Mass Effect 3 delayed

Written by Joe Martin

May 5, 2011 // 11:12 a.m.

Tags: #bioware #electronic-arts #mass-effect #mass-effect-3 #mass-effect-3-release-date #release-date #rpg

Bioware and Electronic Arts have delayed Mass Effect 3, pushing the much-anticipated sequel back from a Christmas 2011 release date to a more vague Q1 2012.

Bioware's Executive Producer Casey Hudson broke the news via the official Facebook page, saying that the game has been delayed as Bioware strives to exceed expectations.

'Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012,' said Hudson.

'The development team is laser focused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds everyone's expectations.'

Electronic Arts however has said that Mass Effect 3 has been significantly tweaked to offer a more mass-market appeal than the previous two games in the series.

'One of the things that Ray Muzyuka and the team up in Edmonton have done is essentially step-by-step adjust the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you'll see at E3 to put this in a genre equivalent to shooter-meets-RPG," said EA boss John Riccitiello in an investor conference, "and essentially address a much larger market opportunity than Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 began to approach.

Console yourself by watching the trailer below, reading our Mass Effect 2 review and letting us know your thoughts in the forums.


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