MASS EFFECT 3 Delayed Until 2012

Commander Shepard and friends need a little extra time to get ready to face the Reapers.

Looks like you won’t be getting a Commander Shepard for Christmas this year after all; BioWare has announced they’re delaying Mass Effect 3 until sometime in the first quarter 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,” said Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson.

It’s hard to complain about that; one of the biggest problems with BioWare’s latest outing, Dragon Age II, is that it feels incredibly rushed and unfinished. If a couple of extra months is what it takes to get a good game, it’s worth the wait (and besides, I buy most games used anyway).

Mass Effect 3 brings back the Reapers from the first game; this time they’ve come for Earth. According to GameSpot:

In Mass Effect 3, Players will once again take on the role of Commander Shepard, a hardened space marine who is now on the run from his former employer, the shadowy pro-human organization Cerberus. To save Earth, he must travel the galaxy trying to rally support from alien civilizations with varying degrees of sympathy (or lack thereof).