be on PS3.”
True or false. EA decides.
[UPDATE 2] – Bioware’s Community Coordinator Chris Priestly has closed their forum thread on this topic with the following comment:
The Unreal Engine is cross platform, hence the PS3 code. This was brought up back in Mass Effect 1 days as well.
Mass Effect is for the PC and Xbox 360.
As for Mass Effect 2 then….kidding. As stated before, the default UE3 contains many PS3 references, but this is not what we’re talking about. Paragon and Renegade are only found in Mass Effect, and not the multiplatform UE3 (though there is a possibility that the Uunreal Engine automatically creates PS3 version of all code to help with future ports.) Priestly has also been known to give out information without fact checking before now, though we presume he’s between a rock and a very hard place.