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
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