Why the Mass Effect 3 delay is a GOOD thing

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…

Did anyone save Kaiden? Didn't think so.. poor guy

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.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. helloscientist

    I saved Kaiden once….but then he was a dick to me in ME2 so I regretted that decision. I think all the publishers need to start looking at the summer as a viable release window!

  2. Ash

    I’m sort of glad that a ton of games don’t come out over the summer. It gives me an opportunity to really catch up. You’re right though, Q1 and Q4 are typically really crowded.

  3. helloscientist

    I don’t want a ton of games to come out at any time of the year. Just take some of those Q1 and Q4 releases and move them to Q2 or Q3.

    1. helloscientist

      I also secretly don’t want ME3 to come out because that means it’s the end of the story.

  4. Scott

    EA boss 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.”

    ** Get ready for ME multiplpayer with micro transactions, endless DLC, class based combat, prestige systems and a bayonet at the end of the assault rifle for “execution” style melee online.

    Maybe I’m overreacting, but I am concerned that this game will continue to homogenize with everything else out there.

    1. Madson

      This quote is the exact reason that I am concerned about the delay… I want 3 to be a middle ground between 1 and 2, not a middle ground between 2 and BlOps.

  5. Ash

    I understand your concern guys, but really.. we all know we’ll love whatever they put out.

  6. Dibol

    I know it’s months old. While I was slightly mad with the delay, I will say this thing for sure: It’s better than how KOTOR 2 was handled, no doubt about it.

Comments are closed.