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Big Reveal from BioWare Next Month

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."

Are we having fun yet, or what?

  • gardenian
    what ever happened to Baldur's Gate?
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  • stevelord
    It and BGate2 are now on GoG.com ;)
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  • jomofro39
    So Mass Effect something or other?
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  • hellwig
    Maybe its a font-fix for Standard-definition TVs?
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  • 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
    I would love Mass Effect 3 to be announced, but I would be sated on a new Bgate......
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  • theshonen8899
    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
    Hopefully the next Bioware game doesn't implement a half-assed tactical system like their last three releases.
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  • newyorka83
    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
    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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