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E3: Mass Effect in November

BioWare RPG finally firms up.

First-party 360 sci-fi opus Mass Effect will be released in November, Microsoft confirmed at its E3 press conference early today.

The game received plenty of attention at the event, held at Santa Monica High School, with new footage showing spectacular facial animations, large-scale space fights and Aliens-style vehicles, all lovingly thrown together by the chaps responsible for Knights of the Old Republic.

No specific date was given, but the game is now certain to hit before Christmas: Microsoft frontman Peter Moore promised that all games shown in Santa Monica tonight will be available in 2007.

Keep an eye on our Mass Effect gamepage for the latest screenshots and movies from E3.

Alternatively head over to the Mass Effect website to indulge yourself in piles of science fiction fact.