Mass Effect 3 demo landing January 2012

BioWare announces prerelease demo of upcoming sci-fi role-playing shooter; single-player and multiplayer included; early access with Battlefield 3 Online Pass.

After suffering a delay last year, BioWare's Mass Effect 3 received an official release date during EA's press briefing at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, where the publisher announced that the role-playing sequel would arrive on PCs, the PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012.

Mass Effect 3 demo coming January next year.

Now, BioWare has announced a prerelease demo for the game in January 2012 via a post on the Bioware Social Network forums.

According to the announcement, the demo will include both single-player and multiplayer sections and will be released in all regions where the game is being released.

BioWare also announced that players who purchased a copy of EA's upcoming Battlefield 3 on any platform--and who activate the Online Pass for the game--will automatically be granted early access to the multiplayer part of the Mass Effect 3 demo. A tool posted on the game's official site will let players check if their EA accounts have been granted early access.

The exact date of the launch of the Mass Effect 3 demo will be announced in late November this year. The length of the early access period is still to be determined. The single-player section of the demo will be available to all players on the first day of the demo's launch.

However, BioWare also hinted that there will be another way in which players will be able to unlock early access to the demo, but that this will not be revealed until late November/early December.

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isshiah
isshiah

whenever unnecessary multiplayer is added to an excellent singleplayer game, a kitten is run over by a bulldozer. think about that, publishers that know who they are. also, americans should stop complaining about how expensive their games are. sixty dollars is nothing. i regularly pay the equivalent of over $110 US dollars on most games.

shibby69r
shibby69r

sooo... its january and we're still awaiting a release date for the demo?

xSpcManSpiffx
xSpcManSpiffx

i just don't care about the multiplayer. I just want to see how the story plays out and how it will all come to an end. Gonna be epic!

Granpire
Granpire

I just hope it will be closer to ME1 than ME2. I beat ME2's campaign totally, but by the end it felt like I had seen the same locations and enemies hundreds of times. The sense of choice(with a few exceptions) is quite limited as well.

Ryan-06
Ryan-06

Ahhhhh I need to play it soon to see if its good!! RGHH my green alien ding dong is TINGLING now!! AUUUUUURGHHHHHH!! *Grabs groin* I shall return to my meditations.

Bowserpwns
Bowserpwns

@Icehearted They only made you get emails from the people in the second game because if they did major story changes or scenes for all of your choices, the story arc in the 3rd game would be too big and diverge too much. It would take like 2 additional years to make sure everything was right. And as for the multiplayer, you can still get the exact same ending by just playing single player. If you are hating on the multiplayer just because it exists that is pretty childish, i mean, it is not a competitive MP. As for the DLC, the main DLC in ME2 (LotSB and Arrival) are there for people who wanted to get in more ME play time without having to wait for ME3. When you import your shepard into ME3 and you haven't downloaded LotSB or Arrival, the game will assume you've already done them anyway.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

i love you Bioware...............but not enough to buy Battlefield to play it earlier.

dkdk999
dkdk999

I'm not sure if I want to play this. I want mass effect 3 to be a complete surprise when I play it.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

What I find most akward, is them anoucing an early demo access to those who buy a shooter, and not a word about those who already pre-ordered the N7 or colector editions. I mean, COME ON !

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@Icehearted - I totally agree. If it wasn't the end of the trilogy I don't even think I would consider the game at this point. Between online, DLC and everything else they have done to the franchise I'm just hoping someone comes along and makes something like it without all the EA flaws.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I totally agree with those that say the is no reason to demo this game. Either people are buying it or not at this point. No demo is going to make people change their mind for the better.

crazychords
crazychords

This is the kind of game that doesnt need a demo to sell.

Ninjarjuna
Ninjarjuna

You better not mess this up Bioware, because I'm just gonna cry :'-(

Icehearted
Icehearted

Dedicated though i've been to the series, I find myself totally uninterested in playing this game. Online, broken promises, kept promises half delivered. Choices have consequences? Sure if you want to read a lot of cheesy emails that all basically read "hey remember me? I was {insert person's name and incident from previous game here}, blah blah blah, yours, that guy you may or may not remember from Mass Effect". And then there was all the DLC. I'd be a fool NOT to wait for some kind of GOTY or COMPLETE edition. I don't know, maybe I'm just frustrated with where this has gone. I think I was at least cautiously optimistic until they not only mentioned multiplayer, but then said that it affects the single player game. I think that was the final nail the the coffin for me. I hope this game turns out well, but it's almost as if BioWare and EA are dead set on turning their fans against them.

Strydarr
Strydarr

I just want the game itself. A demo is too much of a tease.

deathstream
deathstream

@ihl0700677525 You got my meaning backwards. BF3 is not the Halo or Gears 3 in my comparison. It is the Crackdown/Bulletstorm, which only sold as many copies as they did because the Halo/Gears betas were included with purchase. BF3 has been stumbling since the beta hit. Suddenly, less than a week before release, it is getting paired with one of the most anticipated games of the next 6 months? Seems suspicious, as the Battlefield brand SHOULD be able to sell itself. Couple this with making game sites withhold their reviews until release day and a poorly handled beta and there is reason for BF fans to be concerned that BF3 might end up being this year's Medal of Honor. That said, I hope I am wrong because I don't know how much longer I will put up with the silly shotgun-fest that is Gears 3 MP.

TheLawLord
TheLawLord

@ronnet You're right, most people don't mind mediocre gameplay. That's because graphics and other production value are exponentially more realistic. People can become immersed without a fun game at the core to back it up. I don't see games that way, but most people do. That's pretty much why I don't pay full price for games anymore, but I know I'm in the minority. All I really want to do is encourage people who are mad to actually take productive action rather than just screaming on a message board.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Hope to see this on Steam.

ronnet
ronnet

@TheLawLord, not everyone would agree with that it seems. I do, I found DA2 flawed to such an extend that it was just a boring game for me, one that I couldnt get myself to play longer than 15 hours. However many people don't mind the poor structure on which the game was build. The whole talk to someone, transport to a copy/pasted linear combat zone, beat waves of enemies and get a few gold pieces. Personally I find it incredibly sad that Bioware who used to make such involving and epic RPG managed to make such a simplistic game. Still, it was quicker to make and it sold millions, I can see how this si attractive to them. Seeing how ME3 is also comming out rather fast after ME2 I fear it has adopted the same design filosophy. As long as so many people keep saying how awesome they are, I dont see them changing it any time soon. And maybe people really do think DA2 was great, or atleast almost as great as Bioware's previous work...

TheLawLord
TheLawLord

For everyone saying that it will be great because Bioware is making it, see Dragon Age 2. That game had serious design flaws and was not worth 50-60 dollars. There is no guarantee that ME3 will be a first-tier game.

TheLawLord
TheLawLord

@darklotus1 Release date reviews for a game like ME3 will tell you nothing. Unfortunately, the production value and marketing behind the game practically assures that it will get rave reviews. The only way this won't happen is if gameplay is a complete flop. The reason is because game reviewers get flown in to some swank hotel and play the game on top of the line HDTVs with 7.1 surround sound and a case of beer. Obviously, under these conditions the games look great and reviewers have incentive to overlook anything but major flaws. The only reliable information sources are non-fanboys that post objective reviews on various message boards. Unfortunately, this means you have to wait to play the game and then seek out a reliable and well-written opinion. That's too much work for most people, so EA/Bioware can get away with selling games with high production value and mediocre or average gameplay. Although I do agree there is no evidence to show it will be bad, I am concerned that EA/Bioware is spending resources on something out of left field. I'd rather they just pour everything into the core game.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

while i don't care about the mp I don't think it'll take away from the game. do i agree with it? well, no not really. I think rpgs (even if they're more action oriented) should still be sp only. as long as tthe sp is solid and gives me around 30 hours of gameplay like the 2nd one did then i'll be fine with it. i'm more worried about the sp, as it looks like all they showed in one of the demos was the melee combat (which was kind of off putting since the game is not at all about the melee, but it's probably easy to not use it or only use it when really needed).

dereky
dereky

Just to let everyone know, Bioware has been working on the multiplayer component for Mass Effect since the first game's development. EA has nothing to do with their decision. Its just a Horde mode like setup with random objectives in some waves. If you win it helps your single player character. You lose, that hurts it. You play as a different character in the multiplayer so no 10 Commander Shepards running around. They are only putting it in now because it makes since now that there is a galaxy at war (Name of the multiplayer too).

darklotus1
darklotus1

@GFourteenM, BimboShaggins, and Spoons_Ahoy I would advise against letting the game's label decide whether it is ultimately worth purchasing and playing. I see far too many people making this kind of argument for Mass Effect 3, and it blows my mind. We have no proof that the multiplayer component of this game will be any good, nor do we have any proof that it will be awful. We also know equally little about the singleplayer. My advice, to anyone seriously considering this game, is to hold off on the temptation to pre-order and wait until some reviews trickle in, and you are able to make an INFORMED decision. Do not take this as "You should not ever be appreciative of a successful company", just don't let your faith blind you. This logic goes for any game, ever. NEVER let a publisher or developer sway your opinion of a game without actually doing research or play testing it. Sixty dollars is a hefty investment, and pre-ordering/buying out of trust or high expectations can be dangerous.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

I have faith that Bioware has rebounded after DA2. The fact the both DA Origins and DA2 both came out after ME2 and before this should be a good sign that ME3 is going to be done right. End it on a high note.

Spoons_Ahoy
Spoons_Ahoy

Bioware have never taken a step that was wrong. Made some bad choices that some people didn't like, but have so far been an outstanding game dev. They will not mess this multiplayer up, it will be amazing.

mercutio665
mercutio665

@ chilly-chill What do you know about how Bioware operates within EA? Obviously nothing.

BimboShaggins
BimboShaggins

I mean of course its just EA telling bioware what to do with the Multiplayer but its still bioware developing it, so it can't be THAT bad.

Pyerun
Pyerun

This is the last Bioware game I will ever buy. SW:TOR will tank, you'll see the subs after 3 months be tiny.

GFourteenM
GFourteenM

It's Bioware people...it's gonna be good...

Wolfgang0210
Wolfgang0210

Unfortunately I will be playing Star Wars the Old Republic, so I will have no time to play the game until it actually comes out! :)

marcopolo426
marcopolo426

I love the ME series. So it pains me to think negatively about it. But remember how Techland and Ubisoft started cramming in MP in Call of Juarez and then in Bound in Blood? Those two games had pretty decent story telling none the less. But when it came to their last installment, MP and co-op elements pretty much completely messed up the SP experience.

m4a5
m4a5

Guys, there are minimum 2 teams working on ME3; SP and MP. Its not like the SP guys are working on the MP also. They will keep the guys who specialize in SP in SP and guys who specialize in MP in MP. Basically what I am saying is that the SP quality will unaffected by the fact that another team is working on MP...

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Right.....like a demo for Mass Effect is really going to make me run out and buy a game I don't want. I already have ME3 on reserve thanks.....

TheDarkNut
TheDarkNut

You guys kept whining about MP as if you guys knows everything about the ME3 development, just have faith to Bioware. Which they assured as that MP didn't got in the way with the SP campaign. Cheers.

kaeyny
kaeyny

i really love mass effect!! fxing like it!!

kiopta1
kiopta1

Oh and whaaaa! to all the babies out there whaaaing about every thing....whaaa! I fee like Brian from family guy with the baby in the restaurant.

kiopta1
kiopta1

This is not a game I want a demo for cause i want to experience everything for the first time when i buy it nd play with my 2 sheppards.

jollybest1
jollybest1

@EasyComeEasyGo i agree but it is about EA , and EA can f*** this up just by forcing Bioware to do something that isn't necessary like mp which is an addition not bad at all but it takes time to make both parts good...so the concerns that some of us have are credible from my point of view....i have no doubt that Bioware will keep their game as enjoing as the first two but sometimes i remember DA2 which was inferior to the first just because they made the game more "consolish" , i think that even console gamers had some issues with that game because they did a few good things but more bad than good, making a game more approachable for console players isn't the same as striping down good things from it

Spotuser205
Spotuser205

@EasyComeEasyGo I just think that, if i want to play MP, BF3 can make that for me, but in the ME3 is too much, well just on the release of the game we can see how will be.

selbie
selbie

Now Im actually glad I preordered BF3

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I pre-order the Limited edition for Mass Effect 3 [since it is the highest LE you can get] so I bet that Bioware will be releasing the Demo early for those who pre-order the game. For those of you who are still pissoff about the MP, rest assure that Bioware has been working ME3 since the day that ME2 was release in January 2010 and they been focus on the Single Player. So there is no need to be mad at Bioware for there action on the MP and this is the last ME game that will focus on Commander Shepard after all.

Spotuser205
Spotuser205

I don't believe this, multiplayer?I hope this game don't become some kind of Dragon Age 2. BIOWARE PLZ CUT THE CRAP, YOU STILL HAVE TIME! D:

skunknuts
skunknuts

EA: "We need multiplayer in Mass Effect 3. It's what the kids like." Bioware: "K."