Many have called 2011 "the year of the RPG." …but it's just so hard to embody that phrase when you lose a BioWare gem. 🙁

It was guaranteed to be one of the biggest titles of the year, and destined to be near the top of the holiday sales charts. Sadly, BioWare has announced that Mass Effect 3 has been delayed until the first quarter of 2012. Maybe they're just going for symmetry; ME2 launched for the Xbox 360 and PC in January 2010 and for the PlayStation 3 in January 2011. Of course, January would be an optimistic estimate, considering the rather vague first quarter window. Said series executive producer Casey 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."

So unfortunately, we won't be able to assume the role of Commander Shepard until next year. That's bad news for role-playing fans but hey, there are still plenty of RPGs scheduled for 2011, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , which is set to arrive in November. And besides, it's not like there will be a lack of games during the holiday rush…

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

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coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

That is disappointing news, but like you said, there are other offerings to hold us over until it releases.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Once again, there are way too many great games coming out this year anyways. And even though I think this game would have sold well in the holiday season regardless of what other games it may have gone up against, it'll definitely sell better now in the barren month of January.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

And now all the *other* gaming websites have to decide which other game to annoint as GOTY before they've actually played it. 😛

Cavan1
Cavan1
9 years ago

thats not a bad thing, means its not competing with uncharterd 3

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Yeah because thats the only game coming out during that time…huh

JDC80
JDC80
9 years ago

I was looking forward to hiding out in my room playing this and Uncharted 3. I guess it's now Uncharted 3 and Batman Arkham City to play during the holidays.


Last edited by JDC80 on 5/4/2011 3:55:38 PM

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

In the meantime mabye they can sort out getting ME1 on the PS3… Otherwise they take take aslong as they please…

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

Honestly that is never going to happen. I believe that Microsoft has a death lock on the original title. They did bring the interactive comic ot the ME2 disc and while it wasn't the same as playing the first game it did a decent job letting you choose story relevant paths.

If that's your sole reason behind not playing ME2 and planning on skipping ME3 I feel bad for you. You really are missing an excellent story.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

ya gotta let it go Ultima… I have.

frostface
frostface
9 years ago

Always with the Elder Scrolls and never a mention about Dark Souls. Shameful behaviour I tells ya!

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Pretty much this, ME3 could never get released and I would be happy with those two.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dark Souls is unproven.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/4/2011 5:39:09 PM

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Darks Souls is unproven, but if its anything like Demons Souls…I'm all in.

And to the guy who doesn't care about ME3…yeah, your speaking for yourself.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Not surprised one bit considering the two GOTY contenders in Uncharted 3 and Elder Scrolls V coming out in November.

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

Too many games….wallet overload…boom! haha. I'm glad it got delayed. June 7th is going to bankrupt me. Operation Flashpoint, Infamous2 and Red Faction Armageddon. Which the demo is really awesome on the xbox.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I keep wanting to preorder more stuff!

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Take your time bioware, I can wait.

I want this mass effect to not be inferior to the xbox 360 version.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

For the most part, ME2 already accomplished that. Granted, both versions had their strengths, but laying down a definitive "inferior" claim for any one platform is just wrong.

kevinater321
kevinater321
9 years ago

The ps3 looked way better with mass effect 2. Mainly because it used the thirds graphics engine.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

It was inferior due to the frame rate that was my only problem.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I absolutely don't mind. I can respect any decision to forgo the holiday rush of sales to take the time to make a better product. Besides, the later half of this year is jam packed with excellent games as it is.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

This year is so good anyways. Also, this indicate that they definitely are not just wrapping a new story on an old engine, but creating something genuine. I dig that.

So, ME3 will be goty 2012 instead then. 🙂


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/4/2011 5:39:51 PM

tayizfire
tayizfire
9 years ago

[email protected] of the year….you must be joking …i mean its a good game but come on …in 2011 this game didnt have a prayer for game of the year ….uncharted 3 …battlefield 3 …skyrim…modern warfare 3…resistance 3 …infamous 2 …i mean come on and i could continue if i wanted lmaooo

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

You do know Mass Effect 2 is GOTY for 2010, right?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

tayizfire: I think we can do without the mocking tone.

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

…deedni

Codeez
Codeez
9 years ago

@tayizfire: lmaooo

___________
___________
9 years ago

MW3?
and there the ones who are joking?
rrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiigggggggghhhhhhhhhhttttttt…………..

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dang I was gonna ask for it for Xmas. I guess it can wait.

Victor321
Victor321
9 years ago

NO!!!

:**(

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
9 years ago

Frak

Still, will give us gamers a chance to play other games so, in that regard, it's a good thing.

Codeez
Codeez
9 years ago

This is in my top 5 for sure. It's definitely dissapointing, but you're right, there will be plenty other 30+ hour time consumers this year. They can take all the time they need to polish this baby up.

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Depressing but I can live with it. They have more time to perfect it and I have one less game to buy this fall.

FxTales
FxTales
9 years ago

Truth is if they're using this time to make it better then I will keep my mouth shut. I'm still hoping it will be released reasonably early next year though.

However as it's been mentioned there are numerous titles to still look forward to.

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

.tiaw nac ew kniht I ;laed gib oN

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

Oh I see, you're drunk

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Okay, so I just read a statement made reported by Joystiq:

When asked about the delay, EA boss John Riccitiello said, "Essentially, step by step, [BioWare is] adjusting some of the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you'll see at E3 that can put this into a genre equivalent of shooter-meets-RPG, and essentially address a far larger market opportunity than Mass Effect 1 did and Mass Effect 2 began to approach."

Man, I thought the delay was to make a "better" game. Instead, visions of Splinter Cell Conviction are running through my mind. I trust Bioware but this decision looks like one being made more by the publisher than by Bioware.

Truly, was last gen (PS2/Xbox) the final largely unfettered console development environment?

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Kind of a mixed bag. ME is popular because of it storytelling. But if they can enhance the gameplay, great, but I hope Bioware isn't catering to action heads while forgetting to create a great story. They most likely won't, but one has to wonder. Michael Bay killed Transformers for me, EA don't ruin ME for me.

The X Factor 9
The X Factor 9
9 years ago

I'm not upset. This gives me more time to focus on Uncharted 3 and Skyrim. No problems at all. Make the best game you can Bioware. I'll be waiting day 1.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Agreed. There's plenty to play while waiting 🙂

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Man this was really the only game I truly wanted this fall. UC3, Batman AC and Skyrim are up there, but I was truly anticipating this. But the delay works out, buy other games during this time and hopefully have a great game in January.

___________
___________
9 years ago

bump bump bump and another one bites the dust.
bump bump bump and another one bites the dust.
and another one gone and another one gone and another one bites the dust!
god dam it, those patent papers are taking forever!