The online EA Store accidentally posted the store listing for Mass Effect 3 early. The game is believed to be announced tomorrow at the Spike VGA Awards, and it looks like somebody on the web staff wanted to get their work done early on a Friday night. Though the company confirmed an official release date for “Mass Effect 2″ on the PlayStation 3, and did so with a wealth of helpful other details, they quickly retracted a listing at the official EA Store explaining some fascinating details about the “Mass Effect 3″ story.
According to Joystiq, a “trusted source” has revealed that the third entry in the series will be the first to support multiplayer. Mass Effect 3 was recently outed by a listing on EA’s online storefront, which has since been removed. The report went on to fuel speculation of a formal unveiling at this weekend’s Spike TV Video Game Awards. The listing featured placeholder box art, with just the game’s title on the front, and a short description which sounds eerily similar to Dragon Age: Orgins’ plot, except with a sci-fi flavor, rather than fantasy. In Mass Effect 3, the Reapers have launched a devastating attack on Earth, home world of the human race. Only an alliance of the various races in the galaxy, lead by stalwart hero Commander Shepard, stands a chance of defeating the Reapers and taking back the planet.
“Earth is burning,” a synopsis of the game read. “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.”. Mass Effect 3 was listed on the EA store for both PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, with no release date and a $59.99 price for all three games (causing much outrage for PC gamers, as you can imagine). They were up for about 20 minutes before getting yanked down by the webstaff.