Consider your Christmas dreams shattered, my friends. BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 has been pushed from a “Holiday 2011” to a more nebulous “Q1 2012” release.
In an announcement on their Mass Effect Facebook page, Executive Producer Casey Hudson said
Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. 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.
Even though my Geth-hatin’ trigger finger would prefer otherwise, this announcement doesn’t exactly come as a shock. BioWare shipped Dragon Age II back in March, and their Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, is set to launch later this year. Adding the climactic conclusion to their Mass Effect space opera on top of that lineup would be hard work for any studio to accomplish.
To lessen the blow (barely), BioWare released a pair of extra screenshots on the same Facebook page. The first one (above) shows our beloved Commander Shepard with Mass Effect veterans, Kaidan Alenko and Liara T’Soni, who have been confirmed to be rejoining Shepard’s team in the final installment. (Ashley Williams, of course, will replace Kaidan if he died during the course of the first Mass Effect.)
Try to hold back the tears, but considering how epic this tale will no doubt be, wouldn’t you rather have them take a few extra months to make it as polished as possible before you get your grubby gamer fingers on it?
In the mean time, I guess I’ll just complete a fourth playthrough of Mass Effect 2. Miranda deserves to be re-seduced.