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Mass Effect 2 on PC/360 simultaneously

No space in between this time.

BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 2 will launch simultaneously on PC and Xbox 360 early next year.

The original game took over six months to appear on desktop, although the extra time allowed improvements to be made.

"We learned a lot from building the PC version before, and having built it six months later there was a big difference. So we actually took what we learned from PC and put it back into 360," associate producer Jesse Houston told VG247 at gamescom.

"Fundamentally, we want you to have the same gameplay experience, but just with the difference in controls. This time round, doing it at the same time for a sim-ship, we can control the differences much more smoothly because it’s the same team building it now."

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