Mass Effect - mass commotion

There's been a bit of hustle and bustle surrounding the release of BioWare's Mass Effect this afternoon, as several websites report a US release date of June 5 and European release date of June 22 for the RPG stunner - though Microsoft is keeping quiet.

Italian site Spazio Games first reported the dates. Other European news ops have since claimed the dates as real, though Microsoft expectedly refused to comment when contacted this afternoon.

Whether they turn out to be right or wrong, the sci-fi effort has long been expected sooner rather than later- especially seeming as the official website has gone into media overdrive.

Fuel was added to the fire when BioWareCEO Ray Muzyka said that Mass Effect would beabsent from this year's scaled-down E3 in July - blatantly because it'll already be out by then.

We recently had the pleasure to sit down with Muzyka, as well as co-bossGreg Zeschuk, and watch the entire first hour of Mass Effect in action. For our impressions and interview, headhere.

We will of course be the first to shout from the rooftops when Microsoft starts jotting on the Xbox 360 release calendar.

March 30, 2007