Well respected game developer Bioware has said that this Christmas, Sony’s PlayStation 3 is to be a “key platform” for games development, indicating that it could be the platform to watch over the winter.
Bioware has, in the past at least, fairly famously outsourced some of its PS3 development to companies with a little more experience in porting or developing games for Sony’s fairly complicated hardware. From now though, it seems that it could well be doing its own work on the PlayStation 3 from now on, at least according to CVG. Of course, the big question this leaves for pretty much every Bioware fan with a PS3 is whether or not we’ll see Mass Effect and its upcoming sequel hit Sony’s console.
Of course, Bioware is staying fairly tight-lipped on whether or not that’s a possibility, saying instead that,
“You know I can’t say anything about Mass Effect in that regard but you know, I can definitely say Dragon Age and other things we do will definitely be on PS3.
It was great going through the experience of making Dragon Age, getting familiar with and understanding the PS3. Again, every platform is different, but now I think we’re at the position where future PS3 stuff will be really solid.”
Of course, we’ll have to take that with a pinch of salt, considering the number of bugs that have made it into some previous Bioware games, Mass Effect included. Still, it’s nice to see some big developers that had previously decided the PlayStation 3’s smaller install base had made it a bit of a risk to develop for starting to turn around now. Certainly Sony will be pleased to see it too, given the previously flagging console’s uptick lately.