October 16, 2009, 9:52 PM — As if the mass exodus of delayed games into the early months of 2010 hadn't created enough of a clutter in the new year, EA has planted one of its most anticipated titles in the first month of next year, setting a January 26 release date for the highly-anticipated Mass Effect 2.
The press release, reprinted below, also makes note of many pre-order armor and weapon bonuses, which seem to be GameStop exclusives. The release makes no distinction between the PC and Xbox 360 versions, but also neglects to mention a simultaneous release on both systems, that producers have promised (as reported by Destructoid), so we've sent a query to EA about the subject. The previous Mass Effect came out on the Xbox 360 six months before the PC version arrived.
BIOWARE ANNOUNCES JANUARY 26 LAUNCH DATE FOR MASS EFFECT 2 TOGETHER WITH EXCITING PRE-ORDER INCENTIVES
Unique Armor and Weaponry Available with Pre-Orders at Select Retailers Worldwide
Edmonton, Alberta (October 16, 2009) - Mark your calendar and lock in your copy of Mass Effect 2 now! Leading video game developer BioWare(tm), a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that the epic Shooter/RPG Mass Effect(tm) 2 will be on store shelves in North America on January 26, and on January 29 in Europe. With its larger-than-life hero Commander Shepard, intense shooter action, nuanced characters and a rich storyline, the much-anticipated sequel to the original award-winning opus is one of the most anticipated titles of 2010. In support of the launch, BioWare is releasing unique Mass Effect 2 pre-order incentives* at key retailers in North America and across Europe. Codes for downloading these items will be provided to players who have pre-ordered, usable when the game is released.
"Our fans are in for a genuine thrill in the New Year with Mass Effect 2 - the second installment in the trilogy will be of amazingly high quality," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder, BioWare and Group General Manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA. "BioWare's fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting this epic sequel, and we couldn't be more excited to reward them for pre-ordering by delivering some awesome bonus content!"
In North America, pre-order bonuses* include special-ops armor and weaponry that are designed to boost Commander Shepard's skills and abilities. At GameStop, Terminus Gear is available with pre-orders, which includes the powerful Terminus Assault Armor and the M-490 Blackstorm Heavy Weapon: