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BioWare's New Mystery Game Is...

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Last week brought reports that BioWare plans to reveal a new game at this year's Video Game Awards on Spike TV. Although the developer didn't provide actual details, it offered a 20-second teaser trailer (featuring 4 seconds of actual footage) and two QR codes. Needless to say, gamers took the bait and ran, dissecting and speculating.

Unfortunately the hunt for the truth was short lived. If a SCEE Russia Twitter entry was correct, then the mystery game will be a multi-platform Mass Effect 3. Surprised? You shouldn't be given the three clues offered last week: the possible appearance of the M-29 Incisor Sniper Rifle in the video, the QR hinting to the atomic mass of iron, and the other QR pointing to the fictional planet Aequitas located in the Fortis system--a system residing in the Mass Effect universe.

"Company #BioWare Award for #VideoGameAwards showed a teaser, in which we can see the first footage #MassEffect 3," the translated Twitter entry read.

As of this writing, the passage has since been removed, confirming that SCEE Russia may have spoken too soon. In BioWare's defense, the SCEE Russia staffer could have been wrong, and the clues lead to a Mass Effect spin-off. Guess we'll see next month on December 11.

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    theshonen8899 , November 22, 2010 9:43 PM
    Razor512They need to stop being lazy and release mass effect 3 already. I have played through all of the mass effect 2 expansions and now I am suffering from mass effect withdrawal.I need some mass effect 3 now please.Th the game being released is not mass effect 3 then they need to stop what ever they are doing and release mass effect 3


    Lazy? Excuse me? Half Life 2 took six years and Starcraft 2 took ten. Both of which turned out to be fantastic games. Simmer the fuck down and wait. Rushed games are never good.
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    razor512 , November 22, 2010 9:00 PM
    They need to stop being lazy and release mass effect 3 already. I have played through all of the mass effect 2 expansions and now I am suffering from mass effect withdrawal.

    I need some mass effect 3 now please.

    If the the game that is being released is not mass effect 3 then they need to stop what ever they are doing and release mass effect 3
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    edwinjr , November 22, 2010 9:08 PM
    I'm hoping Mass Effect 3.
    It is must ME3
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    NapoleonDK , November 22, 2010 9:11 PM
    Ah yes finally! Man I had so much fun with ME2 that I held off on going through the relay until I had every single other quest done. Seriously that dang relay was waiting for like 2 months. XD
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    AMW1011 , November 22, 2010 9:13 PM
    What?! THERES GOING TO BE A THIRD GAME IN THE TRILOGY!? You don't say. I sure am surprised.

    I was assuming it would be a different story line in the Mass Effect universe following different characters. I was actually pretty excited for this, since the Mass Effect universe is so expansive. We still don't know for sure though.

    Then again, I wouldn't be saddened by an early ME3 at all.
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    theshonen8899 , November 22, 2010 9:43 PM
    Razor512They need to stop being lazy and release mass effect 3 already. I have played through all of the mass effect 2 expansions and now I am suffering from mass effect withdrawal.I need some mass effect 3 now please.Th the game being released is not mass effect 3 then they need to stop what ever they are doing and release mass effect 3


    Lazy? Excuse me? Half Life 2 took six years and Starcraft 2 took ten. Both of which turned out to be fantastic games. Simmer the fuck down and wait. Rushed games are never good.
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    maliusmaximus , November 22, 2010 9:54 PM
    I think it's too early for ME3. If they release it in the first quarter of 2011 then I fear it may only be half baked. Unless they're freaks of nature like Infinity Ward they'll need most of 2011 to make the game truly awesome. I'm hoping this game is "just" a spin-off to keep us junkies hooked, so when ME3 comes out it gives the series the ending it deserves
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    False_Dmitry_II , November 22, 2010 9:55 PM
    theshonen8899Lazy? Excuse me? Half Life 2 took six years and Starcraft 2 took ten. Both of which turned out to be fantastic games. Simmer the fuck down and wait. Rushed games are never good.


    While I will agree that about a year is really on the short side for another game and makes me wonder what it will be like. (maybe half of it will be released after like with DA: O)

    But those two lengths are nearly Duke Nukem Forever in comparison. At least in Duke's case they were doing something with it for that long, (even if none of it comes/came to fruition) I doubt if either of those two games were actually in development that long. Especially starcraft.

    That's like saying the time between Half-life Ep2 and EP3/HL3 will make it super awesome. Too bad they were too busy making the L4D games and a bunch of DLC's for them, and also Portal 2.

    Or any other game that spends years and years in development and yet is like 5 hours long.
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    firebee1991 , November 22, 2010 10:03 PM
    I tried playing the original Mass Effect, but I just never really got into it. Some people love the huge open-world RPG type of games, but it just never did it for me.
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    maliusmaximus , November 22, 2010 10:22 PM
    False_Dmitry_IIWhile I will agree that about a year is really on the short side for another game and makes me wonder what it will be like. (maybe half of it will be released after like with DA: O)But those two lengths are nearly Duke Nukem Forever in comparison. At least in Duke's case they were doing something with it for that long, (even if none of it comes/came to fruition) I doubt if either of those two games were actually in development that long. Especially starcraft.That's like saying the time between Half-life Ep2 and EP3/HL3 will make it super awesome. Too bad they were too busy making the L4D games and a bunch of DLC's for them, and also Portal 2.Or any other game that spends years and years in development and yet is like 5 hours long.


    True, I'm assuming though that they are working hard at it. Bioware are an excellent group and I don't think they'd let one of their biggest titles fade into the sunset. I'm just saying for such a vast and multi faceted series like ME, you really need at least two years to truly develop all of your resources. With only 1 year of development I don't see how any company could make such an epic and multi-dimensional game.
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    Anonymous , November 22, 2010 11:10 PM
    I agree with maliusmaximus on the develoment time frame for an epic game. There's always a standard, but more importantly, does the softcore, hardcore, and casual gamer alike really want another Mass Effect game so soon after the second?

    Keep in mind that ME: 2 just came out this what April? As a big fan of the series I wouldn't mind waiting a year or more for the next installment. It's not like there aren't other really good games out right now. I just don't want the sequel to be anything less than its prequels.
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    brother shrike , November 22, 2010 11:56 PM
    False_Dmitry_IIWhile I will agree that about a year is really on the short side for another game and makes me wonder what it will be like. (maybe half of it will be released after like with DA: O)But those two lengths are nearly Duke Nukem Forever in comparison. At least in Duke's case they were doing something with it for that long, (even if none of it comes/came to fruition) I doubt if either of those two games were actually in development that long. Especially starcraft.That's like saying the time between Half-life Ep2 and EP3/HL3 will make it super awesome. Too bad they were too busy making the L4D games and a bunch of DLC's for them, and also Portal 2.Or any other game that spends years and years in development and yet is like 5 hours long.

    Valve has multiple development teams, they call them cabals. L4D didn't affect Half-Life, at least not directly. Obviously it advanced the technology, which might have delayed Ep3, but I'm sure Ep3 will be a better game because of it.
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    dEAne , November 23, 2010 12:43 AM
    Mass Effect 3? I been thinking another thing.
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    Formata , November 23, 2010 1:06 AM
    I've heard murmurings about the possibility of a ME multi player type spin off... Would be fun!
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    darkavenger123 , November 23, 2010 1:34 AM
    theshonen8899Lazy? Excuse me? Half Life 2 took six years and Starcraft 2 took ten. Both of which turned out to be fantastic games. Simmer the fuck down and wait. Rushed games are never good.


    Starcraft 2 a good game??? After 10 years, the gameplay remains basically the same (and they don't even bother to create another race) + ripping off customers with no LAN play and 3 Episodes (so they can screw you 3 times over). Mass Effect 2 was way better and it didn't need 10 years. It's not like they are doing Starcraft 2 for 10 years non-stop OT everyday, they just ran out of ideas and don't know what to do with it.
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    Anonymous , November 23, 2010 2:48 AM
    clearly they had a different dev team working on the second game while the original team is working on the 3rd within bioware, Similar to what ubisoft did with splintercell. cmon people do ur research!
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    maliusmaximus , November 23, 2010 3:53 AM
    ginormousclearly they had a different dev team working on the second game while the original team is working on the 3rd within bioware, Similar to what ubisoft did with splintercell. cmon people do ur research!

    That's only slightly true. Of course it's standard practice with series games to get work underway on the sequel in parallel with the current release, but there is a limit to how much you can develop. For example the graphic artists bring their own unique look to a game; changing artists for DLC would change the feel. They would be slowly transitioning people from the ME2 to the ME3 team as necessary, and the ME3 team would only have become full strength this year (if they are indeed finished with ME2 content and assuming that the latest and future DLC will be handled by another dev team). That's why I don't think they would be able to create an equally spectacular ME3 within a year of ME2 being released
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    buzznut , November 23, 2010 4:02 AM
    I thought this new reveal was mass effect related without even reading the article. It seems obvious..
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    wowohwow , November 23, 2010 4:04 AM
    theshonen8899Lazy? Excuse me? Half Life 2 took six years and Starcraft 2 took ten. Both of which turned out to be fantastic games. Simmer the fuck down and wait. Rushed games are never good.


    Well said.
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    acabrino , November 23, 2010 9:02 AM
    theshonen8899Lazy? Excuse me? Half Life 2 took six years and Starcraft 2 took ten. Both of which turned out to be fantastic games. Simmer the fuck down and wait. Rushed games are never good.


    See Crap of the Lich King.
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    deecrutch , November 23, 2010 9:31 AM
    TAKE YOUR TIME, Bioware. I want ME3 as much as ANYONE, but I want it done RIGHT more than I want it done FAST.

    Take your time and do it right.
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