REDMOND, Wash. â€” Nov. 20, 2007 â€” To the delight of gamers and science-fiction (sci-fi) fans alike, the wait is finally over as â€œMass Effect,â€ an award-winning action role-playing game (RPG) described by Game Informer Magazine as â€œOne of the greatest science fiction stories ever told,â€ hits retail shelves today, with a continued rollout to retailers worldwide planned.
Developed by BioWare, the creators of the critically acclaimed â€œStar WarsÂ®: Knights of the Old Republicâ„¢â€ and â€œJade Empireâ„¢,â€ comes an epic space saga exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system that spans the entire galaxy. â€œMass Effectâ€ combines a deep story with intense, sci-fi tactical combat. Through high-definition graphics and an amazingly realistic and innovative conversation system that allows for lifelike interaction with the voices of scores of digital actors such as of Seth Green, Marina Sirtis and Lance Henriksen, â€œMass Effectâ€ provides an immersive gameplay experience never seen before in a video game.
Published by Microsoft Games Studios, â€œMass Effectâ€ is an epic sci-fi action RPG that places gamers at the center of a conflict that will decide the fate of the universe. Assuming the role of an elite human Spectre agent, Commander Shepard, players are entrusted with keeping galactic law and order and are charged with uncovering a terrifying truth. Faced with morally challenging decisions that will affect the future of all races, players must travel across an expansive universe to stop a threat so great it could destroy all life in the galaxy. With its exciting blend of rich story lines, intense squad-based combat and crisp high-definition gameplay, â€œMass Effectâ€ is destined to be one of the most gripping game experiences ever.
â€œâ€˜Mass Effectâ€™ is like playing a movie! The magic of video games bridges science fiction, intense combat and intriguing story lines to create an emotional connection between players and their characters,â€ said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. â€œThe Xbox 360 platform allows developers to create rich and engaging stories not found on any other console. â€˜Mass Effectâ€™ is the latest example of our commitment to bringing original and captivating titles to fans everywhere.â€
Hailed by critics as one of the best games of 2007, â€œMass Effectâ€ has already garnered significant and effusive praise from the industry, punctuated by accolades from some of video gamingâ€™s most respected publications. These include Game of the Month honors from Electronic Gaming Monthly and GamePro magazines, and a perfect score of 10 out of 10 along with an Editorâ€™s Choice Award from Official Xbox Magazine, which described â€œMass Effectâ€ as â€œa transcendent experience, the new standard-setter for what a game can be.â€ In addition, the title has earned some of the industryâ€™s highest honors, such as â€œBest Console Gameâ€ and â€œBest Role Playing Gameâ€ from the 2007 Game Critics Awards.
To celebrate the â€œMass Effectâ€ worldwide launch, the SCI FI Channel will air a special episode of â€œSci vs. Fi: Mass Effectâ€ beginning today, Nov. 20, at 11 p.m. EST and PST. The special will explore the ways that technology and creativity came together to make â€œMass Effectâ€ a compelling experience for gamers and science fiction fans alike. More information is available at http://www.scifi.com/masseffect.
â€œWe set out to redefine the video game experience with â€˜Mass Effectâ€™ and create an immersive, highly interactive game that draws players into a compelling universe,â€ said Ray Muzyka, chief executive officer for BioWare Corp. â€œâ€˜Mass Effectâ€™ creates an emotional connection between players and the characters they encounter, and Xbox 360 provided us with the perfect platform to tell this incredible story.â€
â€œMass Effectâ€ is an action RPG available exclusively on Xbox 360 and is rated â€œMâ€ for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. It is available now for $59.99 (ERP), or $69.99 (ERP) for the special Limited Collectorâ€™s Edition, which includes a fiction book titled â€œGalactic Codex: Essentialsâ€; an art book titled â€œA Future Imaginedâ€; a bonus DVD featuring four exclusive documentaries about the creation of this epic game titled â€œInside BioWareâ€; and 10 songs from the gameâ€™s soundtrack.
BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company which develops computer, console, handheld and online video games focused on rich stories and memorable characters. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the worldâ€™s best-selling titles including the award-winning Baldurâ€™s Gateâ„¢ and Neverwinter Nightsâ„¢ series, as well as the 2003 Game of the Year, Star WarsÂ®: Knights of the Old Republicâ„¢. Original BioWare-created IPs include the 2005 RPG of the Year, Jade Empireâ„¢, with next-generation titles Mass Effectâ„¢ and Dragon Ageâ„¢ currently in development. Mass Effect will ship to retailers globally in November 2007. The game has received more than 50 awards, including the 2007 Game Critics Awards for â€œBest Console Gameâ€ and â€œBest RPGâ€ at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. With studios in Edmonton, Canada, and Austin, Texas, BioWare is also hard at work on a new title for the Nintendo DSâ„¢ based on Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as several unannounced projects including a massively multiplayer online game. For more information on BioWare, visit www.bioware.com.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox and Xbox 360 video game systems, the Windows operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as â€œAge of Empires,â€ â€œFlight Simulatorâ€ and â€œZoo Tycoonâ€; Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as â€œGears of Warâ€ and franchises such as â€œHalo,â€ â€œFable,â€ â€œProject Gotham Racingâ€ and â€œForza Motorsportâ€; and MSN Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as â€œBejeweledâ€ and â€œHexic.â€
About Xbox 360
Xbox 360 is a superior video game and entertainment system delivering the best games, unique entertainment features and a unified online gaming network that revolve around gamers. Xbox 360 will have a portfolio of more than 300 games and will be available in nearly 40 countries by the end of 2007. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/xbox360.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq â€œMSFTâ€) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.