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Mass Effect 3 Delayed, New Screens

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BioWare has delayed the release of Mass Effect 3 without giving any specific reason... but the wait won't be too painful.

Wednesday BioWare's Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson said that the highly-anticipated third installment will not hit store shelves this holiday season. Instead, the release date has been pushed back to Q1 2012 for unknown reasons.

"Today we have confirmed that Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012," he stated on the BioWare forums. "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."

Mass Effect 3 will arrive on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC when it launches next year, taking place immediately after the "Arrival" DLC for Mass Effect 2. Returning cast members include Liara T'soni, Kaidan Alenko, Ashley Williams, Garrus, Wrex, Mordin, Legion and Colnel Anderson.

According to BioWare, the story will begin with our hero Commander Shepard on Earth facing trial for the events that transpired during the DLC. Halfway during the hearing, Reapers attack the planet, thus forcing Shepard to flee in the Normandy and seek out support from other alien civilizations to mount a counter-attack. To make matters worse, the Illusive Man has hired Cerberus to assassinate Shepard as soon as possible.

Anticipating the disappointment of Mass Effect fans, Wednesday BioWare also released two new screenshots as seen below. It's not much for compensation, but at least it's something.

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    zkevwlu , May 4, 2011 11:39 PM
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    restatement3dofted , May 4, 2011 11:42 PM
    Just like the last time you posted the second half of this article, the Illusive Man probably doesn't need to "hire" his own organization to take care of Shepard.
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    omnimodis78 , May 4, 2011 11:45 PM
    Frankly, I welcome this news! BioWare has much to redeem itself for given the mess (relatively speaking) of Dragon Age 2. My fear was that they would rush through ME3 and simply capitalize on the fact that we would all buy it regardless. Delays are generally good things as it indicates that some sort of quality control has either caught something or they want to fine tune something else. Better the wait than the disappointment(s).
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    truchonic , May 4, 2011 11:47 PM
    ugly game any ways!!!!!
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    fir_ser , May 4, 2011 11:50 PM
    This game has some good graphics.
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    burnley14 , May 4, 2011 11:51 PM
    Why Kaidan and Ashley? One of them HAD to die in the storyline no matter how it played out.
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    shloader , May 4, 2011 11:54 PM
    cuz a comma looked better than a slash? I wouldn't anticipate both being in the game unless they directly said "both will be in game at the same time".
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    Anaxamenes , May 5, 2011 12:02 AM
    I can wait. ME 1 and 2 were so awesome, that I want them to make sure they have everything in order. But, my generosity comes at a price. How about letting me borrow the rights to the IP to make a TV mini-series out of it? I'll split the merchandising profits with you BioWare. :o D
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    ben850 , May 5, 2011 12:31 AM
    burnley14Why Kaidan and Ashley? One of them HAD to die in the storyline no matter how it played out.

    it will still run off of your ME2 game save, so needless to say only 1 will be "in the game" once you load your old save.
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    jednx01 , May 5, 2011 1:19 AM
    Good. I want them to spend more time on it. I was pretty disappointed with how Dragon Age 2 turned out. I'd rather them spend more time on the game and have it be good than have it come out too quickly and be a letdown. If they ruined the ME series by having a sucky ending, I would be seriously mad... lol
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    pclee , May 5, 2011 2:39 AM
    I hope ME3 is closer to ME1 in customization. I'm still not convinced that ME2 has more weapons and armor options than ME1. That said the whole micromanagement aspect of the ME series sucks. It's not StarCraft and therefore seems wholly unnecessary.
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    stm1185 , May 5, 2011 3:58 AM
    Still no Miranda.

    She was my favorite part of ME2. And no matter how it ended she always survived so I am surprised they havent listed her for ME3.
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    rohitbaran , May 5, 2011 4:05 AM
    Disappointing. But, if they do make the game as good as they are claiming it to be, let it be delayed than releasing a half baked product.
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    rohitbaran , May 5, 2011 4:08 AM
    truchonicugly game any ways!!!!!

    You should play it. It is not the best in graphics, but it is not ugly by any means. Also, it is the story and gameplay that makes this series one of the greatest of all times.
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    Leaps-from-Shadows , May 5, 2011 4:13 AM
    stm1185Still no Miranda.She was my favorite part of ME2. And no matter how it ended she always survived so I am surprised they havent listed her for ME3.

    Yeah, I'd like to see Shepard get a good look at that genetically-engineered body of hers...
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    truchonic , May 5, 2011 4:19 AM
    yeah but 95% of my game life is online and i never play it before buy i saw it and an my ps3 (the dead one) o got the demo the first one was kinda lame but the second one was a lot better maybe i see it if i like it i'll buy it is like dead space good graphics and good story mode but i don't think Mass Effect series is one of the greatest of all time is you love it i respect your position and your ideas for me battle field i can't wait to have it on my hands . d:) 
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    mlcaouette , May 5, 2011 5:52 AM
    First gears 3 is pushed back now this. They should just stop giving dates so we don't get our hopes/expectations up. Oh and stm1185 Miranda died on my second play throuh with the hardest difficulty.
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    R6ex , May 5, 2011 7:22 AM
    Glad to hear it. Bet they can really polish up this game now.

    Play the "Arrival" DLC, and it felt so clunky. The movement, gun-fight and graphics were all so last-gen!

    Hope ME3 will be a big step up from ME2.

    My fav. game!
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    virtualban , May 5, 2011 7:56 AM
    I am glad Liara is coming back. :) 
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    Maziar , May 5, 2011 9:01 AM
    No :( ((((
    Good to see Liara is back though :) 
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