EA: "Something Far-Reaching Coming From Mass Effect" In 2011

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Developer BioWare has a busy 2011 ahead of them, with a new Dragon Age title, Star Wars: The Old Republic and, according to EA execs "something far-reaching coming from Mass Effect" in early 2011.


Electronic Arts COO John Schappert added that "something far-reaching" from the Mass Effect franchise to the list of upcoming titles due in the fourth quarter of the company's 2011 fiscal year. That means something Mass Effect related arriving between January 1 and March 31 of next calendar year.

Could BioWare have Mass Effect 3 wrapped up by then? The developer's project manager Casey Hudson noted that they "definitely want to make 'Mass Effect 3' a fairly short turnaround." And, well, that would be fairly short.

BioWare could also have much more planned for owners of the recently released Mass Effect 2 or maybe even something for PlayStation 3 owners hungry for some Mass Effect. Whatever Mass Effect "something" EA has penciled in for next year, it won't be the end for the franchise.



I actually wouldn't be surprised if Mass Effect 3 did come out within a year. The original Mass Effect felt like the first Matrix or Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They hint at greater things but work perfectly fine on their own.

Their sequels (whose quality I won't discuss here) worked only okay on their own, but are far more invested in being part of a larger storyline than their predecessors and because of it, the third part of their respective trilogies came out much sooner than most would expect.

Its clear after playing through Mass Effect 2 that it needs its third part. I loved the game, don't get me wrong, but there's just so many hanging threads that are just dying to be picked up in the sequel, like so many decisions with no immediate effect. Even the ending, which may not be a cliffhanger, per say, but it did certainly end with you running towards the precipice.

Like I said, I wouldn't be surprised if this listing was in fact Mass Effect 3, but I also don't expect it to be. We'll just have to wait and see.