Want to play Mass Effect 3 when it launches next month, but don't want to leave your house? Lucky you! Electronic Arts and Sony announced today that the digital version of BioWare's upcoming RPG-shooter can be pre-ordered from the PlayStation Network.
Starting today -- when the PlayStation Store updates -- you can pre-order your copy of Mass Effect 3 through the title's store page. Unlike walking into GameStop and putting down five dollars, chances are you'll have to pay the game's full price when pre-ordering, so go buy those $50 PSN cards now.
Those who pre-order from PSN will have access to M55 Argus Rifle, so don't worry about missing out on any bonuses. Players will also get an exclusive Mass Effect 3 PS3 theme available only to digital pre-orders. And unlike getting Battlefield 3 for free, chances are EA won't just cancel this offer.
Unfortunately, EA did not reveal the digital version's pricing, but Mass Effect 2 may offer some clues. When Mass Effect 2 first launched on PS3, it was accompanied by a digital version, which was priced at the full retail MRSP of $59.99. While digital certainly does bring a level of convenience to consumers, it also helps pass some savings onto the publishers. It would be nice if EA could offer a slight discount to digital consumers, much like Sony does with digital Vita titles.
Mass Effect 3 isn't the first game to be offered for pre-order on PSN, Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse was also made available for pre-order at one point. Hopefully, this means PSN will allow for pre-orders of future titles, much like digital retailers of PC games.
So then, what of Xbox Live? To our knowledge the system has never offered a game for pre-order. It'll be interesting to see if big publishers like EA will be able to pressure Microsoft into easing up their system restrictions and allow it.
Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012, for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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Source: PlayStation Blog