Giant Bomb News

41 Comments

Mass Effect 3 Coming in March 2012, Battlefield 3 Drops This October

Two of EA's biggest games now have release dates.

Not gonna beat around the bush or write any overly lengthy intros for this one. Just the facts.

Battlefield 3, one of the two military shooters you are most likely to be chomping at the bit for this year, now has a release date: October 25th, 2011. That's two weeks prior to Modern Warfare 3, just in case you were keeping score at home.

Also getting a release date during EA's E3 2011 press conference was BioWare's latest sci-fi action RPG, Mass Effect 3. You'll be able to continue your adventures as Commander Shepard on March 6th, 2012.

Time to start stuffing your piggy banks!

Alex Navarro on Google+
41 Comments
Posted by Alex

Not gonna beat around the bush or write any overly lengthy intros for this one. Just the facts.

Battlefield 3, one of the two military shooters you are most likely to be chomping at the bit for this year, now has a release date: October 25th, 2011. That's two weeks prior to Modern Warfare 3, just in case you were keeping score at home.

Also getting a release date during EA's E3 2011 press conference was BioWare's latest sci-fi action RPG, Mass Effect 3. You'll be able to continue your adventures as Commander Shepard on March 6th, 2012.

Time to start stuffing your piggy banks!

Edited by zameer

About time! Super stoked for these games

Edited by Link43130

Freaking Amazing!

Edited by Swoxx

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

Posted by Rukus

Can't wait for 'em!

Posted by avidwriter

2012? God I miss the days when games didn't take 2+ years to come out.

Posted by Piranesi

EA has one hell of a line up ... have they ever had so much great stuff coming out?

Posted by GunsAreDrawn

I thought that Battlefield 3 would be released around October 20th since a lot of the Battlefield games have always been released around that time.

Edited by kmg90

not to bring up a flame war but I think this is really good news considering this will be out before the next annual edition of call of duty.  giving the hard-core fps gamers a chance to play something that doesn't have call of duty in its title.
 
just hope they don't implement a stupid online code system which in my opinion turned people away from medal of honor and other online pass enabled games.

Posted by phrosnite

Hurray for geometric progression 3/6/12! MASS EFFECT 3! Shepard!

Posted by Kasswara

Patiently waiting for Battlefield 3.

Posted by rmanthorp

NIIICCCEE!!!

Moderator
Posted by Yummylee

GIMME GIMME GIMME3!

Posted by PhatSeeJay

@swoxx said:

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

Pretty much necessary to maximize the impact for the game.

Posted by Swoxx

@PhatSeeJay said:

@swoxx said:

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

Pretty much necessary to maximize the impact for the game.

Absolutely

Posted by Garfy

Champing not chomping /pedant :)
Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

March 6th 2012 seems so far away

Posted by Liquidus

Damn it, that means Battlefield 3 only comes out a week before Uncharted 3 :(

Posted by President_Barackbar

EA continues to piss on the face of Activision with everything they do, and I continue to love it.

Posted by Ratcabbage

Arkham City, Dark Souls, and now Battlefield all in October. I'm going to lose sleep and all my money that month.
Posted by Ockman
@swoxx said:

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

OR incredibly stupid to rush a game that highly anticipated. 
Edited by Yummylee
@Liquidus said:

Damn it, that means Battlefield 3 only comes out a week before Uncharted 3 :(

November's a mess of games. Besides those two there's Saints Row: The Third, The new AC, MW3, Skyrim... all in the bracket of a few weeks. Wallets will burn. 
Posted by magimix

@AlwaysBeClothing: *shudder* Tell me about it :-( Hopefully with E3 immenently in the bag, it won't take too long for more gameplay focused material to come out (for instance, I liked the class-centric gameplay vids that were done pre-ME2).

Edited by Cornman89

March 6th. My goddamned birthday. Could not possibly be happier.

Posted by Swoxx

@Ockman said:

@swoxx said:

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

OR incredibly stupid to rush a game that highly anticipated.

How do you know It's rushed? It's been in dev so long I doubt it will be an issue. For me DICE has always delivered

Posted by Lydian_Sel

Mass Effect 3 can take all the time it wants, I want to play that game when it's ready to be played.

Posted by Ockman
@swoxx: Because how long has it been since a true Battlefield game? Battlefield 2 came out in 2005, and it was a pretty massive game. DICE may be a big studio, but they've been working on so many projects over the years. How much of that was really spent on developing this new Battlefield? I just feel like they have been spreading themselves kinda all over the place, and regardless of how long they may have worked on this  game, I still think it feels rushed. DICE worked on 2  games that were released last year alone: Bad Company 2, and Medal of Honor. It's only been a year since the last one, and you can't dish out a game with the quality one would hope for in that short a period.  
 
Even if they have been working on BF3 for maybe 2 years, they were still probably not in full production the whole time. You can't make a game of the same quality as the previous Battlefield in that kind of time table, especially when they're not just coming up with new game-play mechanics, but a whole new engine which is supposed to be really visually impressive.  
  
It's no secret that EA doesn't have issue with rushing a developer to finish a product by a certain date (Dragon Age 2 anyone?). The October release date gives EA exactly what they want, a heads up on MW3.   

Also DICE worked on the multi-player for Medal of Honor last year, and we saw how well that game turned out, (pretty lacking I thought). They're not an infallible developer.  They worked on the BF bad company games before which are not bad games, but no where near the scale of what Battlefield 3 is trying to live up. 
Edited by Cubical

Time to add that 4th  GPU I was thinking about doing  to my PC by adding a 2nd ATI radeon 6990 to my Pc by October for  Battlefield 3 and star wars the old republic.  
 
and it's a real Battlefield 3 too not that dumbed down console noob Battlefield bad company crap.

Posted by AhmadMetallic

Battlefield 3 is the only big title that doesn't deserve it's own flashy article ? 
 
I can already see Giant Bomb totally ignoring BF3... very nice.

Posted by SammydesinasNL
@swoxx said:

@Ockman said:

@swoxx said:

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

OR incredibly stupid to rush a game that highly anticipated.

How do you know It's rushed? It's been in dev so long I doubt it will be an issue. For me DICE has always delivered

Well, they did it with BC2 (that's where all that 'DLC' came from).
Posted by Swoxx

@SammydesinasNL said:

@swoxx said:

@Ockman said:

@swoxx said:

Pretty smart by EA/DICE to get out a few weeks ahead of MW3

OR incredibly stupid to rush a game that highly anticipated.

How do you know It's rushed? It's been in dev so long I doubt it will be an issue. For me DICE has always delivered

Well, they did it with BC2 (that's where all that 'DLC' came from).

I love BC2, and I never thought it was lacking in content or quality

Posted by Swoxx

@Ockman said:

@swoxx: Because how long has it been since a true Battlefield game? Battlefield 2 came out in 2005, and it was a pretty massive game. DICE may be a big studio, but they've been working on so many projects over the years. How much of that was really spent on developing this new Battlefield? I just feel like they have been spreading themselves kinda all over the place, and regardless of how long they may have worked on this game, I still think it feels rushed. DICE worked on 2 games that were released last year alone: Bad Company 2, and Medal of Honor. It's only been a year since the last one, and you can't dish out a game with the quality one would hope for in that short a period. Even if they have been working on BF3 for maybe 2 years, they were still probably not in full production the whole time. You can't make a game of the same quality as the previous Battlefield in that kind of time table, especially when they're not just coming up with new game-play mechanics, but a whole new engine which is supposed to be really visually impressive. It's no secret that EA doesn't have issue with rushing a developer to finish a product by a certain date (Dragon Age 2 anyone?). The October release date gives EA exactly what they want, a heads up on MW3. Also DICE worked on the multi-player for Medal of Honor last year, and we saw how well that game turned out, (pretty lacking I thought). They're not an infallible developer. They worked on the BF bad company games before which are not bad games, but no where near the scale of what Battlefield 3 is trying to live up.

While I agree with you on the EA rushing things part, I don't really think you can count MoH as a DICE project, I know they made the MP but they would not have the same vested interest in that as their own game. I guess we'll see how it turns out but I'm hoping EA is smart enough not to ruin a valuable franchise. Also the live demo given on the EA PC looked pretty damn good.

Posted by MeatSim

I am not sure I am gonna have enough money to buy all these games come fall.

Posted by Hilts

BF3. Drops October. Looks like 2011 is the year of the PC upgrade.

Posted by NateDogg

Not gaming as much these days but I'm definitely grabbing these 2

Posted by PaulKemp

Also real good news that there will be beta on all platforms for bf3. Now all cod players can try a little bf before choosing. Well played EA!

Posted by EmuLeader

I wonder if Battlefield will keep the online pass going, considering COD is advertising heavily as having free multiplayer. I realize EA wants to stop used sales and make as much bank as possible, but it'd be a smart move to not include it for Battlefield to fight the Activision marketing.

Posted by hoossy

That's good news, GameTrailers had a misprint about BF3 releasing in Oct. of 2012!   I was about to freak out! 
 
" Battlefield 3 Gets Release Date

6/06/11 1:32PM PDT
Battlefield 3 is set for release on October 25, 2012, and the open beta kicks off in September."

Posted by ArcLyte

was that a sword coming out of shepard's omnitool?!?

Posted by aidros

Personally, its not really a competition between BF3 and MW3. Release early or not, MW3 is an afterthought for playing when I'm done with all the other fall releases. Grabbing BF3 on day 1.

Posted by Xpgamer7

More money in the gaming pit.