This is a rare occurrence. Mass Effect 2 will launch for the PlayStation 3 in both a boxed retail version and on the PlayStation Network on the same date, January 18, 2011. Usually you’ll see the downloadable version of a game release months after the initial retail release. Here, not so much the case. For comparison sake, Mass Effect 2 launched on the Xbox 360 last January and still isn’t available through Microsoft’s Games On Demand service. â€¨â€¨
No pricing has been announced for the downloadable version of Mass Effect 2 on the PSN, which like the retail release will include the regular game and the three mission expansions. Odds are it will run for roughly the same cost as the $60 retail package. You’re just giving up physical media for the convenience factor.
â€¨â€¨To celebrate Mass Effect 2’s impending launch, here’s the PS3 version’s launch trailer.