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Big Reveal from BioWare Next Month

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It's time for a little fun and games for the next few weeks thanks to BioWare. The famed developer has tossed out a few teases over the last twenty-four hours that point to a big reveal during Spike's Video Game Awards on Saturday, December 11.

The hype begins with a 20-second teaser trailer that spends only 4 seconds showing footage of the mystery military-based game, and 16 seconds of pure filler. The brief glimpse shows a soldier sneaking up to a shattered window and raising his weapon as if gearing up to snipe a head or two. That's it.

Fans have already dissected the meaty 4 seconds, concluding that the weapon may be the M-29 Incisor Sniper Rifle from the Mass Effect 2 Aegis Pack DLC--or it could be a reused asset. Naturally we're hoping for the former conclusion, fulfilling EA's previous forecast that something "far-reaching" was headed to the Mass Effect franchise during Q4 of the company's fiscal year (Q1 2011).

The next two clues get a little crazy. BioWare tossed up a QR code on Twitter that--when decoded--consists of a string of 1s and 0s. When converted, the final code reads 55.845, the atomic mass of iron. BioWare then threw up another QR code on Twitter, this one also containing binary code that translates into -128.5°F. When converted to Celsius, it becomes the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth, listed at Vostok, Antarctica back in 1983.

That said, in the Mass Effect universe, there's a Vostok solar system containing four planets and an asteroid belt. The asteroids are reportedly rich in metal, including iron. There's also a planet named Aequitas in the Fortis system with a surface temperature that matches -128.5°F. The planet is known for its "famous Iron Canyons."

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    gardenian , November 18, 2010 7:55 PM
    what ever happened to Baldur's Gate?
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    gardenian , November 18, 2010 7:55 PM
    what ever happened to Baldur's Gate?
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    stevelord , November 18, 2010 7:57 PM
    It and BGate2 are now on GoG.com ;) 
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    jomofro39 , November 18, 2010 8:09 PM
    So Mass Effect something or other?
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    hellwig , November 18, 2010 8:33 PM
    Maybe its a font-fix for Standard-definition TVs?
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    stm1185 , November 18, 2010 8:44 PM
    I loved the Shadow Broker stuff so I am hoping its more Mass Effect 2 DLC. Some sniper missions in Urban settings!
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    Albyint , November 18, 2010 8:58 PM
    I would love Mass Effect 3 to be announced, but I would be sated on a new Bgate......
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    theshonen8899 , November 18, 2010 9:13 PM
    I don't mind waiting for Mass Effect 3. I'm still having loads of fun with Mass Effect 2. Hopefully ME3 will be done patiently and well.
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    Dirtman73 , November 18, 2010 9:40 PM
    Hopefully the next Bioware game doesn't implement a half-assed tactical system like their last three releases.
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    newyorka83 , November 18, 2010 10:13 PM
    Shadow broker was 5 seconds long, whats the point of these DLC's if they are so far apart and so small. Just make fewer of them and combine them or just put them in Mass Effect 3. I beat Shadow Broker in one brief sitting. I spent an equal amount of time trying to figure out what I missed because it got such good reviews I figured i hadn't played the whole thing. Put some RPG stuff into it, these have been FPS DLC. This is still an RPG right?
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    Albyint , November 18, 2010 10:50 PM
    newyorka83Shadow broker was 5 seconds long, whats the point of these DLC's if they are so far apart and so small. Just make fewer of them and combine them or just put them in Mass Effect 3. I beat Shadow Broker in one brief sitting. I spent an equal amount of time trying to figure out what I missed because it got such good reviews I figured i hadn't played the whole thing. Put some RPG stuff into it, these have been FPS DLC. This is still an RPG right?


    5 seconds long? I spent a good while on the extra content alone. I loved Shadow broker, I thought it was the best DLC for any game I have played. If it is a new DLC, I will be happy, but if its Mass effect 3, I will also be happy. I could care less which way it actually goes
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    Hellbound , November 18, 2010 11:29 PM
    Watch it be a Mass Effect MMo.
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    eleclerc , November 18, 2010 11:39 PM
    Another DLC from BioWare...
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    Darkv1 , November 18, 2010 11:46 PM
    HellboundWatch it be a Mass Effect MMo.

    For the love of f*** I hope not. Especially if Bioware pulled the crap they did with KOTOR choosing to make a MMO instead of KOTOR III. If that were to come to pass I just couldn't be held responsible for what might happen...
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    iam2thecrowe , November 19, 2010 12:28 AM
    soooo sick of military FPS games. Cant someone come up with something new?
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    stevelord , November 19, 2010 3:10 AM
    No, we need to release a copycat Call of Duty game every 6-9 months so point&shoot deathmatch newbs will gladly fork over $60 for it.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , November 19, 2010 3:10 AM
    I dont know about you guys, but the ppl that take a binary code to come up with a temp recorded on earth... or getting the atomic mass from a computer code...

    cause me to not feel that smart anymore.
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    False_Dmitry_II , November 19, 2010 3:18 AM
    iam2thecrowesoooo sick of military FPS games. Cant someone come up with something new?


    I think your reading comprehension is way down. This entire thing talked about how likely it is that this is going to be mass effect 3, which is an RPG. Definitely not a military shooter.
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    eddieroolz , November 19, 2010 6:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading that binary sequence, thanks!
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    kutark , November 19, 2010 10:15 AM
    I really hope its not a new Baldur's Gate. Modern Bioware =/= Bioware circa 2000, modern bioware would fuck baldur's gate 3 up so bad it wouldn't even be funny. It would be worse than what the remainder of The Matrix trilogy did to the original movie.
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    kutark , November 19, 2010 10:15 AM
    I really hope its not a new Baldur's Gate. Modern Bioware =/= Bioware circa 2000, modern bioware would fuck baldur's gate 3 up so bad it wouldn't even be funny. It would be worse than what the remainder of The Matrix trilogy did to the original movie.
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