Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter is “certain” that the so-far PC and Xbox 360 (and iPhone, but let’s pretend that never happened) exclusive Mass Effect franchise will make its way to the PlayStation 3, starting with Mass Effect 3, maybe even Mass Effect 2. It’s only a matter time, he reckons.
“Mass Effect, the first one, was made by BioWare when they were part of Elevation Partners. I’m not sure that they actually retained the right to ever bring it out on the PS3,” he said peaking on his Pach Attack segment on GT. “I have heard from Microsoft and I’ve actually heard from EA that we probably won’t see Mass Effect 1 ever on the PS3; I’m not sure that’s true of Mass Effect 2, and I’m certain it’s not true of Mass Effect 3, 4, 5 and 6.”
He continued: “So, I think you’ll see a Mass Effect game, an extension of the franchise, on the PS3. Number 1? They might have given away those rights in perpetuity, so that’s all negotiable when a publisher’s involved. When it’s an independent developer, you never really know. Alan Wake, for example, I think is a perpetual Xbox 360 exclusive. I don’t think that will ever be on the PS3.”