Mass Effect 3 delayed, you should be relieved

Mass Effect 3 is now aiming for a release within the “first three months of 2012.”

But don’t fret! Think about your future for a second. Mass Effect 3 was set to release amongst a load of other fantastic looking games. For example: Uncharted 3 and Batman: Arkham City. Both of these are going to be occupying a large amount of your time–and don’t even get me started about Skyrim. What about Rage and Deus Ex? We haven’t even begun to tackle all of the games that are expected to be released later this year. Allotting the time and effort needed to complete the final step in your mission to defeat the Reapers and save the galaxy isn’t going to eat up anything less than a week. Let’s just assume you’re too busy.

Executive producter Casey Hudson brings us back to the present and assures us that our patience will be rewarded: “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.” Did you see that? He promises us that Mass Effect 3: Mass Harder will rock.

In an earnings call earlier today, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said, “Essentially, step by step, [BioWare is] adjusting some of the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you’ll see at E3 that can put this into a genre equivalent of shooter-meets-RPG, and essentially address a far larger market opportunity than Mass Effect 1 did and Mass Effect 2 began to approach.”

Action is not going to be in short-supply this holiday season, but early 2012 is looking to be just as explosive.

[via Joystiq]

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