Mass Effect 3 demo releasing January


As Bioware has previously done with Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 will be getting a pre-release demo in January, which will provide players with a sneak peak into both the single player and the recently announced multiplayer modes. News of the demo was announced on the Bioware Social Network with Bioware confirming that early access to the multiplayer mode will be available to anyone who has bought Battlefield 3 and activated their online pass. Alternative methods of gaining access to the multiplayer have also been mentioned, although no details yet on just what they will entail have been given.

The full Bioware Social Network forum post by Jessica Merizan, Edmonton Community Manager:

Hello everyone! It’s going to be a Happy New Year! Mass Effect 3 will have a pre-release demo in January 2012. This demo will have both single player and multiplayer sections, giving fans a taste of what’s to come on March 6, 2012. Be first to the front lines in the multiplayer section of the Mass Effect 3 demo! Redemption of the Online Pass for Battlefield 3 will unlock this early access. But rallying for war is just getting started – in late November / early December, BioWare will announce other ways for fans to engage the enemy with their friends online from day one! 

What are the details of the Mass Effect 3 pre-release demo?

•The Mass Effect 3 pre-release demo will launch in January 2012 (exact date TBA).
•The demo will include both single-player and multi-player sections.
•The demo will be released in all regions where the game is

How can I get early access to the multi-player portion of the Mass Effect 3 demo coming in January 2012?

•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. 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. 
•This applies to all regions where the demo is released (to be announced)
•The exact date of the demo launch will be announced in late November
•There will be another program whereby players and fans of the Mass Effect franchise can unlock this early access (with no purchase necessary) – this will also be announced in late November or early December.
•There will also be a tool posted on allowing players to check if their EA account has been granted the early access.
•The length of the early access period is TBA.
•The single-player section of the demo will be available to all players on day one of the demo launch.

Given that the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer mode has been a hot topic of conversation lately, it seems a very smart move by Bioware to allow gamers and fans alike a taste of just how the multiplayer element will play before the game releases March 6th. It will obviously also allow them to receive feedback on the mode, and hopefully address any glaring issues before the game releases.

Who’s going to be checking the demo out? Will you be looking at the singleplayer demo and bypassing the multiplayer? Or will you try out both? Let us know in the comments section below, or take the discussion to our official forums.

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Tash is a self-diagnosed gaming fanatic with a doctorate in Psychology. She's also a self-confessed Mass Effect fangirl and will likely talk your ears off if you ever get her started on the subject. A lover of all things RPG and adventure, she has more gamer related action figures and memorabilia than any 30 something year old professional has a right to own, and has spent more time than she’d like to admit to daydreaming about exactly what she would do should the Zombie Apocalypse actually happen.

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