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BioWare has celebrated a decade of Mass Effect by releasing a new video featuring developers involved in the much-loved, now much-missed space franchise.
EA executive Patrick Soderlund sees no reason why Mass Effect shouldn't be revisited in the future, but said if it was, it would have to be in a fresh, exciting and relevant way.
Editor's note: Jordan Erica Webber is co-author with Eurogamer contributor Daniel Griliopoulos of the weighty tome Ten Things Video Games Can Teach Us: (about life, philosophy and everything), out this month. We've asked her to write a few thoughts on video games as works of philosophy. Beware: there are spoilers for Soma, the Mass Effect and Fallout series ahead.
One of BioWare's lead designers, Corey Gaspur, has passed away.
BioWare's general manager Aaryn Flynn is leaving the acclaimed RPG studio after 17 years with the company.
His departure comes roughly four months after the launch of Mass Effect Andromeda, a game that debuted to lackluster sales and disappointing critical reception. Our Edwin Evans-Thirlwell called it "probably BioWare's worst RPG yet" in his review, and the tepid reaction to the game has put the sci-fi series "on ice".
Interestingly, Flynn's role will be replaced by the Mass Effect series' project director Casey Hudson, who left the company back in 2014 and accepted a position as project director at Microsoft Studios the following year, where he was to work on HoloLens projects.
Whether you're traversing an expansive open world, climbing crumbling ruins or sneaking between shadowy city corners, the landscapes and environments we see in games have never been better. Gone are the days of miracle-growing trees popping up at certain draw distances. Instead, we have places and environments deliberately and carefully designed, and landscapes so realistic we can relate to them, be astonished by them, even yearn for them. Naturally, ever-improving graphical capabilities have a lot to do with this, because as environments get more realistic, we increasingly experience them as 'real', but there can be, and often is, so much more to it than just the technical ability to crank up the aesthetics.
Ask a Mass Effect fan to pick their favourite mission from the trilogy and you'll probably hear a range of responses. There's the Virmire level in Mass Effect 1, for example, where BioWare unexpectedly forced players to choose between two squadmates' lives. Then there's the superlative Suicide Mission finale of Mass Effect 2, perhaps the most intricately-plotted episode of the whole series. There are whole flowcharts to explain that one.
On the eve of Mass Effect Andromeda's EA/Origin Access trial and just a week out from the game's launch, we decided it was time to refresh our memories of gaming's greatest sci-fi trilogy.
UPDATE 5.05pm Microsoft has just made the announcement official:
EA appears to have decided against releasing a Mass Effect trilogy remaster.
That's according to EA exec Peter Moore, who has poured cold water on the prospect in a new interview.
"Could we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes," he told IGN (around the 1hr 16 mark). Have a thousand people asked me that? Yes they have. Do we have... No."
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The Mass Effect series will be getting four new spin-off novels bridging the gap between the trilogy we all know and love and the highly anticipated fourth entry, Mass Effect: Andromeda, due in Q1 2017.
Origin Access - the PC service granting players loads of EA games, discounts, and early access to upcoming title for £3.99 a month - has added the Mass Effect Trilogy to its Vault.
UPDATE 11.16pm 4th April 2016: As predicted, the ad in question has now been removed from Donald Trump's Twitter account due to a copyright strike.
UPDATE: Microsoft's tech people confirmed to Eurogamer at E3 that Xbox 360 save files will transfer to Xbox One via the cloud. Old games you don't own will also be available to buy further down the line.
The small list of Xbox 360 games compatible with Xbox One in the Preview programme was shared.
Banjo Kazooie: N n B
Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare has turned 20 today, but it doesn't look a day older than 19.
Sex. Sexy sex. The place of it in games is something of a hot button issue in the industry right now, but more often than not when we do decide to discuss digital coupling, we keep returning to the very worst examples of it. Personally I'd love to see a bit more of the old rough n' tumble in games as a whole, but is it too much to ask that, if we're going to Do It, we at least do it right?
I'd love to visit BioWare headquarters in Edmonton, Canada, and now I sort of can. And I don't even have to leave my desk.
BioWare Edmonton and Montreal boss Aaryn Flynn has discussed the possibility of a re-mastered Mass Effect Trilogy, and polled fans on what features they would want included.
BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson has left the renowned studio after 16 years.
Sci-fi fans have spotted a familiar face in the BBC's new Doctor Who - an alien who looks a lot like Mass Effect squad member Garrus.
You'll be able to hear live performances of music from the BioShock, Halo, Castlevania and Final Fantasy series in London this year at the RePlay: Symphony of Heroes concert.
The May Madness PlayStation Store sale has begin. There's nothing to get excited about on PlayStation 4 but on PlayStation 3 there's plenty.
BioWare has discussed internally the idea of remastering the Mass Effect series for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
A fan asked BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn on Twitter what he thought about a next-gen, 1080p, high-resolution texture, 60 frames-per-second version for PS4 and Xbox One.
Flynn's response: "We have discussed that internally. If we can put solid plans together we'll share."
Remember all that hullabaloo about revealing lesbian sex in Mass Effect? However ludicrous the criticism, it's the sort of steamy content BioWare fans have come expect - love stories, love scenes, and often quite daring and progressive ones (for video games, at least).
UPDATE: BioWare developers have responded in good humour to the news that a limited edition Mass Effect 3 print was used as an episode backdrop in Marvel TV series Agents of Shield.
A talented papercraft artist has constructed life-size models of Mass Effect characters EDI and Jack.
BioWare has released the first images from its next Mass Effect game, which is currently in development at BioWare Montreal.
Mass Effect developer BioWare has suggested that the next entry in its sci-fi RPG franchise will not relate to any events in the existing Commander Shepard-lead story.
EA has made Matthew Bromberg the new boss of BioWare, VentureBeat reports.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition's first mash-up pack is themed around the Mass Effect series and will launch tomorrow.
Jennifer Hepler, the BioWare writer harassed by fans for her work on Dragon Age 2 - and for comments made years earlier about wishing to skip combat sections in games - this week left the famed RPG studio to work on a book and pursue some freelance work.
Veteran BioWare designer Matt Rhodes has posted an array of Mass Effect concept art from throughout the sci-fi trilogy which hints at early ideas for the series' characters and conclusion.
Drew Karpyshyn, ex-BioWare developer and lead writer of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, has revealed in detail how his original idea for the trilogy's ending could have played out.
Mass Effect 3's companion app Datapad has been removed from the iOS App Store, publisher EA has announced.
Former BioWare boss Dr. Greg Zeschuk thinks the next-generation consoles are unlikely to cure what he describes as a "sick market for old-school gaming".
Mass Effect's fan-favourite mysterious alien mechanic Tali was nearly not an attainable squadmate in Mass Effect 3, the developer revealed earlier today at a PAX East panel attended by Eurogamer.
A Mass Effect 3 writer has spoken about the difficulties faced within the games industry when creating "engaging" female characters.
It's been a year since Mass Effect 3's release, and BioWare is finally ready to let go of its baby. Citadel is not just the last expansion for the game but a send-off for the entire trilogy, filled with lore, old faces, in-jokes and cameos. It's a witty and touching goodbye to the series' characters and a love letter to the game's hardcore fans.
For starters, there's Citadel's story campaign, a lengthy tale which sees Shepard targeted by the unlikeliest of foes. The story alone lasts several hours, with missions spread over a number of environments on the Citadel itself and a chance to see your entire squad on-screen fighting together.
Citadel is firmly centred on celebrating the bonds that Shepard shares with his crew-mates. This fan-pleasing angle is reflected from the offset, when Shepard's mentor, Anderson, grants the Commander his apartment after an enforced period of shore leave. The stylish city pad acts as a hub for the story, with all of your crew present to chat with between missions. It also comes stuffed with audio logs from an unfinished interview with Anderson and is the first of many environments chock-full of character moments and backstory.
UPDATE: The 2013 BAFTA winners are in and they're a doozy. Dishonored took top honours, winning best game overall, which is odd as it didn't win in any other awards. Conversely, Journey received a whopping five awards in various other categories.
BioWare has unveiled a new trailer for Mass Effect 3: Citadel, the game's final expansion.
Due tomorrow on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (or Wednesday for EU PS3 players), the game will see Shepard undertake one final mission on the Citadel while on shore leave, before partying with old friends.
A huge cast of returning characters from Mass Effect 1 and 2 will appear, there's a new hub area to explore and a set of mini-games to play with.
The Achievements/Trophy list for Mass Effect 3: Citadel, the game's final add-on, has appeared online.
Arty shots of ultra-high-specced PC build.
Temper your expectations about the generational leap in graphics between this generation of console gaming and the next, urged BioWare art director Neil Thompson.
BioWare's sci-fi epic Mass Effect 3 will be free to download for PlayStation Plus subscribers next month, which marks the one year anniversary of its release.
BioWare has announced Mass Effect 3: Citadel, the final single-player expansion for the game, and the final multiplayer expansion, Reckoning.
Citadel will be released on 5th March for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, priced $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points.
Reckoning comes a week sooner - 26th February. Like all other multiplayer expansions, it will be free. European PlayStation versions will likely launch a day later. There's no mention of a Wii U version for either.
Geth in there.
Someone actually let me interview Dara O'Briain ahead of his annual British Academy Games Awards hosting duties on 5th March. So I thought I'd film it and do something silly.
Mass Effect maker BioWare has announced a version of strategy board game Risk themed around its space opera series of video games.
Risk's Mass Effect: Galaxy at War Edition will be available this autumn, BioWare revealed via its Facebook page.
"Oh yes, it's real, and it's coming this Fall!" the developer teased.
The talented and mostly professional artists that frequent CGHubs have created their own Dragon Age and Mass Effect characters (via Kotaku).
Look at them, EA!
Two of the most influential role-playing game makers in the West - Obsidian boss Feargus Urquhart and former BioWare boss Ray Muzyka - have talked about what they think will be the RPG experience of the future.
BioWare does not want you to refer to the next Mass Effect game as Mass Effect 4. Doing so would imply it was a sequel to Commander Shepard's story.
Robin Sachs - voice of Zaeed Massani in Mass Effect but better known as Ethan Rayne in Buffy - has died aged 61.
Files relating to an upcoming Mass Effect 3 DLC have been unearthed in a new patch for the game.
The title update, detailed by BioWare mere hours ago as a simple bug-fix update, has already been data-mined for clues as to the game's upcoming expansions.
Data for a major new multiplayer gameplay mode was uncovered, to be fully implemented in a forthcoming DLC. The mode will use save data from choices made throughout your single-player campaign, including paragon/renegade values, reputation points and overall progress.
"You just get tired of it after a while." He probably couldn't have put it better. He being Greg Zeschuk, one of the founders of BioWare, and one half of its famous and now retired doctor duo leadership.
Mass Effect 3 producer Casey Hudson and producer Michael Gamble have each tweeted pics of what could be the last DLC we'll get of the 10 month old game.
Dead Space 3 players with a Mass Effect 3 save on their console will be able to unlock a modified version of Commander Shepard's armour, publisher EA has announced.
BioWare adventures are known for their romances. It's one of the first thing players talk about with their friends; "Who did you go for?"
David Gaider has worked at BioWare for 14 years. He first helped make Baldur's Gate 2 and now he's lead writer of the Dragon Age series of games. He's a part of the old BioWare and the new.
UPDATE #2: EA has this evening informed Eurogamer that GamerSyndrome's information did not come from EA or BioWare at all. We separately contacted GamerSyndrome who told us that the information came from an "unreliable source" and that the site was investigating the matter.
BioWare has dropped hints about the next Mass Effect 3 DLC, which will follow last week's disappointing Omega add-on.
You can buy officially sanctioned Mass Effect and Mirror's Edge fine art.
Battlefield 3 expansion Aftermath is available today for European PlayStation 3 owners. The download costs £11.99 or is free for those with Battlefield 3 Premium.
BioWare is trying something different with Mass Effect 3: Omega. After Leviathan, a story-fuelled race around the galaxy that wrapped revelatory new lore around dazzling locations and likeable characters, Mass Effect fans get the opposite. Omega is a dark, hard-fought slog through the belly of the dingy Mass Effect 2 space station. It rambles, it gets lost, and it ultimately feels weightless.
Omega's story centres on angry asari Aria T'loak. She's on a mission to reclaim rule following a Cerberus coup (for full details, read the comics). Whether you'll be interested really depends on whether you like the character - this add-on is an entirely separate four-hour diversion from Mass Effect 3's main arc. At no point does anyone else you've met throughout the game's 40-plus hours matter a jot. This is a side-story, a complete digression. There's nothing wrong with that, of course - except that when it's over, everything feels exactly the same.
This may be why BioWare ultimately decided not to include a planned Omega mission in the main game. A different version of T'loak's quest to regain control exists in an early version of the game's script, despite BioWare's protestations that work on this downloadable content was not started until Mass Effect 3 shipped. Omega is perfect DLC fodder, on the surface similar to Mass Effect 2's Lair of the Shadow Broker. Both campaigns are hinted at within the main game and both feature a well-known character on a personal mission. Yet where Shadow Broker offered up new locations, plot progression and a nifty new base to hang around in, Omega offers none of the above.
Over the last six years, developers have sought to find balance in their cross-platform development, weighing up the pluses and minuses of the PS3 and Xbox 360 and looking to strike a good balance between the two. Microsoft concentrates on a stronger graphics core while Sony has put its efforts into an advanced CPU, but on a general level most games these days work out pretty well overall on both machines. With Wii U, the balance in processing power shifts again: Nintendo has beefed up the graphics core beyond current-gen standards, but all the evidence points to a weaker CPU.
Bearing in mind the decisions the platform holder has made with the design of the Wii U, can the hardware handle Unreal Engine 3 - a middleware designed with the older HD console trade-offs very much in mind? There've been a number of alarming screenshots and video of the Wii U version of UE3 Batman: Arkham City, showing clear and obvious graphical drawbacks on the new Nintendo system - most notably low resolution shadowmaps. Numerous theories are circulating on why this may be an issue but the most plausible explanation involves the way Wii U memory is set-up. There's an enviable 1GB of RAM available for games applications (up from the 512MB found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), but it's significantly slower than the throughput of the GDDR3 found in the Microsoft console.
To mitigate the issue, the Wii U has 32MB of ultra-fast onboard eDRAM integrated into the AMD graphics core and the new hardware almost certainly renders out directly from that. We're not yet clear on how texture fetching works on the new console but conceivably the challenge becomes a matter of importing assets from the main RAM into the GPU eDRAM in an orderly fashion and keeping them contained in that space before exporting the whole framebuffer to the video output. Shadowmaps take up a lot of space which may explain why they have apparently been downscaled on Arkham City. This ties in with why we've yet to see any Wii U title with multi-sampling anti-aliasing - each pass would take up valuable eDRAM [Update: We spoke too soon here as Black Ops 2 appears to feature it]. So where does all of this leave Mass Effect 3 - one of the most visually complex of Unreal Engine 3 titles?
Gamma issues aside, the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 compares very closely indeed with the existing console versions.
Like-for-like video clips compared on the oldest HD console - and the newest.
Like-for-like video across the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions of Mass Effect 3 compared.
BioWare has asked fans whether Mass Effect 4 should be a sequel to the existing trilogy or take place before, Phantom Menace-style.
Mass Effect overlord Casey Hudson canvassed fans via his Twitter account last night.
"Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?", he wrote.
The Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 will not receive upcoming add-on Omega, publisher EA has announced.
Mass Effect 4 will run on DICE's Frostbite engine, the latest version of which was used in Battlefield 3.
BioWare has called for fan feedback as it begins work on the next Mass Effect game.
In Omega, the new downloadable add-on for BioWare's science fiction role-playing shooter Mass Effect 3, two never before playable characters steal the show.
Some relatively good news about Windows 8 at last: Microsoft won't prohibit PEGI 18-rated games like Skyrim, Dishonored and Mass Effect from sale on the Windows 8 Store.
Mass Effect 3 developer BioWare has released nine minutes of footage from the game's upcoming anime prequel, Paragon Lost.
Legendary Entertainment is moving ahead with its silver screen adaptation of the Mass Effect series by hiring new screenwriter Morgan Davis Foehl, Variety has reported.
Mass Effect 3's Omega DLC will be the most expansive and expensive add-on yet, maker BioWare has announced.
Duncan Harris takes clean, artistic screenshots of games at their highest resolution and best possible settings. The results are stunning.
A huge new Mass Effect 3 multiplayer expansion will see the return of the Collectors - the enemy race Shepard fought in Mass Effect 2.
Mass Effect 3: Retaliation will be available to download for free from 9th October (likely meaning a 10th October release date here on PlayStation 3).
It is the biggest multiplayer DLC pack yet, with six new maps (triple the usual quota) and 16 new characters, including the Krogan Shaman Adept, Asari Huntress Infiltrator, Turian Havoc Soldier and Batarian Brawler Vanguard.
BioWare's Mass Effect Trilogy bundle will include a limited selection of DLC.
BioWare has announced the Mass Effect Trilogy Edition, a compilation of all three Mass Effect games in one big box.
That means that PlayStation 3 gamers can finally play the original Mass Effect (published, back in the day, by Microsoft), just five years after it originally hit Xbox 360.
Mass Effect Trilogy Edition will launch in North America on "N7 Day" - that's 7th November if you're not BioWare, likely meaning a Friday 9th November in the UK.
Console transitions can be awkward affairs at the very best of times. They're even weirder when the platform release dates don't overlap very cleanly - and when one of the machines comes with an inventive set of features.
With the door closed on founding fathers Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, whose departure BioWare announced last night, the company has moved quickly to confirm a number of future projects in production.
The most exciting being what sounded like a new IP for next-generation machines.
"Casey [Hudson, Mass Effect series boss] and his leads are putting together their vision for an all-new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology," wrote Aaryn Flynn, general manager of BioWare Edmonton and Montreal.
Mass Effect 3: Special Edition for Wii U will include the From Ashes add-on, which launched as a paid day-one DLC pack on other platforms.
Mass Effect 3 Wii U developer Straight Right has an unenviable task. The Australian studio is BioWare's go-to team for relaunching the critically-acclaimed Mass Effect 3 on new hardware, with all-new controls and all for an as-yet untested market.
How powerful is the Wii U really? Is it less powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360? Is it as powerful? More powerful? And how will it compare to the next generation? What quality of graphics will we see from Wii U games?
Imagine you've just watched Return of the Jedi. You've seen the end of a good film, the finale of a great trilogy and, whatever you may think of its denouement, it is over.
Now imagine George Lucas popping up in your living room five months later brandishing a VCR. He's got a deleted scene you simply must see. Mass Effect 3: Leviathan feels a bit like that deleted scene.
But, all credit to BioWare, Leviathan offers a generous amount of content to coax you back. At the centre of it all is the mystery surrounding the Reapers' origins and the tease of something that was once even more powerful. In the Mass Effect universe, these are true revelations - revelations that BioWare chose to omit from the main game. Like the day-one DLC From Ashes (and, arguably, the Extended Cut), these story threads are so tightly woven into the narrative that it's almost frustrating they were ever separated at all.
The Wii U port of Mass Effect 3 is being developed by the studio behind Need for Speed: Shift 2 on iOS, it has been announced.
I hate DLC. I hate online passes. I hate EA.
GAME Oxford Street, home of countless UK midnight launches, is closing down.
EA COO Peter Moore has given BioWare a vote of confidence after perhaps the most tumultuous year in the developer's history.
Drew Karpyshyn not only resembles Commander Shepard facially - he created him. Drew Karpyshyn was one of BioWare's greatest ever writers. He was lead writer of cherished Star Wars role-playing game Knights of the Old Republic, and he was lead writer of Mass Effect 1, 2, and all the books in-between (not Deception). Along the way, Karpyshyn also influenced Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal, Neverwinter Nights, Jade Empire and massive storied MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic - a job that meant he couldn't be a part of Mass Effect 3.
Rumours of a buy-out have boosted EA share prices today, as unbelievable as that sounds. Or is it?
BioWare announced that its upcoming Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC is due on 28th August for Xbox 360, PC and PS3 in North America. The PS3 version will be available in Europe the following day.
BioWare has discussed its business strategy for providing extra (paid) content to players after a game has been released.
More than five months after Mass Effect 3 was released, only 42 per cent of players have completed the game.
Mass Effect 3 script information hidden within the game's Extended Cut DLC suggests further ending dialogue changes for players who download the upcoming Leviathan add-on.
BioWare has revealed how the touch-screen GamePad controller will work in the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3.
The next piece of single-player Mass Effect DLC was revealed earlier today during EA's Summer Showcase event.
2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has gone and said something controversial. He's declared that only when games approach photorealistic graphics will they be able to broaden their genre-horizon and properly do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain - rather than the Mission Impossible experiences we get today.
Crysis 2 Maximum Edition and NASCAR 2011 have all arrived on the PlayStation Store courtesy of today's update.
BioWare has revealed the first trailer for Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, an anime prequel to Mass Effect 3.
The film will detail the earlier career of N7-wannabe James Vega, the beefcake soldier who hung around your cargo bay and you never took out on missions.
Paragon Lost is being created by prolific anime studio Production I.G, the talent behind the Ghost in the Shell series and hundreds of other video game and movie projects, including most of the Tales series.
The contents of Mass Effect 3's Earth multiplayer add-on have been leaked online.
Mass Effect 3's rumoured Leviathan DLC has been confirmed by voice actor Anthony Skordi.
The actor confirmed to Eurogamer he would play the Reaper named Leviathan in the unannounced add-on.
The news ties in with previously-leaked script details spotted within the code of the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut.
Mass Effect 3 multiplayer expansion pack Earth has been confirmed for release next week on Xbox Live.
Earth, the game's third multiplayer DLC, will be available to download for free on 17th July. PC and PlayStation 3 dates have yet to be announced.
The news comes from Microsoft community man Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. Developer BioWare has yet to formally announce the content.
Mouldy-looking survival horror Dead Island is now available to download from the EU PlayStation Store in a Game of the Year Edition.
They're the same endings. A little better. More or less.
BioWare has hidden data for a new Mass Effect 3 DLC pack within the files of the game's new 1.85GB Extended Cut.
The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC adds a fourth ending to the game.
Natural speech recognition is the next big challenge for Kinect, a Rare developer has said.
Update: The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC is now available to download for Xbox 360 from the Xbox.com Marketplace.
Mass Effect 3's Extended Cut DLC launches for PC and Xbox 360 on 26th June and on 4th July for PlayStation 3, publisher EA has announced.
The free add-on will "expand upon the events at the end of" BioWare's RPG sequel, "through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes."
"To experience the Extended Cut, load a save game from before the attack on the Cerberus Base and play through to the end of the game," explained a brief FAQ on the game's official site.
Did EA mislead people about how much their choices would affect the ending of Mass Effect 3?
Product descriptions for Mass Effect's Extended Cut DLC and another, under-wraps multiplayer expansion, have leaked online.
BioWare has addressed the importance of gamer feedback in the wake of the Mass Effect 3 ending furore and the company's recent request for fan suggestions on the future of its Dragon Age series.
Digital sales platform Steam has a reputation for its 75 per cent sales - and many gamers love them. But for rival Origin and its maker EA, that's not the right approach.
Origin boss David DeMartini told Gamesindustry International that random deep-discounting of games "cheapens" IP, and promised not to copy the practice.
"We won't be doing that," he said, bluntly. "Obviously they think it's the right thing to do after a certain amount of time. I just think it cheapens your intellectual property.
Mass Effect 3 has been confirmed for Nintendo's yet-to-be-released Wii U console, and it heads up an impressive third-party line-up.
Mass Effect 3 will receive a huge list of fixes in the upcoming 1.03 Patch, due today on PC. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers get the download on Thursday 31st May.
The list includes a multitude of multiplayer changes, most notably a system that kicks players who have become inactive for more than two minutes.
BioWare's "Anti-AFK system" is designed to penalise players who are deliberately not taking part in the match. Removed players are booted back to the game's menu with zero experience and zero credits.
A new Mass Effect 3 DLC pack, titled Rebellion, is available to download free of charge next week, BioWare has announced.
The pack, which includes a batch of new multiplayer content, is available from 29th May on PC and Xbox 360, and 30th May on PlayStation 3.
First and foremost, there are two new maps. Firebase Jade overlooks a jungle reservoir surrounded by huge waterfalls, while Firebase Goddess is a circular stage set in the middle a Thessian metropolis.
The next slice of Mass Effect 3 DLC will be named Rebellion, Sony's Hong Kong website has revealed.
Rebellion will be the second expansion for the game's multiplayer modes, following last month's Resurgance Pack.
Sony's now-removed listing for the DLC (spotted by Kotaku) detailed its contents: two new maps, three new weapons and six fresh character classes.
PlayStation 3 owners of Mass Effect 3 will today be given reward packs from previous multiplayer weekend events.
Lesbian jelly wrestling cut-scenes aren't what BioWare was going for with gay romances in Mass Effect 3.
Origin is now the number two direct to consumer game service, EA has claimed.
"Once the boxes had gone, he [the administrator] did a walk around the store. He was asking us what we planned on doing next. If I'm honest, I was a bit short with him. He was saying, 'What are you going to do now - have you got any plans?' And I was like, 'I've just lost my job. I've been doing this job for two-thirds of my working life, if not more than that, working in a game shop. And suddenly I haven't got that option. So no, I don't know what I'm going to do now. First things first, I'm going to make sure I get the money that I'm owed. But I don't know, I don't know what I'm going to do.'
PlayStation 3 owners of Mass Effect 3 are now able to take part in the game's multiplayer events.
EA is turning all of its brands into what it calls "online universes".
GAME and Gamestation are now selling EA games Mass Effect 3 and FIFA Street in stores and online.
Origin ban policy has been revised by EA to allow suspended accounts to "Go Offline" and play games single-player.
Top tips for the new multiplayer map pack.
The results for March video game sales in the US are in: Mass Effect 3 won! And by quite a distance.
BioWare's trilogy-ending space RPG sold double what Mass Effect 2 managed during its opening month of January 2010, number-cruncher NPD revealed.
Remember, however, that Mass Effect 2 launched on two machines, PC and Xbox 360, and Mass Effect 3 launched on three: PC, PS3, Xbox 360.
BioWare has blamed Sony for the lack of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer promotions on PlayStation 3. PC and Xbox 360 gamers get another event, Operation Resurgence, this weekend.
Mass Effect 3's latest title update can cause the game to crash upon loading, rendering the title unplayable for those affected.
The issue appears to be centred around the Xbox 360 version of the game, although some PlayStation 3 users report similar problems.
Some players who have installed the 4MB download are then been unable to load Mass Effect 3's main menu. The game will often enter an endless load cycle while attempting to contact EA's servers or simply crash the console completely.
The widely pilloried ending to Mass Effect 3 may constitute false advertising on the part of developer BioWare, according to US trading standards group the Better Business Bureau.
Mass Effect 3's Extended Cut will expand the game's endings with "a sense of personalisation" specific to your playthrough.
Mass Effect 3's free multiplayer DLC pack Resurgance will be released on the EU PlayStation Store today.
A petition launched earlier this week by LGBT campaign outfit AllOut offering support to publisher EA over its decision to stand firm after religious groups called for gay-friendly content be removed from its games has been hijacked by bots.
Outside of a few evergreen titles like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, F1 and Mario Kart, the racing game genre has been in a state of chaos and decline for a few years now, with great games like Blur and Split/Second pitching up to fanfare from genre fans and then disappearing into bargain bins a few days later. We love them, but the audience just doesn't seem to be out there.
The Mass Effect 3 patch launches today for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, BioWare has announced.
It launched on PC yesterday.
It fixes the bug that prevented players from importing character faces generated in Mass Effect 1 through Mass Effect 2 and into Mass Effect 3.
Actor and author Stephen Fry and journalist Charlie Brooker are among those to speak up in support of EA over a letter writing campaign directed at the publisher from anti-gay protestors.
Mass Effect 3's multiplayer modes get beefed up next week with the release of the Resurgence DLC, EA has announced.
EA has publicly responded to a letter-writing campaign directed at the publisher by anti-gay groups complaining about the inclusion of same-sex relationship options in games like Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
UPDATE: GAME and Gamestation stores are now accepting hardware trade-ins and pre-orders.
UPDATE: BioWare has published its Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut FAQ, and in it confirmed that no new endings will be added to the game.
"BioWare strongly believes in the team's artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise," the studio said. "The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned."
What it will do is expand on the ending "by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences". "The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3," BioWare explained.
PopCap co-founder John Vechey has defended EA after it won the dubious honour of being crowned worst company in America.
Mass Effect 3's Jennifer Hale, voice of the female Commander Shepard, has revealed she is yet to be contacted by BioWare regarding any upcoming changes to Mass Effect 3's controversial ending.
Administrator PwC has confirmed OpCapita's purchase of GAME UK.
Baker Acquisitions Limited, an entity advised by private investment company OpCapita, has picked up GAME's UK assets, including all 333 UK GAME and Gamestation stores that remained open during administration.
The acquisition brings the UK business out of administration, which it has been in since last Monday. Baker said today it will provide GAME with "the capital it needs to trade on a normalised basis", and that the jobs of nearly 3200 GAME employees have been saved.
Comet owner OpCapita has reportedly bought GAME.
Update: Comet parent company OpCapita has bid again for GAME, according to a new report by The Independent.
Staff at GAME stores in Ireland have launched a sit-in protest over redundancy pay.
Game Monaghan staff member Ben Lamb O'Sullivan posted images of the team on his Facebook page - reproduced below - that show the closed store from the outside and the inside.
Staff are protesting over the lack of notice given for the redundancies. They believe they are entitled to 30 days notice of redundancy, which they have not received.
Administrators at PwC have blamed GAME Group's collapse on its "ambitious" overseas expansion and the "unfortunate" close proximity of its stores.
GAME Group's administrators have today shut 277 stores and revealed plans to let go 2104 staff by the end of the week.
GAME has suspended the use of Reward Cards and gift cards and cancelled refunds and exchanges.
It's changed the way it operates as a number of GAME and Gamestation stores across the UK were closed today.
Reward points can be earned in the stores that remain open, but not redeemed "until further notice", the shop said.
GAME.co.uk has been taken offline as the specialist shop's administrators shut stores on the high street.
GAME Group administrator PriceWaterhouseCooper believes a sale of the specialist retailer is achievable.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is "leading a plan" to buy a stake in GAME, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The next Mass Effect 3 patch will fix the game's face import problem, BioWare has announced.
The problem prevents users from importing character faces from Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 into the game. It means Mass Effect 3 is incompatible with faces built on the Mass Effect 1 editor.
Chris Priestly, BioWare's community coordinator, said the problem was to do with an error with how codes were detected when transferred from Mass Effect 1 into Mass Effect 2 and then on into Mass Effect 3 or importing a Mass Effect 2 saved game with New Game +.
"Keep walking, asshole, before I shove this nightstick where the sun don't shine."
Rude, abrasive, unnecessary. It's all of these things, but I'd let it go, just because it's a hell of a lot of hassle to do anything about it.
But I do a double take. This is a policeman. A PoliceMAN. I'm Johnny Motherf***ing Klebitz. I'm part of The Lost and the Damned, whose entire purpose is to F*** the MAN. I'm not going to let this slide.
Spoiler note: Mass Effect 3's story is divided into three acts and doles out major moral choices at the conclusion of each. This article discusses these choices in detail, although is written so it can be read in sections. The article's first section discusses the choices made up to and including the mission on the krogan homeworld of Tuchanka. The article's second section details those found at the end of the second act, concerning the quarian-geth war. The final section discusses the game's ending.
The Retake Mass Effect 3 campaign has brought to a close its protest against the ending of Mass Effect 3, declaring it a resounding success.
As GAME fights for its future, new sales data released today highlights the shift in how we buy games in the UK.
Mass Effect 3 publisher EA hopes and believes GAME will rise from the ashes of administration.
The PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect 3 debuted at number 20 on the weekly Japanese sales chart, shifting just over 8000 copies.
That might not seem like much, but it's well up on the 5885 that Mass Effect 2 managed in its debut week last year.
DS franchise spin-off Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition took the top spot with 172,027 copies sold, followed by Sega's PSP strategy RPG Shining Blade with 122,257.
BioWare appears to have capitulated - the team are working on "content initiatives" to answer the questions left by the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending.
BioWare has posted a list of changes made yesterday to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer.
The alterations look to be server side, and tend to only insignificantly tweak damage/shield/health. But there are some meatier changes to class abilities.
The first Mass Effect 3 update was 6th March, then on 13th March, then on 20th March.
Mass Effect 3, the biggest game of 2012 so far, can be played on Eurogamer right now.
GAME has confirmed its intention to enter administration.
In a statement, the specialist retailer said its efforts to save the company had so far failed.
"Further to this morning's announcement of the suspension of trading in shares of GAME Group plc, the board has concluded that its discussions with all stakeholders and other parties have not made sufficient progress in the time available to offer a realistic prospect for a solvent solution for the business," the company said. "The board has therefore today filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator."
Her name is Commander Shepard, though her friends call her anything from Jane to Shiva to Lydia. She's one of the most popular heroines in gaming history; a three-time galaxy saviour who takes no crap and wouldn't be caught dead in a chainmail bikini. To most, she's a long-haired redhead, but she's been seen trying other colours and styles. To some, she's a diplomat, to others, a ruthless, trigger-happy bitch.
UPDATE: The new Mass Effect 3 Final Fantasy 13-2 costumes will launch 27th March 27, priced 240 Microsoft Points, according to Andriasang.
GAME has suspended the trading of its shares on the London Stock Exchange.
Those calling on BioWare to change the ending to Mass Effect 3 would only end up disappointed if they somehow got their own way, so says BioShock creator Ken Levine.
BioWare has revealed reams of player data relating to Mass Effect 3's enjoyable online multiplayer mode.
Did you know that less than one per cent of all matches completed succesfully were on the game's hardest difficulty, Gold?
A third of all matches fail altogether, with no one left alive to be extracted at the end of your mission.
Jumpers for goalposts footy game FIFA Street has kicked Mass Effect 3 off the top spot in the UK's all-format chart. It scored the best launch week for any FIFA Street game to date.
Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson has responded to players upset about the game's ending, admitting fans needed more closure and answers.
GAME has begun sending out letters to its customers notifying them of impending store closures.
Dara O Briain is the fast talking Irish comedian known to us for his passion for video games, a hobby he sends up frequently during his renowned stand-up routines. O Briain also hosts satirical telly show Mock the Week, and this evening he'll host the GAME British Academy Video Game Awards (BAFTA) - a post he's filled every year since 2009.
BioWare has promised to discuss the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending when more have finished the game.
BioWare was at one point planning a standalone competitive FPS called Mass Effect: Team Assault, the developer has revealed.
The news, as reported by Kotaku, comes from The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 iPad app which has just gone live on the App Store.
"The goal was simple," explained presenter Geoff Keighley, "to create a standalone multiplayer experience in the Mass Effect universe that would mix the play styles of Unreal Tournament and Battlefield 1943 - and likely be released as a downloadable game."
No one told me they videoed it! No one! The podcast, videoed?! How was I to know? Not that I mind of course. You may remember my starring role in Sacred 2: The Video Game (there wasn't a film, I'm trying to elevate its prestige). But you couldn't sleep with me in Sacred 2. It wasn't Mass Effect 3.
UPDATE: OpCapita has reportedly made a firm offer for the retailer.
Bertie, Tom Phillips and Tom Champion talk Mass Effect 3 and try to avoid spoiling anything.
Mass Effect 3 developer BioWare has responded for the first time to fans furious at the game's ending.
EA's free Mass Effect 3: Datapad app is now available to download on iPhone and iPad.
Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode will be expanded via an upcoming DLC pack, a leaked image suggests.
A former Mass Effect designer has pleaded for gamers to judge downloadable content for what it is - not when it is released.
GAME Group's perilous situation won't stop EA selling every copy of Mass Effect 3 made, publisher boss John Riccitiello has declared.
"I'm really confident that the consumer that wants to buy Mass Effect or Madden or FIFA or whatever, if a particular retailer is gone, other retailers will absorb the business," said Riccitiello at an investment conference last week (reported by MCV).
"In the fullness of time, I am extremely confident that, whether it's UK or France, or United States et cetera, the retail marketplace will absorb that business.
The character included in Mass Effect 3's controversial day-one DLC pack From Ashes can be unlocked simply by altering the core game's files, PC gamers have discovered.
Stop the presses! Mass Effect 3 is the UK's new all-formats chart number one.
But exactly how well did it do? Chart-Track doesn't publicly reveal sales figures, but mentioned Mass Effect 3 was comfortably the biggest game launch of the year so far. It has already outsold the previous four number ones (SSX, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, UFC3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning).
BioWare's third entry in its space opera trilogy outsold the launch weeks of Mass Effect 1 and 2 combined, although release dates on separate platforms were previously staggered.
GAME has admitted it is unsure over its future as reports swirl that it has put itself up for sale.
Console versus computer - at 720p there's not much to tell these two games apart.
The preferred console SKU up against the game running on PC.
Head-to-head comparisons of the concluding Mass Effect chapter on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Embattled high street shop GAME "has two weeks to turn its fortune around", according to a new report.
What is human? It's a question that was beloved of dear old Phil Dick, and it's one that underpins Quantic Dream's animated short Kara, the PS3-powered tech demo that stopped GDC in its tracks earlier this week.
Hot on the heels of the news that Mass Effect 3 sold close to 900,000 copies in the US day one, EA has announced it has shipped over 3.5 million units to retailers worldwide.
BioWare is working to fix a problem with Mass Effect 3 that prevents users from importing character faces from Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 into the game.
Mass Effect 3 sold nearly 900,000 copies in the US in its first 24 hours on sale, EA has revealed.
To be exact, 890,000, EA boss John Riccitiello told an audience at the Wedbush Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference, attended by VentureBeat.
"We anticipated it doing well, so we're happy," he said.
Eurogamer plays the first mission after the demo.
The cheapest place to buy Mass Effect 3 in the UK is at supermarket megashop Asda. You will be able to pick up a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version there for £37.97.
GameStop wants to buy GAME's shops in Spain and Portugal, according to a new report by UK newspaper The Independent.
In last month's Mass Effect 3 demo analysis we asked ourselves if the PS3's frequent dips to 20FPS would be improved by the time of its release.
Mass Effect 3 will arrive on the EU PlayStation Store this Friday priced £49.99, Sony has revealed.
iPhone and iPad shooter tie-in Mass Effect: Infiltrator is now available on the iTunes store for £4.99 and comes with an array of in-app purchase options.
Paradox Interactive doesn't feel bad for GAME, because the UK retail giant has been "abusing" its power and "bullying" publisher partners for "a long time".
Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360 will not allow you to import Mass Effect 2 saves from the cloud, EA has confirmed.
Her name is simply Soldier. She looks to be in her mid-twenties, pretty with short dark hair. She's pleading with a clerk outside the human embassy on the Citadel, the vast and ancient space station that houses the Galactic Council.
Soldier married an Asari, you see, but both have been called into active service. Soldier wants to track down her wife's family, so their daughter can be sent to stay with them rather than be taken into care. Soldier's family won't take the little girl. They disowned her for marrying outside of her species. The desk clerk - another Asari - is sympathetic but held back by bureaucracy. Ever since the Reapers attacked Earth, the Citadel has been flooded with refugees. The paperwork is going to take some time.
Almost without realising it, I check in on Soldier every time I'm at the Citadel. I loiter and eavesdrop to see how she's getting on, if they've managed to cut through the red tape and get her daughter to safety. Eventually, I overhear the Asari clerk happily telling Soldier that everything has been arranged. Soldier is overjoyed. So am I, in a weird sort of way. I never even interacted with Soldier, but her story felt important all the same. It's a little splash of happiness in a story painted in thick strokes of dread and hopelessness.
EA has called the GAME situation "unfortunate", but said "we don't anticipate any delay getting our titles to market".
Mass Effect 3's day one DLC pack From Ashes will award players with two extra Achievements.
GAME's bosses may pull the plug on the embattled high street shop, insiders have claimed.
You cannot be the bad guy in Mass Effect 3, BioWare has revealed. Whether you're a kindly Mother Teresa or ruthless Jack Bauer, you'll still fight to save the day.
Where can you buy a copy of Mass Effect 3 when it launches in the UK next Friday, 9th March?
GAME could miss out on £2.5 million in profit by not stocking Mass Effect 3.
UPDATE: GAME Group has issued a note to shareholders in an attempt to calm concern over its ability to stock new games.
Mass Effect 3's chunky Vault console casing allows you to dress your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 in Commander Shepard's battle armour. It also comes with free Mass Effect 3 "DLC".
We knew this already, but now the nature of this extra in-game content is clear.
Far from being exclusive missions or spoilerific squad-mates, the Vault's "Reinforcement Packs" instead offer gamers more of the randomly selected upgrade packs that everyone can buy in the game's co-op mode.
GAME "may" stock Mass Effect 3 in the future.
UPDATE: GAME will offer customers a cash refund for cancelled Mass Effect 3 pre-orders today, tomorrow and afterwards.
Eurogamer has been sent the internal memo emailed to GAME and Gamestation staff this morning which broke the news that the company will not be stocking Mass Effect 3 at any of its stores.
The first half of the email is for store managers explaining the situation, while the latter includes a list of instructions for how to break the news to pre-order customers who have already given GAME their money.
GAME will not stock EA titles as the company is "committed to only stocking products on which we could get the right credit terms", something it has apparently failed to do for Mass Effect 3.
UPDATE: GAME has issued a statement to Eurogamer in response to the retailer's decision not to stock Mass Effect 3, blaming it on a "supply issue".
Mass Effect 3 publisher EA yesterday launched two weather balloons full of goodies from locations near London, England.
Ahead of Mass Effect 3's 9th March release, developer BioWare has discussed the possibility of creating a Mass Effect MMO.
PlayStation Vita launched in Europe last week. You probably noticed. Now, after a few days soaking up sales, we can report what we had always hoped: not only is Vita the handheld gamers deserve, but it is the one we need right now. In your face, Batman!
UK hardware sales figures are Chart Track's proprietary information, unfortunately, so until Sony talks about them publicly we can't say how many it sold in week one, but we can say it was healthier than some critics predicted, and the sight of two Vita games - Uncharted: Golden Abyss and FIFA Football - atop the UK charts is illustrative of lots of interest. Not only that, but Chart Track doesn't account for digital sales, and this is a fully digital console, so they are potentially a lot greater.
The Vita launch, our impressions of the European software line-up and general feeling about its prospects understandably form the backdrop to this week's 102nd-ever Eurogamer.net Podcast, "starring" host Tom Champion, myself and Oli Welsh.
Mass Effect 3 pre-order numbers are "well ahead" of those for Mass Effect 2 at the same point before its release, publisher EA has trumpeted.
It is one of the most elaborate video game marketing stunts in recent memory.
But this time it has some value - the chance to win a copy of one of this year's most anticipated games weeks before it goes on sale.
EA will this morning (11.30am) launch BioWare science fiction shooter Mass Effect 3 into space from London - and it wants fans to track it down.
Downloadable multiplayer FPS Gotham City Impostors is sitting pretty at the top of the Xbox Live Arcade chart in its second week on sale, Microsoft has announced.
Normandy model set to hit the stratosphere.
The Xbox Live leak of Mass Effect 3 DLC From Ashes posed a dangerous question: did BioWare snip the extra squad member from the full, finished game in order to have something to offer Collector's Edition owners - and something to sell - on launch day?
Online Pass! Reversible FemShep cover!
Gamers in North America can download a digital version of Mass Effect 3 from PlayStation Network on the same day the retail version arrives in stores, developer BioWare has announced.
New GeForce drivers (295.73) are out, and they dramatically boost Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 performance.
The Mass Effect 3 From Ashes DLC was accidentally, and briefly, sold on Xbox Live Marketplace.
That's right, we didn't stop at Podcast #100! This week a triumvate of Toms try to match last week's Ellie-filled centenary - that's Tom Bramwell, Tom Phillips and Tom Champion to you and me.
Not content with bundling Mass Effect 3 DLC with toys and books, developer BioWare has announced you'll also be able to pick up extra content for its forthcoming space RPG with a range of Razer peripherals.
Keyboard! Mouse! Controller! Headphones!
The concluding chapter of the Mass Effect trilogy is remarkable in that it's the first to be released simultaneously on all major HD platforms, with BioWare releasing Xbox 360, PS3 and PC demos earlier this week. Feedback we received from readers suggested that the PS3 build fails to match its Xbox 360 sibling, exhibiting major frame-rate issues - something we decided to put to the test.
The introductory scene from the demo subjected to Digital Foundry analysis.
Don't stand Origin directly next to Steam yet, EA's Peter Moore has asked - "give us 18 months to two years".
BioWare has posted a helpful guide on how to "maximise" Mass Effect 3's upgradable powers.
Mass Effect 3 senior designer Manveer Heir provided detailed information on the mathematical formulae BioWare uses to calculate how bonuses are applied to players' stats via the developer's forum.
BioWare's systems remain similar to those used in Mass Effect 2, Heir notes, although were previously kept hidden from the players. Until now.
There's no BioWare masterplan behind Mass Effect 3 not supporting gamepads on PC - the team was overstretched and couldn't spare the time and effort required.
A huge range of PlayStation 2 Classics will be made available to download from the EU PlayStation Store today, Sony has revealed.
Despite being a multi-platform release (or perhaps because of it), Mass Effect 3 on PC won't support game pads such as the Xbox 360 controller.
The stunning introductory mission.
BioWare has blasted out five fresh Mass Effect 3 videos, showing off the game's story choices and in-game customisation, enemies, action sections and its co-op multiplayer offering.
First up, a look at how Shepard shapes the story of Mass Effect 3 through good and evil (Paragon and Renegade) dialogue options - and how the consequences of these play out.
Next, a glance at the game's multiplayer and the races you can play. Choose a sniper-loving Turian like good old shipmate Garrus, or paint yourself blue to join Liara T'Soni's biotic bunch, the Asari.
Co-operative play to affect the Galaxy at War.
Mass Effect 3 publisher EA has signed up hardware case creator Calibur11 to create Commander Shepard-themed Vault armour for your console.
US shop GameStop is selling codes for a Mass Effect 3 DLC pack named From Dust - ahead of the game's March release.
Mass Effect 3 will be supported by two iOS apps, BioWare has revealed. Mass Effect Infiltrator is a third-person shooter, while Mass Effect Datapad allows players to stay in touch with their crewmates on-the-go.
No more Mass Effect 3 Collector's Editions will be made before the game's launch, BioWare has confirmed.
The Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition, which costs £70 in the UK, is sold out on a number of US shop websites.
On Amazon.com, for example, a note on the Xbox 360 version product page reads: "Due to high demand (and possibly the imminent Reaper invasion), we have unfortunately run out of our pre-order allocation for Mass Effect 3 - Collector's Edition for Xbox 360.
BioWare isn't happy with the new Mass Effect: Deception novel either.
The list of Mass Effect 3 Achievements has leaked, as usual courtesy of Xbox360Achievements. Presumably Trophies for the PlayStation 3 version will be identical.
In what won't become the mystery of the century, BioWare has suggested hanging on to Mass Effect 3 save-games.
Microsoft has launched a Mass Effect 3 Facebook app to reward players with avatar props and competition prizes.
Mass Effect 3's ending will anger some of the series' fans, BioWare has admitted.
The townsfolk have been listening to Shepard pulling the old "Commander who shouted 'Reaper!'" ruse for some time now. First she (he, if you're feeling obtuse) shouted 'Reaper!' when she discovered that the caretakers of the Galaxy were about to sweep up all known galactic civilizations. Then, in Mass Effect 2, she shouted 'Reaper!' after she'd fought against a big icky monster that had been made from human body parts, and had all/most/some of her underlings killed in the process.
Did the intergalactic townspeople listen though? Did they pay attention to this particular Shepard, and her sad tale of a sexy secretary being mulched and, as a consequence, all her fish dying? Of course they didn't. The Earth people were too busy worrying about what their Cerberus faction were up to, the Krogans were whinging about the Genophage putting the kibosh on procreation and the Quarians were preoccupied by wondering what their own faces looked like. Typical. The cretins even stripped her of her rank for something she did in the DLC. Tch.
So now the Reapers have finally showed up, guess who has to clean up all this mess? That's right: muggins here. Good old reliable Commander Shepard - back to save the day with a brand new sexy space adventure.
Mass Effect 3's demo includes access to Xbox Live Gold, enabling all players to sample the game's online multiplayer.
The just-released Mass Effect: Deception book has gone down like a lead balloon with Mass Effect fans. The novel is apparently riddled with canonical errors.
Apparently I'll need to do more when playing Mass Effect 3 on Hardcore or Insanity difficulties than cower behind cover and pop up every so often to fling a biotic ability or loose a round of ammo, safe in the knowledge that my Krogan ally-plus-one have taken care of everything else.
Another day, another report of obscurely packaged Mass Effect 3 DLC.
Mass Effect 3 will be the third and final part of Shepard's story, but don't worry if you've never played the series before - BioWare has come up with a couple of ideas to ease you in.
Mass Effect action figures due to go on sale in the US later this year will come with download codes for exclusive DLC.
As spotted on NeoGAF, a retail listing on BigBadToyStore shows eight separate figures available individually ($17.99) or in packs of four ($67.99).
The accompanying blurb reads:
Can your PC run Mass Effect 3? BioWare has released a list of PC system requirements needed to run the demo of its sci-fi role-player, which will likely remain the same for the full game.
A demo for forthcoming action RPG sequel Mass Effect 3 launches on PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on 14th February, developer BioWare has announced.
Origin will be required to run all editions of Mass Effect 3 on PC, BioWare has revealed - including copies bought from shops.
Playing the upcoming demos of Mass Effect 3 and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will unlock player skins and weaponry themed upon each other's games, publisher EA has revealed.
Anyone pre-ordering Mass Effect 3 in the UK will receive an extra M55 Argus Assault Rifle - a quick-burst ranged weapon.
A handful of retailer-exclusive Mass Effect 3 items have been announced.
According to GameInformer, purchase the PC version through EA's own Origin store and you'll snag the AT-12 Raider Shotgun.
"The AT-12 Raider Shotgun fires a large pellet spread, ensuring maximum coverage for close-range targets. Designed for superior rapid fire, the AT-12 allows for optimal recovery time between shot," states the announcement.
That's one burly baddie.
BioWare has announced the composers behind the Mass Effect 3 score.
Just three months to go.
The Vanguard class in Mass Effect 3 has a new Nova ability that sees Shepard leap up then slam his/her fist into the ground, sending out a close-range shockwave that crashes into surrounding enemies.
Mass Effect 3 will feature a Citadel mission originally intended for Mass Effect 2, according to the game's lead writer.
Speaking in an interview with OXM, Mac Walters explained that BioWare had planned to include more Citadel content in Mass Effect 2 but then changed direction, leaving a number of mission ideas on the cutting room floor.
However, at least one of those threads will be resurrected in the impending threequel.
The innards of the Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition have been revealed.
BioWare may change the Mass Effect 3 story based on feedback to the game's leaked script, the developer has told Eurogamer.
A bountiful space-cache of Mass Effect 3 co-op details has been opened.
They come from the mouth of Mass Effect 3 producer Jesse Houston, who was interviewed by BioWare's social media coordinator "Erika".
The only answers out of place below are those about PC DRM and whether decisions in ME1 and ME2 affect Galactic Readiness in ME3. Galactic Readiness, remember, is what you can contribute towards by playing Mass Effect 3 multiplayer co-op.
A lengthy story breakdown for Mass Effect 3 has been leaked online, developer BioWare has confirmed.
Mass Effect 3's three campaign modes were revealed over the weekend after an early version of the game was accidentally published to some Xbox 360 owners.
Microsoft published the Mass Effect 3 beta to those who were in the new Xbox Live dashboard preview. The beta was quickly removed, but not before gamers published spoiler-filled gameplay videos via NeoGAF.
Revealed are three ways to play Mass Effect 3's campaign: Action Mode, Story Mode and RPG Mode.
Multiplayer is now an "expectation", according to EA - but single-player only games are not dead.
Mass Effect 1 and 2 were just a "preamble" to Mass Effect 3, developer BioWare has said.
BioWare gives gamers another glimpse.
Mass Effect 3 is all about long-term plans finally coming to fruition. After two games of steadily inching ever closer to their target, the Reapers have finally found Earth, and while the single-player campaign will dart about orchestrating the beginning, middle, and end of a planet-wide conflict that's been thousands of years in the making, elsewhere on the start menu, other promises are being fulfilled too.
That's because Mass Effect 3 is finally taking the plunge with multiplayer - a bold move for BioWare, which hasn't tangled with anything other than a solo campaign since, what, Neverwinter Nights? After an hour with the game last week, though, the delivery looks a little less bold. This is definitely entertaining stuff, but it's also pretty standard co-op fare.
With the single-player eating up man hours over at BioWare Edmonton, and the Austin studio toiling to piece an entire galaxy of Star Wars treats together for the Christmas launch of The Old Republic, Mass Effect multiplayer's being handled in the main by the freshly-minted BioWare Montreal, a team that's been up and running for about a year. The end result appears to be a series of four-player co-op missions where you form an elite squad with your friends and fight for control of territory throughout the stars.
Those who refuse to play Mass Effect 3's multiplayer will find there is nothing "walled off" from the single-player campaign, BioWare has insisted.
BioWare has announced a single-player and multiplayer Mass Effect 3 demo.
Over five million people use Origin every day, EA has said.
The recently announced Mass Effect 3 multiplayer mode is accessed via the Online Pass code included in every new copy of the game, EA has announced.
The new Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War system, unveiled this week, is activated once the code found in the Online Pass is entered. Buy the game second hand, and you'll have to buy the Online Pass to access the Galaxy at War.
Players use Galaxy at War in both the single-player campaign and "through a suite of Mass Effect games and applications". They will be on iOS devices and Facebook, as revealed earlier today.
Krogan you guess what it is yet?
Progress made in Mass Effect 3 co-op multiplayer can be viewed on iOS devices, Facebook "and more".
You'll see a colour-coded map that will chart each area your squad has successfully defended, according to a deluge of information from OXM mined by StickSkills.
It sounds as though you'll visit these war-torn areas during the single-player campaign, and that multiplayer co-op enables you to take up arms and defend them.
BioWare has revealed the first details on Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, and moved to calm concerned fans worried by its inclusion.
As revealed by Eurogamer in June, Mass Effect 3's multiplayer is a standalone, four-player co-op experience that is separate from single-player.
Today, following confirmation of the mode's existence by an Australian magazine, BioWare went into further detail.
Mass Effect 3 multiplayer - the worst kept secret in video games - has been confirmed.
">PC Powerplay announced the feature on its website alongside an image of the cover of its November issue.
BioWare still has "huge autonomy" in what it does, co-founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk have promised Eurogamer. To say that EA now calls the shots "is not actually remotely true".
An advertisement in a South African magazine suggests Mass Effect 3 has multiplayer.
The Mass Effect film being made by Legendary Pictures will focus on the male version of Shepard.
BioWare wants your feedback again, this time for a prototype figure of Mass Effect 1 squad member and romance option Liara T'Soni.
Commander Shephard and co. return.
The red headed female Commander Shepard has been voted the default female appearance in Mass Effect 3.
Mass Effect 3 will be the end of Commander Shepard, BioWare has confirmed.
EA has promised gamers it won't make digital versions of its games exclusive to Origin.
This is not part of what the mega publisher is trying to do with its recently launched digital platform, EA said.
"When we were talking about it's best for the consumer that competition is a good thing, for the consumer also choice is a good thing," EA's European boss Jens Uwe Intat told Eurogamer.
The face-type for the pre-built female Shepard in Mass Effect 3 has been voted and decided on - now BioWare needs your help with hair colour.
Eurogamer is proud to announce the 10 nominees for its Game of the Show, gamescom 2011!
Bioware shows RPG battling.
BioWare wants fan input on what the default pre-set appearance of the female Shepard should be.
BioWare has revealed that "18 per cent of everyone who plays Mass Effect plays it with a female character".
Microsoft isn't forcing developers to incorporate ten million selling motion sensing add-on Kinect into their games, it's insisted.
New Mass Effect 3 team-mate James Sanders is now known as James Vega, BioWare has revealed.
BioWare has plans to release a demo for Mass Effect 3, a new tweet by series overseer Casey Hudson has revealed.
EA will release a Mass Effect 3 N7 Digital Deluxe Edition exclusively on its download service Origin.
It costs £54.99. Here's what it includes:
Digital commemorative artwork of Commander Shepard.
The Mass Effect movie is alive and kicking, and will be discussed at this year's Comic-Con.
Mass Effect 3 and Need for Speed: The Run will both be playable at the Eurogamer Expo in London this September.
Some criticised game show E3 2011 for its focus on sequels, but for one game developer they're a good thing.
That developer is BioWare, creator of Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3, the third game in the science-fiction shooter role-playing series.
"There are a couple of reasons why sequels are actually good in the games business," BioWare boss Greg Zeschuk told Eurogamer.
Mass Effect 3 is the final chapter in the Mass Effect trilogy, but it does not mark the end of the Mass Effect franchise.
Lady Shepard will feature on the Mass Effect 3 Collector's Edition box, BioWare has said.
Mass Effect 3 is strongly rumoured to feature a four-player co-op mode.
Mass Effect 3 creator BioWare considers motion-sensing add-on Kinect to be a video game platform separate to the Xbox 360 used with a controller, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Why does upcoming science-fiction role-playing game Mass Effect 3 support Kinect? Because EA wants more than just core gamers to play it.
Real actors pretending.
The story of Mass Effect is about more than Commander Shepard's race to save the galaxy from the threat of the Reapers. It's also about how BioWare's game has gone from an RPG with shooter elements to a third-person shooter with light RPG touches.
Take a deeper look at Shephard's return.
Shephard your troops via voice commands.
Mass Effect 3 will be getting Kinect support, BioWare's Dr. Ray Muzyka confirmed today.
Sign up to Origin, EA's Steam rival, and you'll get "exclusive game content" for games such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3.
EA is yet to reveal exactly what that exclusive game content is, however.
Exclusive limited edition copies of Battlefield 3, FIFA 12 will be available from Origin. Future additions will include access to the latest online betas as well as demos and try before you buy opportunities, EA said.
Will you be able to play upcoming science fiction role-playing game Mass Effect 3 with motion-sensing add-on Kinect? A new image – discovered on publisher EA's own website – suggests so.
Dodge Mass Effect 3's myriad sidequests and you'll be punished with an unsatisfying endgame, developer BioWare has revealed.
Unlike straight-as-an-arrow Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 will embrace same-sex romances.
A slew of Mass Effect 3 magazine coverage has been absorbed and summarised by the internet.
Non-spoiler information first, courtesy of Xbox World magazine and NeoGAF.
Mass Effect 3 develops melee fighting and each character class will have a special move. An Engineer will use an Omni-tool fire lash attack, for example, while an Adept will throw people back and stun them.
BioWare is in the process of realigning its Mass Effect franchise to appeal to a larger audience, according to EA boss John Riccitiello.
Mass Effect 3 will be in your hands some time in the first quarter of 2012, not later this year as originally announced, says developer BioWare.
Shepard, Liara get in fighting mode.
First Shepherd shots flock in.
UPDATE: We've run the original Spanish by our colleagues at Eurogamer.es, and have amended some of the details reported below as a result.
A Mass Effect MMO is not only a possibility, teased BioWare series overlord Casey Hudson - it "makes sense".
There will be no multiplayer in Mass Effect 3, BioWare has apparently revealed.
Multiplayer will, however, be considered for future games and spin-offs, according to new details lifted from the latest issue of Game Informer (read by NeoGAF).
Mass Effect 3 will offer more than one bad ending and more than one good ending, depending on the turns your personal story makes. Your choice of companions also affects the outcome.
A Mass Effect anime feature film is currently being produced for a summer 2012 airing, BioWare has announced.
A fourth Mass Effect novel is on its way to bookshops, publisher Del Rey has announced.
Mass Effect: Deception will continue the story of enigmatic biotic Gillian Grayson, who was introduced in the second book in the series, Mass Effect: Ascension.
It's being written by one-man game tie-in factory William C. Dietz, who has also churned out books expanding the Resistance, Hitman, StarCraft and Halo universes.
BioWare is thinking about how it can improve the heads up display for third-person science fiction shooter Mass Effect 3 – and Dead Space may provide some answers.
The Mass Effect 2 Arrival DLC uncovered last month has been sighted again - this time inside the Dragon Age II game box.
Earlier today we learned that Requiem For a Dream composer Clint Mansell is scoring Mass Effect 3, taking over from series mainstay Jack Wall. Why the change? Well, it was just time to move on, Wall has revealed.
Mass Effect 3 may sound very different to Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2 - BioWare has hired Clint Mansell, whose best work has been done partnering with celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan), to make the game's music.
BioWare's gargantuan science fiction Mass Effect universe was designed from the beginning to provide opportunities to tell spin-off tales in comics and novels – but one area in particular could be ripe for further investigation: the Citadel.
BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have been inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame alongside videogame greats such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux and Yu Suzuki.
All three versions of Mass Effect 3 will launch simultaneously next Christmas, EA has confirmed.
London burns Holiday 2011.
Oops. Someone is about to get hauled in front of HR. The EA Store has seemingly just ended weeks of speculation and confirmed the existence of Mass Effect 3.
A product listing on EA's online shop spotted by Joystiq showed Mass Effect 3 as clear as day, along with a descriptive blurb that read: "Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race.
"As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth."
Bonnie and Clyde. Morecambe and Wise. Zeschuk and Muzyka. Only two of them sound like words made up by someone trying to cheat at Scrabble, but all of them are known for being highly successful partnerships. Whether you're all about murderous crime sprees, dancing with Angela Rippon or setting up Canadian development studios focused on producing globally successful role-playing videogames in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, it takes two to make an impact.
A big screen adaptation of hit RPG series Mass Effect is in the works at Legendary Pictures.
BioWare bosses Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will work as executive producers on the film, along with Casey Hudson - who executively produced the games. There's no script just yet but Mark Protosevich, who wrote I Am Legend and Thor, is in talks to produce one.
Legendary Pictures' previous offerings include 300, The Dark Night, The Hangover and Watchmen. The company will work with Warner Bros. to co-finance and distribute the Mass Effect movie.
BioWare bosses Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk have apologised for restricting the BioWare Bazaar competition to North American residents only (but not those in Florida or New York).
BioWare's full of praise for new owner EA, which has helped the RPG-maker see the light in terms of creating, pricing and planning downloadable content.
BioWare once steered clear of sequels, but today the EA-owned company has a very different mindset.
EA boss John Schappert has told disembodied investors to expect "something far-reaching from Mass Effect" early next year.
BioWare co-founder Dr Greg Zeschuk has said the developer will continue to create games in the Mass Effect universe following the completion of the current trilogy.