So, Mass Effect is returning to the iPhone. At a recent EA event, the publisher passed around a pamphlet announcing Mass Effect Infiltrator for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad. In a nutshell, it's a third-person shooter featuring universe's trimmings, and it will apparently tie into Mass Effect 3's Galaxy At War component.

EA also announced a companion app called Mass Effect Datapad, but revealed nothing about it except its platform: iPad.

On to what we know then. In Infiltrator , you'll "help free prisoners from a hostile Cerberus base" and receive rewards as you gather evidence of Cerberus' crimes. All your rescues and your discoveries will feed into Galaxy At War's "Galactic Readiness rating," which informs events in the game's single-player.

As if the latter wasn't enough to get you to check it out, the app will also offer users exclusive weapons to use in ME3.

Infiltrator's announcement is pretty hot off the presses, so the details are pretty vague. On the other hand, it seems like it is passing through certification as we write this -- if EA is using the term "soon" in regards to its release traditionally -- so, the wait to see what's actually going on should actually end shortly.

UPDATE: Fun fact: this is being developed by Dead Space iOS devs Iron Monkey Studios. This can only be a good thing, we think.

UPDATE 2: IGN has nabbed the first screenshots for Mass Effect Infiltrator:

[Via ShacknewsJoystiq, IGN]

  • Anonymous

    Mehhh, but cool......ish.... My feelings about this are as incoherent as this comment.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah that's right, EA.   Are they going to charge $1.99 to release ammunition from a locked case? Just check out Theme Park and see what the true depths of IAP hell is like. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes because a title clearly aimed at the fermium market is a good comparison to this title. /facepalm Take your IAP rage elsewhere!

      • http://twitter.com/thebenchwarmers BenchWarmers Clique

        LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    I think this type of iOS game is the new movie-tie-in-on-consoles. This is a console game tie-in on mobile. Probably of similar value.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that the Dead Space devs have been doing it, yeah, I think EA/Bioware have made sure to bring their A game for this one.

    And if this is half as good as Dead Space. I will be all over this. Well I shall be allover this anyway, I must've spent 300+ hours in the two Mass Effect games to date, booked a week off work for the release of the 3rd, yeah, they know they've got my money.

  • Anonymous

    I've been waiting for Bioware to bring a UE3 Mass Effect over to iOS. Hopefully, even though this is a tie-in, it still has a complete, self-contained plot/story, rather than being a mini-game which the current description may be interpreted as.

  • http://twitter.com/Turkeydipking Jacek Mackiewicz

    I don't care how good this turns out in  the end, I just came.
    (sorry had too. ME2 has been constantly turned on for the last month, I love that game)
    And Dead Space devs? yes.

  • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

    Do you need to install Origin to play this? (^_-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mr.always.po.ed Denilson Campbell

    if its by EA and its a big name game you know it will take a long time to release

  • Tom Brenneman

    I'm Commander Shepard and this is my favorite app on the Citadel.

  • Chuck Anton

    mass effect infiltrator... similar to dead space vandal? the devs chose a really similar concept it seems

  • http://twitter.com/JZWilliams Zach Williams

    Wow. I'm really pumped about this. I'm a huge Mass Effect fan and was wildly disappointed by Mass Effect Galaxy (as was pretty much everyone else) but this looks really promising, especially if it is made by the same devs that did Dead Space. Instant buy for me.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. It looks so good, that I might start crying.

  • Anonymous

    As long as it doesn't require origin I'm down.

    Now if i could just finish my Steam collection of Mass Effect games by adding ME3 to my Steam account I would be in heaven :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/rjgill1 Ryan J Gill

      Unfortunately that isn't gonna happen. Hopefully you can still import a save though.

  • Anonymous

    I haven't played Mass Effect, but damn, looking at those screenshots and knowing the Dead Space devs are making this is making me all kinds of excited.

    I've been waiting SO LONG for them to make a sequel/follow-up to the iOS Dead Space, but this is the next best thing!

  • http://twitter.com/theplotlessplot Henrique de Sousa

    The game looks insanely good!! Can't wait to play this on my iPad 2 :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/rjgill1 Ryan J Gill

    The screens look good, and honestly Mass Effect's cover-based shooting could be trimmed down for iOS gameplay if handled by competent devs. And it apparently has competent devs working on it. Looks a lot more in line with the actual series than ME: Galaxy at least lol. Honestly, even if they just did something similar to Metal Gear Solid Touch or Epoch (with a Mass Effect feel) it would be a fun way to pass the time and earn some bonus gear/content for your ME3 file.

  • Fredrik Jackson

    More like this please, EA.

  • http://twitter.com/ImANinjah The Real Ninja

    If this will end up being good then maybe I'll get over my huge disappointment over BF3... But the fact that Dead Space devs are developing this, gets my hopes very high!

  • Anonymous

    I'm hoping that this also means a Mac release of ME3. I find it amazing that developers will release an iOS app with a game tie-in but not release a Mac port, leaving Mac gamers pissed off and also many lost sales of the full game.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSH56N633ACUVD46DAZSBQ3LJU DwayneW

    This is great and all, but can they do Crysis? :P But seriously, I'm throwing wads of dollar bills at the monitor screen right now trying to purchase this thing. What's a video game console?

  • http://twitter.com/dowerchin Dower Chin

    Being a Mass Effect fan, I guess this'll go on my wishlist when it comes out. I'm guessing probably before the ME3 comes out. Looks pretty good too.

  • http://twitter.com/_LarryBobarry_ My Name. Is Larry.

    wow, cant wait. i hope the story is up to console quality

  • http://twitter.com/Platronic John Francis

    If this is as amazing as it looks it really should end up on Vita too. Granted there will only be about 100 in the US Market when the game launches but it would still look amazing on the device. I'll buy it on iPad2 day one.

  • araczynski

    hoping this comes out before the actual game, as I'm hardly going to care about this while/after enjoying the real thing on the PC, until it hits a buck i suppose.

  • lolsamsungfags

    EA you better not fu#k with us again.. battlefield was bloody terrible