We talked about (and argued, but it’s been lost to the archives) Halo 4 on the podcast but have yet to commit anything to digital ink, as it were. This is because Halo 4 felt like it deserved a bit more than a gut reaction to gameplay and graphics. This deserved some inspection into story and polish. 343 did not have it easy here, they were following in the footsteps of a highly vaunted developer in Bungie. This is the company that along with Epic lifted the XBox up into new heights. 343 had to come in and not just keep a series fresh, but make make it their own without pissing off legions of fans. Did they accomplish this task? You’ll have to read on.
By now you’ve heard. The most anticipated title of 2011 won’t be coming out in 2011 at all, but… that’s sort of good thing. Q4 2011 is incredibly crowded. How crowded you ask? Battlefield 3, Gears 3, Batman:Arkham City, the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and Star Wars: The Old Republic just to name a few. With the addition Mass Effect 2 on the PS3, and the fact that Bioware GAVE AWAY copies of Mass Effect 2 on the PC, EA/Bioware has a potential mega-hit on their hands. Some analysts are saying ME3 will probably sell more copies than ME1 and ME2 combined! To release ME3 during an overcrowded Q4 2011 would be a major blunder. Game companies can always use that time to further polish their title and make it even better. EA did the right thing by waiting till Q1 2012. Wise choice guys, we can wait… I think…
Here is the skinny Bioware.
Today we have confirmed that 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.” said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer Mass Effect series.
We’ll have more details about specific dates as we get closer to release.