Dragon Age: Origins News for PS3

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Dragon Age: Origins screenshot

BioWare, the developer of Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, is “really pumped” to be working on the PS3 with the upcoming multiplatform fantasy RPG Dragon Age: Origins.

The game is BioWare’s first for Sony’s console. Last generation, the EA-owned developer made only a single PS2 game: third-person shooter MDK2.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com, vice president of entertainment and miscellaneous at BioWare, and vice president of Electronic Arts, Greg Zeschuk, said that the team’s found developing on the PS3 “exciting”, and even has its advantages.

“It's been interesting,” he said. “It's actually been quite good. We discovered a couple of things we did were pretty beneficial. We have multiple threads going for the game and it looks really great on the PS3. You can just throw them on all different processors, for example.

“It's new. Because we already had experience on 360, that kind of got ahead a little bit, but now we pretty much caught up. Actually it was very exciting. People on the team were really pumped to work on it. They were like, wow. We have a lot of people that like doing new stuff and trying new things, and they were like, wow another platform, can't wait! It's been good.”

Zeschuk added that BioWare’s previous commitment to Microsoft’s consoles was a result of having worked with the US company for five years.

“It's going to be exciting having a PS3 game out finally. We only did one PS2 game – MDK2 on PS2. It's not like we have anything against Sony by any stretch. It's just that from a publishing perspective we worked with Microsoft for five years - that made it so easy to focus on Xbox and we didn't have to worry about the PlayStation platforms. But now, since being part of EA, it just makes complete sense. It's something we're totally behind.”

Some developers have criticised the PS3 for being too complicated and difficult to develop for. During the first 18 months of the console’s life gamers suffered from poor-quality ports of multi-platform games, especially on the graphics front.

Sony Computer Entertainment’s current Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer admitted earlier this year that the PS3 was “hard to program for”, but said it was a deliberate move in order to ensure that “the hardware has a lot more to offer” farther down the console’s life cycle.

Zeschuk, however, said BioWare was not only getting to grips with the console, but discovering its advantages.

“It's not bad actually,” he said when asked about development struggle on the platform. “It's funny, we had extra graphic memory left over on the PS3. We were like, wow! So we actually started putting some of the audio bits in there and stuff. It's a function of effort. Overall, pretty happy with how it's turning out.”

Will the graphics be exactly the same on both consoles? “Oh yeah. I can't say absolutely for sure. There will be elements that will be better... the actual graphics hardware is different on them, so one may be brighter than the other, but definitely the content will be absolutely the same.”

So there you have it PS3-owners. Looks like BioWare’s first effort on your console won’t be a substandard port.

For more on Dragon Age: Origins, head over to our hot off the press hands-on preview.

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startover4

believe it or not ive never gotten to play mass effect and it would be awesome to have on ps3
Posted 22:42 on 08 July 2009
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renegade

Indeed Mass effect would be nice guys
Posted 14:37 on 08 July 2009
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dudester

Now get mass effect sorted for ps3 :p
Posted 14:21 on 08 July 2009
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Cenceless

It's good that they're enjoying themselves developing for the PS3 but I will treat them the same way I treat every other developer developing their first PS3 game.

I always have doubts, I'm a glass half empty kind of guy so when a dev says this and that I'm not going to listen I'm going to wait for their final product and if both games are truly equal and presented at the same time then good for them.

But I refuse to get sucked in when people say "we had fun developing for the PS3" or comments of similar nature. I refuse to get sucked into the Free Radicals and Terminal Realities...

I really need to stop hanging out with my co-workers I'm slowly becoming a damn pessimist
Posted 11:33 on 08 July 2009
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Wido

Nice to hear that a developer like Bioware is having fun developing with the PS3.

Take note valve? ;)
Posted 10:58 on 08 July 2009
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Joey_Bananas

Finally a developer who has some good things to say when working with the PS3.
Posted 10:57 on 08 July 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 20/11/2009
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
Site Rank: 10,301 27
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