After showing off Mass Effect 3‘s engine in a PlayStation 3-exclusive version of the second installment in the franchise, many gamers have been looking forward to Bioware’s final game in the trilogy. Though it was slated to be released by the holiday season this year, the developer decided to push the date back to polish the experience.

Casey Hudson, the Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed Mass Effect franchise, made the announcement through the series’ official Facebook page in saying:

Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. The development team is laser focused on making sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, boldest and best game in the series, ensuring that it exceeds everyone’s expectations.

One of any publisher’s primary concerns with delaying an extremely important release such as Mass Effect 3 would be its sales. After a busy holiday season, many gamers are more willing to sit back and relax with the games they already have in their libraries. Additionally, the tendency to delay titles has become a common, accepted practice by developers, publishers, and consumers. By setting this precedent, players can never expect to have an honest dialogues with massive publishers regarding a game’s eventual release.

However, recent news regarding the development of the latest installment in the Mass Effect trilogy is not all bad. In a financial report that was published earlier this week, Electronic Arts revealed that the title will be released for a mobile platform. At this time it is unknown what specific platforms it will be available for. Some have speculated that iOS and Android-powered devices will see companions that offer intuitive ways to level your characters, while others are saying that the game may see a full release on Sony’s upcoming NGP.

What do you think? Are you upset because BioWare made the decision to delay the game until the first quarter of 2012? Would you be willing to play it on a mobile platform? Sound off in the comments below.