Electronic Arts has inadvertently announced Mass Effect 3 through its online store.

Appearing online temporarily, Mass Effect 3 was available for pre-order for $59.99. Only the PC platform was listed, however. The product description gives a few storyline hints:

“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.”

As expected, the listing was quickly taken down by EA. A source has told Joystiq that BioWare’s big reveal at the Video Game Awards show on 11th December 2010, will indeed be Mass Effect 3, as has been suggested by the various teasers that have been released in the run-up to the event.

Mass Effect 2 released early this year to rave reviews, putting itself in contention for 2010’s game of the year. Mass Effect 3 has not yet been dated, but is due to be released on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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