Christmas came early this year as BioWare showed off the first hour of Mass Effect at GDC today. Though a few portions were skipped due to time constraints, IGN witnessed the first mission as Commander Shepard and the betrayal that propels the story into a wide-open galactic hunt.
Described as a "next-gen BioWare game on steroids" by BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka, Mass Effect is all but finished save some polishing and optimization. Though Microsoft remains mum on an official ship date, it seems likely that Mass Effect will arrive before Blue Dragon's August release. The build shown off was not a demo, but the full game in its current progress. And it looks like it's not far from final code.