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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:05 PM Edited by CharmingCharlie, 16 August 2011 - 04:44 PM.

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After nearly a month of speculation and racing around with our smart phones trying to decode QRcodes we finally got our answer on the 11th December 2010 a day that will live in infamy. We finally got to see the first CG trailer for Mass Effect 3 and what an epic trailer.

Once more you take on the role of Commander Shepard and this time the odds are really stacked against you. In the previous games Commander Shepard managed to thwart the Reapers not once but TWICE. However now things are different the gloves are off and Harbinger is not playing the "nice guy" anymore. The final instalment of Shepards adventure looks set to involve a massive invasion of the Reaper fleet and their primary target is Earth. Will Earth burn ?, will Shepard manage to rally the different Citadel races to his cause ? .......... you will find out around the end of 2011.

Confirmed Features
  • Game will show a “previously on Mass Effect” comic to make decisions if you’re starting from scartch
  • Enhanced RPG elements
  • More freedom with character skills
  • Mods returning, swap out different parts such as barrels, scopes (effect both the weapon’s combat performance and its appearance)
  • All classes can wield all weapons unhindered now
  • Numerous endings
  • Shooting specific armor parts can have certain effects, and the AI of the enemies will have them routing Shepard and will coordinate with each other
  • Battlefields are going to be a great deal larger, and combat will be very varied.
  • You will begin ME3 with most of your powers from ME2, that will get evolved in different ways later on
  • New skills: Engineer can build turrets.
  • Space Battles (NOT CONFIRMED BUT HINTED AT)
  • Scenarios: larger. We will see people walking, ships fighting, architecture in greater detail. Searching for the photorealism of the sites using new lighting techniques on the stage
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Trailers



E3 Trailer



E3 Microsoft ME3 Compatibility "Showcase"




Platforms

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Note this is probably NOT the final artwork (which is a pity I think it looks pretty good) however it does hint that we will get a simultaneous release across the PC, PS3 and 360 which is good to hear.

EA has confirmed that Mass Effect 3 will see a simultaneous release on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. see here

Release Date
US = 6th March 2012
EU = 9th March 2012



UPDATE HISTORY
Date Event Link Forum
12/12/2010 Officially Announced At The Spike TV AwardsLinkLink
12/12/2010First CGI teaser trailerLinkLink
10/02/2011Clint Mansell (sound producer for the movie Moon) producing the musicLinkLink
22/03/2011Tricia Helfer (EDI) confirms she is back in ME 3LinkLink
02/04/2011Seth Green (Joker) confirms he is back in ME 3LinkLink
08/04/2011Game Informer first previewLinkLink
10/04/2011Game Informer Mass Effect 3 hub LaunchedLinkLink
20/04/2011First Official Screenshots released on the netLinkLink
03/05/2011Mass Effect 3 appearance confirmed for E3LinkLink
04/05/2011Two new screenshots released and game delayed till 2012LinkLink
02/06/2011New IGN E3 Mass Effect 3 Preview & 3 new screenshotsLinkLink
06/06/2011Mass Effect 3 E3 trailerLinkLink
08/06/20114 Mass Effect 3 game play trailers released at E3LinkLink
23/07/2011Default Femshep Competition announcedLinkLink
16/08/2011Mass Effect 3 shown during the EA conference at Games ConLinkLink

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:19 PM

lol lot of info to go on at the mo! Will be a nice little time filler for those waiting for mass effect 3 no doubt!

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:26 PM

It looks like there might be guns in the game. That's really up in the air though.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:32 PM

CharmingCharlie speculates wildly


It could be a Mass Effect spin off, the Reapers got hold of a VHS copy of Terminator and have decided to travel back in time and murder Commander Shepards Great Great Great Grandfather tounge.gif .

I am hoping this isn't just a straight shooter though. I can't see anything bad about an RPG set around a modern warfare theme myself and it is certainly a game I would happily pick up (and there doesn't even have to be sexy blue aliens in it).


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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:39 PM

My thoughts exactly. A modern combat action rpg might be pretty fresh too. I just hope it wouldn't just be a Mass Effect clone with different plot/story/characters/setting. I do think, however, that this might be set in the 'near future', judging from the dude's attire.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:42 PM

I will probably the only one but this reminds me alot of Halo. Or well, HALO-ISH.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:47 PM

Mass effect 3???

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:58 PM Edited by CharmingCharlie, 17 November 2010 - 04:44 PM.

Nah I would be shocked to the core if this was Mass Effect 3, although some others have commented that the rifle the old chap is using in the screenshot looks eerily familiar and is nearly a carbon copy of the Incisor sniper rifle used in Mass Effect 2 :-

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I will tell you something I really want what Bioware are smoking these days because it is "hella trippy" a Bioware dev has started up a photo album here :-

http://social.biowar...ms/925446/63068

On there you will find the screenshot I posted and erm these two things :-

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Mobile barcode scan = 001101010011010100101110001110000011010000110101
Converted to decimal it comes to 55.845 (Google says its the atomic mass of iron)


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Mobile barcode scan = 0010110100110001001100100011100000101110001101011011000001000110
Converted it comes to -128.5°F (the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth)


Now for those that don't know what the hell those graphics are, they are mobile barcodes. If you point your smart phone at the screen it scans the picture and gives you a link. I just tried it with my smart phone and just get a bunch of binary numbers.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:16 PM

they do look almost identical apart from the colors! your not the only one that would be shocked i want to know what happens with the! BIG MASS EFFECT 2 SPOILER!!! loads of reaper ships waiting just outside of the galaxy but thinking along those lines they could get away with a prequel perhaps if they tell the story of the other times the reapers have cleared the galaxy of all life

PS charlie i thought those barcode things were for blackberry phones only!

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:21 PM

Nah you can get apps to use these barcode thingies on iphones and android phones. I have an android phone here and there are several apps that will use the built in camera to scan the code.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:22 PM

Anything Bioware makes tends be pretty brilliant and has my instant attention. I do like the idea of a modern day combat type RPG and it would be interesting to see how the make it work, but all we can do for now is speculate I guess.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:23 PM Edited by oysterbarron, 17 November 2010 - 03:32 PM.

well i translated the binary to text and got back what looked like a youtube code in the base64 code form but it leads to nothing!

one reads as -128.5 degrees faranheight
and the second one comes back with this number 55.845

an relevance to mass effect universe?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE (oysterbarron @ Nov 17 2010, 15:16)
they do look almost identical apart from the colors! your not the only one that would be shocked i want to know what happens with the! BIG MASS EFFECT 2 SPOILER!!! loads of reaper ships waiting just outside of the galaxy but thinking along those lines they could get away with a prequel perhaps if they tell the story of the other times the reapers have cleared the galaxy of all life

PS charlie i thought those barcode things were for blackberry phones only!

The other times this happened in the ME universe humans wouldn't have been on the scene, we'd still be living in caves at the time (in the most recent scenario)

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:35 PM Edited by CharmingCharlie, 17 November 2010 - 03:44 PM.

QUOTE (oysterbarron @ Nov 17 2010, 16:23)
well i translated the binary to text and got back what looked like a youtube code in the base64 code form but it leads to nothing!

one reads as -128 degrees faranheight

Yeah one code translates as -128 degrees Fahrenheit which is apparently the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth. The other barcode converted to decimal comes out as "55.845" which is apparently the atomic mass of iron.

I really don't know where Bioware are going with these barcodes, at first I thought the first barcode was simply a mistake by the guy that started the album, but he later added the second barcode. These barcodes are definitely something to do with the game though.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:41 PM

I so need to update my phone, i see those barcode things everywhere, i wanna play.

Loved Mass Effect, loved Dragon Age and so i reckon i'm gonna love this biggrin.gif .

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:45 PM

I'm calling the name now: Iron Cold.

... or Cold Iron.

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I am so excited.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE (Seddo @ Nov 17 2010, 16:41)
I so need to update my phone, i see those barcode things everywhere, i wanna play.

Ah you won't be sorry, I am a cheap arse my Android smart phone was £100 wink.gif .

Ok here is some wild speculation for you from another board. The second barcode translates to -128.5 which is the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth. The location of this temperature recording was at Vostok, Antarctica on July 21, 1983. Now if you go to the Mass Effect Wiki here you will see there is a planetary system called Vostok which happens to be a METAL rich planet.

You got to love all this speculation, unfortunately we probably won't have any answers till 11th December wow.gif

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:54 PM

I thought I'd take a screen cap of the over-the-shoulder moment, because I'm geeking out.

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View from a church, perhaps? Looks pretty post-apocalyptic or war torn. dontgetit.gif

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:56 PM

well looking at the teaser video you see him looking out of the window before the picture that was supplied happens and it appears to be a white enviroment out of the window but cant say for sure yet.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:00 PM

An interesting tweet has emerged here about all this :-

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Yeah. That BioWare thing RT @patlike Or it's a red herring. Says IM man: "it's Mass Effect 3, says mysterious sources"


http://twitter.com/V...923661916045312

You know sometimes I am very critical of the way Bioware does things, but they sure as hell know how to hype their games devil.gif

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:06 PM Edited by oysterbarron, 17 November 2010 - 04:14 PM.

all this info while we are debating hell yeah! keep it coming charlie. but could be a fake you said he posted the main picture and then those 2 things after and you yourself thought it was a mistake, but its to much of a coincidence!

throwing this in the ring for explanation: This is found in the vostok system


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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:19 PM Edited by boxmonster, 17 November 2010 - 04:32 PM.

New code.
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@CharmingCharlie: you got translation to the barcodes and binary stuff mixed up.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:25 PM

That rifle looks mighty close to the DLC sniper rifle from Mass Effect 2. I'd be extremely happy if it's a C-Sec game. Since ME1 I wanted a C-Sec FPS or TPS. Of course RPG elements are always welcome. I wouldn't be surprised if it's just ME3 though.

Am I the only one that thinks that dude from screenshot looks kinda like Michael Madsen biggrin.gif

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:48 PM

QUOTE (boxmonster @ Nov 17 2010, 17:19)
@CharmingCharlie: you got translation to the barcodes and binary stuff mixed up.

Ooops my bad so I did, fixed it up, quite a novel thing these QR code jobbies. It is certainly interesting seeing a developer using them as a tool to hype their games, even if they are being sadistically cryptic about it all.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:49 PM Edited by Gronf, 17 November 2010 - 04:54 PM.

Are you sure it's a new IP? Seems a bit too "out there" to be ME3 (no relevance to Shepard or anything Mass Effect except the Incisor rifle), but it's not impossible. Could also be a game named Cold Iron, or a game whose main character is named Cole Irons.

It's all wild speculation at this point though. But I'm really, really, really hoping that this topic will be renamed "Mass Effect 3" come December 11th. inlove.gif

EDIT: Tracking this topic now, I don't want to miss a thing! biggrin.gif

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:56 PM

QUOTE (Gronf @ Nov 17 2010, 17:49)
Could also be a game named Cold Iron

Don't steal my thunder! biggrin.gif

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:01 PM

QUOTE (papanesta @ Nov 17 2010, 17:56)
QUOTE (Gronf @ Nov 17 2010, 17:49)
Could also be a game named Cold Iron

Don't steal my thunder! biggrin.gif

yikes, sorry!

How about:
"Iron Cold"
"Cold Irons Bound"
"Cold Blade"

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:02 PM

This game could be set after mass effect 1 and 2's story shepard may not be around anymore for the final confrontation!

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:04 PM

QUOTE (oysterbarron @ Nov 17 2010, 18:02)
This game could be set after mass effect 1 and 2's story shepard may not be around anymore for the final confrontation!

If you failed miserably at ME2, that would be the case, but that wouldn't warrant an entirely new game. Trust me, Shepard will be there to kick some smarty-pants-robotic ass.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:09 PM

So it's a shooter.

It's pretty much monochrome grey/brown.

From this we can only surmise..

Medal of Call of Metal Gears Solid of War Killzone Duty Honor 123456?

Okay, so it's Bioware, it might not be sh*t. But I have to say they could have picked something that would have stood out a little for a sneak peek.




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