Mass Effect Producer Comments on Those Pesky Leaks
Over on the Bioware Social Network there has been a panic about the recently leaked beta and story spoilers for Mass Effect 3. Producer Jesse Houston took to the forums to comment on it, so you can read what he has to say below. Don’t worry. It’s spoiler free.
Regarding the private beta leak:
As most of you know by now, this evening an accidental leak occurred of some early Mass Effect 3 beta code. Microsoft has advised us that through human error at their end, content which was meant for internal beta testing was flagged incorrectly and released to individuals who had signed up for the beta of the Xbox Live dashboard update. It has since been taken down and deactivated.
We’d like to stress that the leaked code is in a rough, unfinished state and was not meant for public release. The content is not final, and is not reflective of the quality of the finished, polished game due for release on March 6, 2012 (March 9 in Europe).
One feature that was present in this early build is a set of game play modes that are in development. In the beta code they are referred to as “action mode”, “story mode” and “RPG mode”. We want to stress that these features are still in the early stages of development and will receive considerable iteration and refinement. These modes are designed to give players an even finer degree of control over their game experience than ever before. Whether it be someone who finds the combat difficult but wants to experience the amazing story, someone who wants to focus on the action and combat game play, or fans who want the rich, story-driven RPG Mass Effect experience they’ve come to love – Mass Effect 3 will support all of these options. We’ll have more info in the days ahead!
Regarding the story leaks:
We are still investigating, but it appears that some internal story files have been leaked. Even though the information in those files is out of date and does not reflect the final story experience, we urge fans not to read them if they want to experience the purest form of the story in Mass Effect 3.
Everyone do yourselves a favor and avoid the internet until March. I’m trying my darndest to avoid anything too spoilerific but it is difficult. Even the Mass Effect Wiki has apparently been updated with some of the information, so fans beware. These aren’t just “Garrus decides he likes doughnuts” spoilers. This is game ending stuff and whole character storylines. Shun it! SHUN IT! Good luck to the folks at Bioware at dealing with all the jerks.