Mass Effect 3, no Christmas for thee

Mass Effect 3 won't be under the tree this year.Games developer BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 3, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2010′s Game of the Year will not be in Santa’s bag of tricks this year.

The sad news was confirmed by BioWare’s Chris Priestly over on the company’s social network forum.

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.

Mass Effect 3 was originally slated for an Xmas release, but now fans will have to wait until some time in the first quarter of next year. There is no concrete release date confirmed as of yet.

In other news BioWare’s massively multiplayer RPG Star Wars: The Old Republic might also be hit with a delay; previously expected out by September the game now has EA representatives casting doubt on the RPG seeing the light of day in 2011:

“While we fully anticipate launching Star Wars: The Old Republic in Q2 or Q3, the low end of our guidance range assumes the outside possibility of a January launch,” said Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label.

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