UPDATE: In a statement given to Cinema Blend, BioWare categorically deny ever interviewing Gamer Syndrome and claim that the interview we referenced below was “entirely fabricated”. The original interview has now been taking down.
ORIGINAL STORY: Mass Effect 3‘s Mike Gamble has revealed that BioWare is aiming to launch the next instalment in the series in “late 2014 to mid-2015.” However, a more precise date could not be provided because “full development on the game [only] started a month or two ago.”
During the same interview with Gamer Syndrome, Gamble revealed that Mass Effect 3 originally planned to feature a mission set on Palaven during the Reaper invasion.
“One of the mission ideas that got scrapped was actually going onto Palaven, the Turian home world, and being able to see what their world was like,” Gamble said.
“We also scrapped the original ending for Mass Effect 3. We were gonna have it as a “boss battle”, where Commander Shepard would go up and fight The Illusive Man who has been transformed by The Reapers. We scrapped that idea because way too many [games] have that as their ending, some final boss fight.”
Source: Gamer Syndrome