Mass Effect characters Mordin and Samara have been confirmed for Mass Effect 3. The reveal came during a presentation of the new game at Microsoft's E3 conference this evening. BioWare used the demo to showcase Kinect support in the upcoming action RPG.

According to the Mass Effect Wiki:

Mordin Solus is a salarian geneticist, professor, and a former operative of the Special Tasks Group, where he performed reconnaissance and participated in the modification of the genophage.

Samara is a nearly thousand-year-old asari justicar, a member of an ancient monastic order following a strict honor code.

Mass Effect 3 is due for release early in 2012.

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