It would appear as though two of the most highly anticipated sequels in the foreseeable future, Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3, are going to make their way to portable platforms within the next year. EA’s release calender has revealed not only the release windows for both titles -including an unfortunate delay for Mass Effect 3 – but also the addition of mobile editions for the popular franchises.
Mass Effect and Battlefield have both made appearances on the small screen before, with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Mass Effect Galaxy, respectively. Both downloadable games fared well considering their spin-off status, and it is no surprise that EA would want to capitalize on the ever-expanding mobile scene.
There is no clear indication yet if these mobile titles will mirror their console brethren, but the restrictions and limitations of the cell phone scene make the spin-off scenario much more likely. Of course, there is always the off chance that EA is in fact working on portable renditions of the popular shooters for the 3DS and/or the NGP. Specifics have yet to surface, and it will undoubtedly be quite some time until they do, but don’t hold your breath. It is very unlikely a full on portable title would have stayed under wraps for this long.
Looking forward, regardless of platform, the Battlefield 3 mobile game will almost certainly be a first person shooter – a stripped down version of its console counterpart. No one expects anything more or anything less than a solid FPS from a game that shares the Battlefield namesake. Mass Effect, on the other hand, has a lot more wiggle room. Mass Effect Galaxy gave BioWare a chance to get experimental with both gameplay and story design, effectively creating both a prequel for Mass Effect 2 and an entertaining and unique iOS action RPG. It will be exciting to see if BioWare will continue to take risks with these mobile asides in the future, or if Mass Effect 3 Mobile might also aim for a larger market.
Do you think the mobile sequels will follow the path of their predecessors, or will EA break the mold and concoct some fresh portable gaming goodness for the fans?
Both mobile Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 titles are expected to drop before next March. Their console counterparts will be in stores starting this fall.