Star Wars: The Old Republic reportedly coming this fall, Mass Effect 3 delay seems more likely

A report from MCV claims that sources within BioWare have stated that Star Wars: The Old Republic will release September of this year, which is later than previously expected. The upcoming Star Wars MMOG is purportedly BioWare's most ambitious project ever, and is currently in a closed testing phase.

Know what else is scheduled for late 2011? If you read the headline of this article, you may have guessed that Mass Effect 3 is also slated for a 'Holiday 2011' release. We were already skeptical that Mass Effect's conclusion would be released the year after ME 2, and now we're even more skeptical - would EA and LucasArts really want two BioWare games butting heads in the same release window?

Granted, The Old Republic is a PC-only Star Wars MMORPG, and Mass Effect 3 is a multi-platform single-player RPG, so they won't necessarily conflict. Still, massively-multiplayer games aren't just tossed into the 'done' pile after launch - they need a ton of attention, especially during the crucial first weeks. As pointed out in the comments down there, BioWare has multiple studios, but we nevertheless imagine that the pressure on the company as a whole, and the need for Old Republic's launch to go flawlessly, will have an effect on its ME3 release decision.

Call us pessimists, but we're not convinced that we'll play Mass Effect 3 this year. Feel free to prove us wrong, BioWare, but if you do, please don't rush it. Ain't no reason not to take it slow...

Jan 26, 2011

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  • BazyLastard - January 28, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    I'm not going to be surprised if the release date ends up getting pushed back a little, but seriously: 1.) @GamesRadar - please advise the date your screenshot was originally made public (my guess it's at least 1-2 years old). 2.) Can we get a credibility check on MCV, the supposed "source" of this "news". This article smells like it's 90% sensationalism, 10% "news."
  • xtraRawN00b - January 27, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    I think star wars the old republic will be delayed and ME 2 will come out in fall.
  • MrGeppetto - January 27, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    Those are direct links to the photos. You'll just need to copy and paste into your address bar.
  • MrGeppetto - January 27, 2011 2:04 a.m.

    @TedDidlio That's actually a very poor choice of photo to use... it's one of the very first that Bioware released for the project (Years ago, if memory serves). The graphics are much more refined now. To give you some perspective of how far they've come, here are a couple of recent screenshots:
  • mockraven - January 27, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    @WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny I totally agree. I'd rather see ME3 pushed back and more time given into the final chapter of the ME Trilogy than to have it rushed out and be saddened with disappointment. In my opinion, delaying ME3 will only give the dev teams more time to make it all the better. :)
  • drewbian - January 27, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    glad activision arent in charge of bioware, otherwise we'd see mass effect3 released in 2 months time with half the game developed by different companies, and the rest released in expensive dlc
  • Dredgon - January 27, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    As much as I hate to say it, I do think that a delay is more than likely, though I love the idea of having BioWare "bookends" to begin and end the year. But what I would hate more is if they rushed it, as 2 is easily my favorite game of all time and I would hate for the sequel to disappoint due to being rushed. Regardless, I'm sure whatever happens it will be even better than 2, and until then I have DA II and the upcoming DLC to hold me over!
  • thejadefalcon - January 27, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    @TedDidlio: What did you expect? Crysis? Don't be ridiculous. It's an MMO, so it's not going to have top of the range graphics and they chose the art style for a specific reason.
  • WoodyWoodrowAndThePanfluteOfDestiny - January 27, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    I HOPE they delay ME3. I'm scared they're rushing it out for Christmas. Mass Effect is my favorite series, it better be more "Return of the King" than "Return of the Jedi". Suffice to say my expectations are high. /back me up Brelston
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - January 27, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    @elpurplemonkey True, but I just feel like resources among all of their studios must be stretched thin - they've spent a ton of money on Old Republic and its launch has to go flawlessly... dropping ME3 at the same time just seems like a bad move to me. They're very different games, but they're both sci-fi RPGs, so there's gotta be some cross-over audience. They can't afford to distract anyone from Old Republic... not after all the years of development.
  • elpurplemonkey - January 27, 2011 12:34 a.m.

    That reasoning isn't especially sound Ty Ty, like you said- one game is a PC only MMO, the other is a singleplayer action RPG. Two very different genres so no conflict there. They are two very big releases in the same window, which is a lot of work for one developer- but that developer has four studios. That gives me hope that ME3 won't end up being delayed.
  • TedDidlio - January 27, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    Ermmm.. that screen looks.. how to say this nicely.. fucking terrible. I literally wouldn't have been impressed with those graphics on the original Xbox. Blech. Hope the finished game looks better than that.
  • Darth_Griffin - January 27, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    it's unfortunatly a good point. I can see Mass Effect 3 being pushed back a little bit to make it better
  • Blackrazed - January 27, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    Can pretty much agree with this

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