Mass Effect 3 delayed to Q1 2012

Interesting news for Mass Effect fans today. BioWare says that Mass Effect 3 will need to wait a little longer to be ready for release. While it was a much anticipated release for fourth-quarter, they have now announced that it will be bumped up to the first three months of 2012 for the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. So no ME3 for Christmas guys, sorry.

Could this delay have anything to do with the push of SWTOR MMO and the attempts and expectations to get it out before the end of 2011?

It’s quite possible as it’s apparent that BioWare is putting most of their eggs in the Star Wars basket. However, another thing to remember is that pushing up the release date on Mass Effect 3 will put it right in the same timeline as the release of Mass Effect 2 in January 2010, bringing the 3rd installment out just two year after the 2nd.

The news came from BioWare themselves via Facebook:

“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

Most fans actually seem to be ok with the news, asking them to take their time and not screw it up. Hey, we’re with you all on that one!