EA has high hopes for Mass Effect sequel

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has confirmed that EA expects Mass Effect 2 to be one of the "biggest games" of 2010.

"[Mass Effect 2] a big step forward from what was an 89-, 90-rated game the first time out in graphics, presentation and epic story, but this time, the shooting is on par with a high-end shooter like Gears of War," Riccitiello told Gamasutra.

Riccitiello also noted that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 would likely help EA compete against Activision's wildly successful CoD franchise.

"Battlefield represents our best opportunity of taking the first-person business back from Activision. Call of Duty started as a million-unit franchise of a good business, and was built to be more than 10 million," said Riccitiello.

"Often, in a category as competitive as this, a title can get tired. I think we're at that point, and I think Battlefield represents our best opportunity of taking that [genre] back."??

Mass Effect 2 will be available on January 26, 2010 for the Xbox 360 and Windows-based PCs. ?

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