Ronald already caught these in the 'bread, but hey, it's not often two high-profile role-playing games are announced at pretty much the same time. In fact, the Spike TV Video Game Awards show on Saturday was the stage for a number of other high-profile unveilings. I can't be the only one thinking these two are the most exciting, though.
Here's the very cinematic debut trailer for BioWare's Mass Effect 3:
And here's Bethesda Softwork's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, in all its epic goodness:
As Shacknews points out, the next chapter in the Elder Scrolls series is due November 11, 2011 (get it?), while Mass Effect 3 will be out some time during the next holiday season. The site predicts a cross-platform release for the former, and according to the folks at Joystiq, the next Mass Effect will definitely hit the PC and consoles simultaneously.
Too bad both trailers look to be pre-rendered, so we have no idea of, you know, how the games actually look. Rock, Paper, Shotgun does report that Skyrim will be based on a whole new engine, however—I have my fingers crossed for some fresh DirectX 11 eye candy. Of course, the fact that both of these games are still tailored for current-gen consoles would seem to preclude any kind of proper graphical trailblazing like we saw with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.