About a week ago, EA announced two potentially hip, upcoming apps for Mass Effect fans with iPads and iPhones. The first was a third-person shooter called Infiltrator. The other was a straight-up companion app dubbed Mass Effect Datapad. One problem: EA didn't have much to say about the latter title. Like, at all. Talk about a bummer.

We said we'd update you, so here we are. In an interview at the event, Giant Bomb nabbed some details on Datapad from Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters. In brief, Walters confirmed that it'll at least carry the game's codex entries.

From the interview:

WALTERS: Probably the most inclusive thing on the Datapad app is the codex entries, which of course are available in the game. The ones in the game will be tailored to your experience and open up as you play the game. While we wanted to add other ways to access the universe, we didn't want you to necessarily feel like you HAD to have them. They had to be optional, but they also had to feel useful in their own right, and fun, just like the Infiltrator game, which is amazing.

This series' codex entries are well produced. In fact, they make you want to hang out with them in a comfortable place, instead of just glancing at them in-between missions and action-y content. If Datapad has a half-way decent UI, it'll make snuggling up with Mass Effect 3's codex, natively, totally possible. We're stoked.

[via Giant Bomb]

  • Rob Geeson

    Brad, sorry.. but did you just say, 'hip'?

  • http://www.facebook.com/shane.ohalloran1 Shane Patrick O'Halloran

     no love for Android?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I was kind of hoping the datapad app would be some kind of.... datapad, that would provide information I could look at and use while playing ME3. If its just a bunch of codex entries, then thats kind of disappointing. And Im definitely not interested in a mass effect game on ios thats nothing more than a shooter.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YDTTGHJ24HAKU5E7NPZNCMD6V4 Dillon

      its a free app.... would be nice to have that open on an iDevice while playing the campaign

  • Anonymous

    so i can strap my ipad to my wrist and get all geeky like? :) 

  • macguitar

    This is a test.

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

       Reading you loud and clear. Over.

      • macguitar

        Thank you, sir.

    • macguitar

      One more test.

  • http://twitter.com/r0botnyk Szabolcs Illés

    A year ago, Cliff Bleszinski (of Epic Games) said that he thinks the next big thing in the industry will be when someone creates a game that is played through different platforms at the same time to some degree. Halo ATLAS, a map for Batman Arkham City, and now this.
    They are far from being there yet, I think.

  • macguitar

    This is another test USING THE NEW TA APP YEAH THATS RIGHT

  • Anonymous

    have enjoyed the codexes in previous games, have not enjoyed stopping to play to read them , breaks up the flow. (bit like the books in skyrim). This pleases me. Please EA just hurry up and release so i can give you all my money.

  • Phillip Nicewaner

    I hope there is not one negative thing associated with ME3. BioWare did great things with the console game and taking a chance on multiplayer is going to pay off for all of us.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, when multiplayer was first announced I was furious. Figured it would be like Dead Space 2, and its tacked on multiplayer. I could picture EA focus groups now. "All these teen kids say dead space was alright but needed multiplayer! So the sequel must have death match" Ugh, epic fail.

      However, now I've seen more of the ME3 multiplayer, I'm optimistic, genuinely looks to add to the experience.