Early this morning, EA sent out a single image, calling it a teaser for BioWare's major project. You'll see that above, an apparent screenshot of some guy peering through the scope on a curious lookin' rifle (kinda Mass Effect-ish). And check out the duds.
BioWare then revealed a barcode via Twitter, which the nice people at Rock, Paper, Shotgun were nice enough to scan and decode. An initial scan yields a translation of:
If you break it down even further, the number is 55.845, the atomic weight of iron. See? Memorizing the periodic table really did pay off! Your chemistry teacher was preparing you for this very moment in time.
Anyway, iron is a component in steel, which possibly points to BioWare's 1996 game Shattered Steel.
A second mysterious Twitter post thickens the plot, with the lowest temperature on Earth, or -128.5 Fahrenheit. Where exactly was this all-time low recorded? In Vostok, Antarctica on July 21, 1983. Vostok 1 also happens to be the first human space flight, part of Russia's Vostok program, and there is a system in the first Mass Effect named "Vostok."
Check if your brain is still intact. Now, the obscurity will be dispelled come Saturday, December 11, during the 2010 Video Game Awards. Until then, go ahead and pray for Mass Effect 3, because we know that's what you're all thinking right now.