Mass Effect 3 delayed to Q1 2012

By Xav de Matos, May 04, 2011 12:00pm PDT

BioWare has made the unfortunate announcement that the third title in the Mass Effect series will arrive later than originally expected. Mass Effect 3 will now launch somewhere within "the first three months of 2012."

Mass Effect 3 was originally scheduled to arrive this holiday season.

Posting on the franchise's official Facebook account, executive producer Casey Hudson said "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."

Though initial reaction to the news warrants a link to everyone's favorite "bad news" Internet meme, the news means that Mass Effect 3 will get a little extra attention to make sure all of the elements bake correctly. Also, it pushes it out of the way of that other baked good-based "Game of the Year" contender.

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