Mass Effect 3 delayed till early 2012, thus ruining Christmas

Alter your Holiday plans immediately folks, because something unsurprising and wholly predictable has happened: Mass Effect 3 has been delayed! BioWare today confirmed via their Facebook that Mass Effect 3 has been pushed to early 2012. Here’s the official announcement:

"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.”

- Casey Hudson, Executive Producer Mass Effect series

When you think about it, this is hardly surprising. BioWare isn’t a small company, but shipping ME3 in the same year as Dragon Age II and Star Wars: The Old Republic, an MMO, is quite a lot to expect. The finale to their epic sci-fi trilogy is going to be huge, so it’s understandable the team wants to get it right. Besides, Mass Effect 2 came out during January and sold like crazy, demonstrating BioWare doesn’t need a fall release to be successful. Sure this is sad news, but fall 2011 is stacked as it is, so don’t cry too hard.

On a final, personal note, I want to make it clear that it was I, Henry Gilbert who first said in the GamesRadar offices that it wasn’t coming out in 2011. When everyone else pushed it to #1 on our 100 most anticipated games of 2011 I was all like, “it’s not happening guys, make Batman #1, that'll actually come out this year.” But they all refused to accept such an obvious likelihood. Sure some, like Mikel, eventually got on the bandwagon, but others chose to turn away from the light. But who's laughing now, huh? Who's laughing now?

Anyway, since ME3 and Last Guardian are gone from 2011, what’s your new most anticipated game of 2011?

May 4, 2011


  • soren7550 - May 8, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I'm sad that it's been delayed and that I have to wait longer to find out what happens next, but I am happy that this gives me more time to save up for the Collector's Edition. Awesome new screens by the way.
  • zackotto - May 6, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Pissed and glad at the same time. But now I need to tell my parents that we need to put all the money on the as I will call it the "KICK-ASS" Version.
  • MetaSyke - May 6, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Hopefully this extra time will insure that we dont have any issues like Conrad Verner in ME2... plus Wrex becoming a teammate and LI. X3
  • md1292 - May 6, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Kind of glad because it gives my wallet a chance to catch its breath. I'm probably most excited for Arkham City.
  • taterboob - May 5, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    Disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. From here on out, anytime I hear about a major game slated to release in the holidays that isn't Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, I'm just going to go ahead and assume that is code for 1st quarter the following year. This seems to be the new hotness with publishers, thinking that they're getting their game out of the flooded holiday market, but in turn they're flooding the springtime. I just don't get it.
  • rocketfuel - May 5, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    This is good, it was not going to get enough light from me anyways since I would be to absorbed with Skyrim. See you fondly in 2012 ME3.
  • babyhenchy1 - May 5, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Well, since this has been delayed and Portal 2 has been released, Batman: Arkham City is currently my most anticipated game yet to come out this year.
  • FlagrantPilgrim - May 5, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    My most-anticipated-of-2011 has always been LA Noire, so it's no big deal.
  • corndog501 - May 5, 2011 4:11 p.m.

  • mothbanquet - May 5, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    I be using the pennies freed up by this delay for Arkham City! :O
  • NightCrawler_358 - May 5, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    Thats fine with me. I'll have to space the games out, if i want to be playing Uncharted 3, Arkham City, and Skyrim. WHICH I DO!
  • falcon4196 - May 5, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Say it ain't so. Well, hopefully PSN is back up buy November so at least I'll have Uncharted 3.
  • Deinsleaf - May 5, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    Better Delayed than to come out like Dragon Age II: Incomplete.
  • Zeb364 - May 5, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    It kind of sucks but with so many other fantastic games coming out this year it'll be nice to have the extra time. I love seeing Henry brag at the end of this article.
  • quincytheodore - May 5, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    I never believe 2011 release date anyway.. But hey, they tried.. With so much competition, it's for the best. If it was me, I don't want to face Skyrim either. thus ruining the chance of getting more money. I also don't believe FF XIII-2 will be for winter 2011. Hah! fat chance.
  • mhendon - May 5, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    This can only be a good thing. Take as much time as you need to make this awesome, Bioware. I'll be here with my money, waiting for you when you're ready. p.s. RECAPTCHA!!!! *shakes fists*
  • babyhenchy1 - May 5, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    @FVDub Oh come on. Not again. BioWare has already publicly stated that there is no multiplayer. Why do we always need to think of the worst?
  • ItBurnsWhenIWii - May 5, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    Mass Effect didn't have the balls to stand up to star wars, uncharted 3, Mario 3D, and Skyrim. What chicken shits. :D :D :D XP :'( ...i fell and bit my tounge.
  • spideralex90 - May 5, 2011 3:36 a.m.

    I figured this would happen.
  • BraveDave - May 5, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    I'm guessing EA learned from the Dragon Age II backdraft. Good on them! :)

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