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BioWare Talks Mass Effect 3 Demo Plans

BioWare's Community & Social Media Manager Jessica Merizan said on Thursday that Mass Effect 3 will have a pre-release demo in January 2012 offering both single-player and multiplayer options. Gamers who redeem their Online Pass for Battlefield 3 will get early access to the multiplayer portion, but the single-player aspect will be open to all at the demo's launch.

"Owners of Battlefield 3, on any platform, who activate their Online Pass will automatically be granted early access to the multiplayer portion of the Mass Effect 3 demo," Merizan said. "There is no need to enter any other codes, the early access will be applied to the EA Account associated with the Online Pass. Note: BF3 Origin Customers automatically have the BF3 Online Pass."

The exact date of the demo launch will be announced in late November, and the length of the early access period is yet to be determined. Merizan said there will also be another program allowing players and fans of the Mass Effect franchise to unlock early access to the multiplayer portion with no purchase necessary – this will also be announced in late November or early December.

Merizan also added that there will be a tool posted on allowing players to check if their EA account has been granted the early access.

Mass Effect 3 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC will arrive on store shelves March 6, 2012.

  • shloader
    Mass Effect is hard for me to put down until I'm actually done with the game.. or accomplished something major. A Demo, I'm afraid, would just leave me feeling teased... and I hate being teased. But it's good they do this considering some of the minor blunders as of late.
  • demonhorde665
    im a little scared of this using EA origin myself . I loved mass effect 1 adn 2 , I got ME 1 on steam so no DRM on it other than steam , mass effect 2 using a differnt system other than securom so i was ok with buyign it in the box , but i really don't need another game store for my pc , i already got steam , and Ms's crappy GFWL i doubt origin can do better than those two.
  • Wish I Was Wealthy
    It's good, another one to play. When it comes out, it'll give me something to do.
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Sick of EA/BioWare stressing multiplayer in ME3, Mass Effect is about single player and adding/emphasizing multiplayer in ME3 will only get the ME players pissed off. BioWare said they want CoD audience... first, that shows how low they're falling and second, they won't get it, CoD audience they're referring to is mostly a bunch of trigger-happy kids. I really hate how BioWare says that ME3 is a "good starting point" and how it doesn't matter if you've played ME1/2 or not... shows where the whole thing is going: ignore most of the decisions in ME1/2 so that the game doesn't seem to confusing to new buyers.
  • kcorp2003
    Bring it on!
  • Awesome! More games should have pre release demos. It would go a long way to making Origin not suck so much if EA put up pre-release demos for every game they make. Hell BF3 should have one right now, Caspian Border map MP only, like BF 1942 with Wake back in the day.
  • Boycotting me3 until they offer a ME2 dlc bundle for pc at some kinda recuded price. Asking 2x as much for the DLC as the entire game has cost for a year or 2 now is retarded. Especially when the dlc is only mabye 1/10th the content of the game, yet they want almost 2x as much as the game itself costs.

    Im not playing ME3 if i miss the rest of the ME2 story, and i refuse to pay what they are asking for the DLC. xbox 360 constantly gets dlc sales, but pc has never had a single one. PS3 got all the dlc for free except the last one.
  • cronik93
    Damn shame BioWare sold there souls to those demons at EA.
  • ZEPd3Z
    I hope they didn't get too distracted with the whole Multiplayer thing that They Fv
  • stereopsis
    No matter what happens I am so looking forward to Mass Effect 3. Love Bioware games.