It looks like EA let a little more Mass Effect information out of the vault than they intended to today. 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.
The sequel was already expected to involve over 1,000 plot variations stemming from decisions users have made in the first two chapters, but we now know that the Earth going up in flames will take place amid all of those other events.
Here's how the description read prior to the entry being taken down, according to a post on Destructoid:
Earth is burning. 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.
None of this will come as much of a shock to those who have beat "Mass Effect 2," but the new game is rumored to be in line for an announcement at the Spike's 2010 VGA's Saturday, so at the very least this tells us that there's been enough work done on "Mass Effect 3" that the game's premise can be described, and that means that it would be perfectly reasonable to imagine that BioWare could be ready to say something this weekend. Stay tuned.
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