Some very painful news for fans of the Mass Effect franchise who were impatiently waiting the arrival of the biggest and final installment in the series, Mass Effect 3, which was set to hit store shelves at some point this November.
But with two other juggernauts in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception planned for November, it was too chaotic a month to even bother with. Paired with some other reasons, BioWare has now announced that they’ll be holding on to their highly anticipated title just a little longer, and that the game with now be released in early 2012.
The release date for the game had been kind of shaky, first having it landing in “late 2011/early 2012.” The two dates more recently were December 31 and the above-mentioned November, and the game had been dubbed the “most anticipated title of 2011” by multiple outlets, basically confirming that it would be shipped out this year. Unfortunately that just wasn’t going to happen, whether the developers thought it would initially or not.
The announcement, made by Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson, first appeared on the BioWare forum and was later more officially confirmed. Here’s what the post said:
Today we have confirmed that 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.
We’ll have more details about specific dates as we get closer to release.
Though sad news, most fans can swallow having to wait a little longer. In all reality, the more time BioWare takes to ensure the most perfect finale to the Mass Effect series possible, the happier every single one of us will be.
What do you think, is 3-4 more months of waiting too long?
[Source: via G4]