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BioWare Drops Another Hint

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BioWare has let slip another hint about its secret new project and this one leads somewhere that you probably weren't expecting.

BioWare let it be known a couple of days ago that it had a new, unannounced game in the works that it will reveal to the world next month during the Spike Video Game Awards. To give us all something to do while we wait, the studio also dropped a few hints - extremely vague hints - in the form of an uninformative picture of a close-cropped man with a big gun and a few 2D bar codes, which we have officially dubbed "bridgets," and which translated into numbers that appeared related to Mass Effect.

Now another bridget has appeared on BioWare's Facebook page, this one translating into a large binary string which converts into a URL for the British Secret Intelligence Service. They're the James Bond guys, sometimes known as MI6.

What does it mean? Maybe the new project is an Alpha Protocol-style game about British spies. Maybe BioWare is opening a new studio in the U.K. Maybe British Intelligence is tired of watching the Spectres make a mess of things and they're getting ready to step in and show them how it's done.

Or maybe... maybe it's something else entirely.

It's time to put our heads together on this, people. We need to think this out. We need options! The obvious choice is obvious - a spy game - but with more than three weeks to go before the big reveal, would BioWare really tip its hand so, well, obviously? The first clue was the atomic mass of iron; the second was the coldest recorded temperature on Earth, taken at Vostok, which is also the name of a system in Mass Effect; but now, we're pointed at the Secret Intelligence Services. What does it mean? How do these pieces all fit together?

And do you still think it's Mass Effect 3?

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I think it's a large DLC set in some system in the universe...

As bad as that sentence was I do know what I'm talking about. Windows Gamer explained it in a tweet and I liked their theory.

Great! I love Spies and all things weapons and gadget!

It isn't KotOR 3 therefore, I don't care enough to rack my brain. I'll sit back and wait.

Ahhh the suspense is killing me!!!

thinking its gonna be a futuristic action game (probably set in the mass effect universe) possibly telling the story of first contact between humans and the aliens.
thinking its gonna be set in london (hence why you could see the tower bridge and the thames in the trailer) with an mi6 agent sent to investigate all the wierd things happening.

British spies that go to Vostok to take temperatures in an attempt to make a new record for the coldest recorded temperature on Earth that just so happen to go to the future due to a thermomiter explosion next to a swimming pool filled with toads. Wait! I copyright that!

Or, like you said, it could just be British spies stepping in for Spectres, but that is just boring.

Too bad Sony Russia occasionally confirmed that it's Mass Effect 3 on Twitter. And as it happens with Sony, a screenshot has been taken before they removed it.
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It says "Bioware company showed a teaser for VGA award in which you can see first footage of Mass Effect 3.
It's a Sony, people. PSP Go leaked, PSP2 leaked, now they leak even third-party announcements.

Maybe it's all misdirection?

I DON'T LIKE BEING TEASED, BIOWARE.

I'm still waiting for them to reveal Tali's face, let alone the answer to this mystery. Is it CoD style shooter? Will it take place in the same era as the ME trilogy? Is that guy related to Michael Madsen? I don't like all these questions.

Andy Chalk:
BioWare Drops Another Hint

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BioWare has let slip another hint about its secret new project and this one leads somewhere that you probably weren't expecting.

That image is all the proof that I need. It is almost certainly related to Mass Effect. That short little clip probably took a fairly significant amount of effort to put together, and (I hope) Bioware is not so lazy as to reuse a design that would still require them to remodel the weapon entirely.

This my friends, is VERY clearly an Incisor Sniper Rifle, and it is a weapon in Mass Effect 2.

YEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHH

Whether it's Mass Effect 3, or 'N7 Code of Honor: Medal of Duty', I care not, I will be greatly excited.

We need to put the people that cracked the Portal ARG to work on this, ASAP. :P

Iron (Curtain), Soviet research outpost, and British SIS, I'm going with Cold War.

As an English person and someone who's never played anything Mass Effect related, I must say I'm rather curious...

Lord_Gremlin:
Too bad Sony Russia occasionally confirmed that it's Mass Effect 3 on Twitter. And as it happens with Sony, a screenshot has been taken before they removed it.
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It says "Bioware company showed a teaser for VGA award in which you can see first footage of Mass Effect 3.
It's a Sony, people. PSP Go leaked, PSP2 leaked, now they leak even third-party announcements.

That doesn't look like Shepard though. At all. So dubya tee eff?

Spy game, spy game! Please let it be spy game!
A James Bond type game by Bioware... sploosh.

Please let it be a spy game, as much as I looooove Mass Effect, I would prefer a new IP over COD: Spectre Agents.
Actually, something like that would be cool... but come on! SPY GAME!

I hope that this is a huge DLC expansion pack for ME2; similar to Awakening for Dragon Age. Play as a earth spy in the Vostok system, who can control iron with my mind. I doubt that it more than mere coincidence that one of the hints was about Vostok, a system in Mass Effect. Plus, the gun and armor looks too much like the items in the space opera. If it isn't Mass Effect 3, it will be a spin-off or DLC.

As long as it's not some multiplayer CoD/MoH clone set in the Mass Effect universe (So many more fun things I'd like to see them do with the universe as opposed to just a cash in) I don't care what it is, I will just sit here watching over the internet like a hawk for future information, trailers, everything.

Xzi:

Lord_Gremlin:
Too bad Sony Russia occasionally confirmed that it's Mass Effect 3 on Twitter. And as it happens with Sony, a screenshot has been taken before they removed it.
image
It says "Bioware company showed a teaser for VGA award in which you can see first footage of Mass Effect 3.
It's a Sony, people. PSP Go leaked, PSP2 leaked, now they leak even third-party announcements.

That doesn't look like Shepard though. At all. So dubya tee eff?

Shepard could die in ME2. Most likely ME3 is about new hero, like Dragon Age 2.

Lord_Gremlin:

Xzi:

Lord_Gremlin:
Too bad Sony Russia occasionally confirmed that it's Mass Effect 3 on Twitter. And as it happens with Sony, a screenshot has been taken before they removed it.
image
It says "Bioware company showed a teaser for VGA award in which you can see first footage of Mass Effect 3.
It's a Sony, people. PSP Go leaked, PSP2 leaked, now they leak even third-party announcements.

That doesn't look like Shepard though. At all. So dubya tee eff?

Shepard could die in ME2. Most likely ME3 is about new hero, like Dragon Age 2.

Or maybe it's the guy you'll assume the role of if you either start a new game (without loading a save from ME2) or got Shepard killed off for good in your save file.

EDIT: It's okay to stop correcting me, now. I promise I understand.

I don't care at all. Bio used to be good.. but they can't even pull together a coherent storyline over 2 games, never mind 3.

The storyline from 2 is so far removed from what happened in 1 (the machine baddie suddely working with organics, you suddenly working for the people you were trying to kill in the first, the sudden introduction of a new stringpuller, what was wrong with the shadowbroker anyway.. illusive man my ass), no doubt 3 will pull a bunch more sudden reveals out of it's ass...Lazy, cheapass storytelling.

The franchise is an incoherent mess considering all the crap they said about it all being planned .. lmao.. they couldn't even make sure the gameplay was comparable.

The new Bioware is unworthy of their past successes.

Whatever it is, that picture looks sick

Fiend Dragon:

Andy Chalk:
BioWare Drops Another Hint

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BioWare has let slip another hint about its secret new project and this one leads somewhere that you probably weren't expecting.

That image is all the proof that I need. It is almost certainly related to Mass Effect. That short little clip probably took a fairly significant amount of effort to put together, and (I hope) Bioware is not so lazy as to reuse a design that would still require them to remodel the weapon entirely.

This my friends, is VERY clearly an Incisor Sniper Rifle, and it is a weapon in Mass Effect 2.

YEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHH

Whether it's Mass Effect 3, or 'N7 Code of Honor: Medal of Duty', I care not, I will be greatly excited.

Yeah, those two rifles do look alike....nice find

I don't think they'd be sneak revealing Mass Effect 3, everyone expects them to reveal Mass Effect 3, it's not a very good surprise, it'd be like "surprising" someone with cookies they knew were in the pantry.

Fumbleumble:
the machine baddie suddely working with organics

The humans killed a Reaper, the characters of the game themselves speculate they are using human subjects to create a human-style Reaper in an effort to make a superior 'human'. They work with the Collectors due to some early descriptions of the larger powers of the galaxy leaving them to their own devices, and because the Collectors are more commonly found in the Terminus Systems where human colonies are easy pickings due to lack of council or alliance protection.

Fumbleumble:
you suddenly working for the people you were trying to kill in the first

They revived you, and actually give a damn about finding out about the disappearing human colonies. Plus it was only side missions that Cerberus were related with. Their true intentions were hidden under the Alliance propaganda you hear about them through.

Fumbleumble:
the sudden introduction of a new stringpuller, what was wrong with the shadowbroker anyway.. illusive man my ass

The Illusive Man pulls strings within Cerberus mainly. His influence outside of his own organisation is limited, thanks to the hatrid they receive from pretty much every other power in the galaxy.

And the Shadow Broker isn't affiliated with any one group, and still retains control over the flow of information. At least until the DLC...

Seriously, it's not hard to figure this stuff out if you pay any attention to the story.

OT: I am hoping for a big DLC or the Call of Alliance's Duty: Future Space Warfare in Space or whatever. Mass Effect 3 would be too easy to guess, and another game altogether would ruin the links to ME.

Fumbleumble:
I don't care at all. Bio used to be good.. but they can't even pull together a coherent storyline over 2 games, never mind 3.

The storyline from 2 is so far removed from what happened in 1 (the machine baddie suddely working with organics, you suddenly working for the people you were trying to kill in the first, the sudden introduction of a new stringpuller, what was wrong with the shadowbroker anyway.. illusive man my ass), no doubt 3 will pull a bunch more sudden reveals out of it's ass...Lazy, cheapass storytelling.

SODAssault:

Lord_Gremlin:

Xzi:

That doesn't look like Shepard though. At all. So dubya tee eff?

Shepard could die in ME2. Most likely ME3 is about new hero, like Dragon Age 2.

Or maybe it's the guy you'll assume the role of if you either start a new game (without loading a save from ME2) or got Shepard killed off for good in your save file.

no, it has been made clear that if you (Shepard) dies in ME2 it's game over. ME3 is meant to the last story for Shepard.

My guess this is a DLC for ME2 as the DLCs haven't finished yet or self-contained story/side project for ME4...dont forget there is no reason why it could be "MassEffect: Cornish pasties" instead of a number ect...

SODAssault:

Lord_Gremlin:

Xzi:

That doesn't look like Shepard though. At all. So dubya tee eff?

Shepard could die in ME2. Most likely ME3 is about new hero, like Dragon Age 2.

Or maybe it's the guy you'll assume the role of if you either start a new game (without loading a save from ME2) or got Shepard killed off for good in your save file.

How could Shepard die?

A hint that leads to one of the most famous espionage agencies? Weaponry in a picture that hints to the Mass Effect universe?

That does it, I'm calling it now; Blasto! The Hannar Spectre The Game.

Fumbleumble:
I don't care at all. Bio used to be good.. but they can't even pull together a coherent storyline over 2 games, never mind 3.

The storyline from 2 is so far removed from what happened in 1 (the machine baddie suddely working with organics, you suddenly working for the people you were trying to kill in the first, the sudden introduction of a new stringpuller, what was wrong with the shadowbroker anyway.. illusive man my ass), no doubt 3 will pull a bunch more sudden reveals out of it's ass...Lazy, cheapass storytelling.

The franchise is an incoherent mess considering all the crap they said about it all being planned .. lmao.. they couldn't even make sure the gameplay was comparable.

The new Bioware is unworthy of their past successes.

I don't think you're right about anything you just said. It all seems like you were barely paying attention. Cerberus was AN antagonist in ME, not THE antagonist. And the politics of the galaxy is what forces not only you to work with them, but also you to work against the Shadow Broker, who tried to sell your corpse to the Collectors. Were you listening at all or did you just cut through all the cutscenes and dialogue?

Moonpooman:
How could Shepard die?

If you did no upgrades to your ship and had no one's loyalty, it's possible to lose everyone including Shepard. Only Joker survives in that instance.

metroidgearsolid:
thinking its gonna be a futuristic action game (probably set in the mass effect universe) possibly telling the story of first contact between humans and the aliens.
thinking its gonna be set in london (hence why you could see the tower bridge and the thames in the trailer) with an mi6 agent sent to investigate all the wierd things happening.

As far as I can remember, in the ME universe first contact occurred on certain colonies with the turians. And as far as I can remember, their short-lived war never reached Earth itself.

TaboriHK:

Moonpooman:
How could Shepard die?

If you did no upgrades to your ship and had no one's loyalty, it's possible to lose everyone including Shepard. Only Joker survives in that instance.

Which could make this game an alternate version of the universe in which Joker is the main character....AWESOME!!!

Lord_Gremlin:
Too bad Sony Russia occasionally confirmed that it's Mass Effect 3 on Twitter. And as it happens with Sony, a screenshot has been taken before they removed it.
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It says "Bioware company showed a teaser for VGA award in which you can see first footage of Mass Effect 3.
It's a Sony, people. PSP Go leaked, PSP2 leaked, now they leak even third-party announcements.

I dunno. I think Sony is getting this wrong, and why would they be right? Its a Bioware game produced by EA. I see no reason Sony would be in the know about this.

They don't need to announce Mass Effect 3... They kind of already did in the loading screens of ME2.

Hoping for something like Alpha Protocol. Obisidian didn't really handle that particular concept very well.

I am immune to your silly hype machine, Bioware. I don't care how many cryptic hints you drop. I can wait patiently for the actual reveal, you're not going to get me playing your little "guess what?" game.

ITS A TRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They know we will fall for it.

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