Mass Effect 3 preorders 'well ahead' of Mass Effect 2

BioWare's latest space-faring role-playing game breaks reservation targets ahead of March 6 debut for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

BioWare's Mass Effect 3 hits store shelves on March 6, and the game will arrive with momentum from better-than-expected preorder figures. Electronic Arts has confirmed to MCV that reservations for Mass Effect 3 are pacing "well ahead" of Mass Effect 2 at the same time.

Mass Effect 3 is proving popular at retail ahead of its release.

EA product manager Will Graham elaborated, saying the preorder figures for Mass Effect 3 have broken internal estimates. Graham also noted that players can expect an active marketing campaign for Mass Effect 3, including spots on television shows, in films, on billboards, and online.

The launch of Mass Effect 3 marks the first time an entry in the series has simultaneously shipped for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Mass Effect 3 is the final entry in the role-playing game franchise, but not necessarily the final game in the series. It follows Commander Shepard and a crew of teammates as they battle invading Reapers on Earth and in space.

For more on Mass Effect 3, check out GameSpot's latest coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

@Alucard_Prime Play Street Fighter for an hour or two, then play ME3 for the rest of the day. With GTA, ME3, Resident Evil,, Halo 4, Bioshock and so many other awesome games out this year, it's easy to forget about other awesome games like SFxT and Ninja Gaiden 3.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Collector's edition pre-ordered a long time ago. Mass Effect is easily my favorite sci-fi franchise of the past decade, if not ever. Lock & load on march 6 folks. Too bad SFxTekken comes out on the same day, I don't know yet which game I will open first.....tough choices for a gamer these days, lol.

sodiumpentathol
sodiumpentathol

I guess a couple of people didn't "get" my comment about Kasumi. The question remains however.. since when have DLC characters become a mandatory purchase?? If there is a continuation of a character it should've been included in the core game.

Shilleto
Shilleto

1 day dlc is the one we get free with CE i never liked DA1 so 2nd one i wasn't going to buy

weaponslayer7
weaponslayer7

This is why Bioware is trampling over its customers with BS like Day 1 purchaseable DLC and are now pondering ME MMO. Why can't you guys hold your wallets until the reviews! I for one really hope that ME3 doesn't turn out to be another DA2.

Arch-Stanton
Arch-Stanton

Collectors Edition means you paid too much.In 2 Years time it will be a faded memory in you mind and the game will be gathering dust on shelf , next too other worthless collectors edition games.

kuda001
kuda001

Tried to pre-order the Collector's Edition of ME3 a couple days ago and the store clerk just pointed and laughed at me. Ah well I'll buy it online.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I played the demo and I really hope I enjoy this game because this is the first in the series that I'm going to own on day 1, I usually wait awhile before picking up these game, well I kind of had to with the first 1 cause I did not have a 360 yet when that was out, but I have enjoyed every game in the series so far and it is to early right now to even say this going to be GOTY so lets all wait and see before we crown this game with that title.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I only pre-ordered the limited Collectors edition of this game is because I have thing for steel cases I just like them and most of them look a feel pretty cool and this is the first Collector Edition that I have bought since the year that Mafia 2, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed CE and Fable 3 CE came out, oh and the Dead Space 2 CE and I wasn't to impressed with two of them but I really like the The Force Unleashed because of it's steel case.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Can't be long now and we'll have DLC before the actual game. Rest assured people will pre-order that too ^ ^.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@valdips3 Yes, EA have proven that if you give them an inch they try to take a mile. This needs to be stopped.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Didn't pre-order. Nope. I'll wait on this game.

Spartan765
Spartan765

Didnt get the limited Edition..... :'-(

AmayaPapaya
AmayaPapaya

Well, maybe the PS3 helped. I pre-ordered it on PS3.

musalala
musalala

lol EA using spin its on more platforms this time

dstv
dstv

Didn't like the demo but i still feel good for them

The_GooBear
The_GooBear

@Philly1UPer The option's in the demo. It only appears to affect Dialogue and Character development not gameplay so much. ME2 was a big step up imo. It was just as much an RPG as it should've been and the shooting mechanics were much cleaner. I'd like to see a little bit more options in dev but the gameplay needs to stay where it is.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@raahsnavj They did announce three different game modes you can choose to play with for ME3, one of them being RPG Mode which is what they say would appeal more to the ME1 players.

the4sakenone
the4sakenone

@Llama345 Your profile picture is awesome.

Paoksis
Paoksis

with such a marketing campaign,it would be a failure for this not to happen.I am just hoping the game is as good as its hype is

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

So much money is going down the drain when ME3 comes out.

Llama345
Llama345

@mjc0961 My point is that they are going to make more in the days after release. If you think these are 'limited' you are probably the same person who watches QVC and buys the 'limited edition' coins they try to sell on there. First rule of collecting if someone says that something is collectable then it probably isn't

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

Well ahead because of their mishap with providing a free copy of BF3 in a 2-day period

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

It is ME4 that will really determine if they took this the right direction. They hooked a few people with ME1. Then extended it out to more people buy focusing on action and less on RPG. RPG people still bought it though. With the 3rd they are opening it up to those that play online now too... all three types of genre players are vested in the series and want to see what happens next. Me though, I felt like they took it the wrong direction and I'll probably get it out of the bargin bin though because I want to see how they end the trilogy. After the 2nd, and the announcements they have made so far about 3 I don't have much interest in getting ripped off by EA again.

sodiumpentathol
sodiumpentathol

Who the hell is Kasumi.. and why is she in my game!!? o.O

bigj255
bigj255

holy crap a threshermaw versus a reaper AWESOME!!!!

kca89
kca89

Hope its good although I plan on waiting to buy this well down the road when the price has dropped and they sell a 'goty' edition.

DarthLod
DarthLod

Pity I wont be able to get the collectors edition, or any edition, since losing my job. : /

GKRider
GKRider

the anticipation is killing me...

valdips3
valdips3

Boycote, Bargain Bin or Used, this is what in my opnion Bioware and EA deserves, what's next? pay 5$ on day one DLC to costumize Shepard class? or 10$ day one DLC for chose the destination of the Normandy on the Space Map, this cannot go ON!!!

mdboomer
mdboomer

Pre-ordered the CE for quite some time. Bioware rarely dissapoints its fans.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@mjc0961 Not much of a collectors item, when most of the package is digital.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Well shouldn't it, since there is an extra platform this time? Even if they are including the PS3 port preorders, this time, its all being released at once and the PS3 version AND used copies across all platforms, grew the audience.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Gee i wonder why i mean ME2 came out on PC and 360 and PS3 a year later and this time all of em at the same time, this is amazing!

abdou
abdou

Its called Collector's Edition for a reason, its meant for people who like to collect rare/limited editions of video games. You had plenty of time to pre-order a copy, I placed mine months ago.

Paradoxal1
Paradoxal1

can't wait for the n7 collection

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Pretty much the week they unveiled the different packages for the game I went out and reserved the CE of the game. Mass Effect 3 will be the only CE I'll be getting this year though. It also doesn't surprise me that orders for ME3 CE top those of ME2.....

Llama345
Llama345

@Philly1UPer lol yea man i wanted that dog!

RadView
RadView

@SirNormanislost @SaltyMeatballs Exactly...

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

And for your sake Bioware, if I were you, I release Mass Effect 3 as early as possible for those who pre-order it. Bioware did release Star Wars: The Old Republic early for the pre-order people.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Llama345 Dont worry, they will release all the DLC with it as DLC a month after the game comes out. Im not saying this to be a douche ether, look at the exclusive pre order DLC for RDR and Batman AC. Sucks you can't get the collectibles though.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

"Mass Effect 3 preorders 'well ahead' of Mass Effect 2" ....well ofc they are its coming to the PS3 at the same time as xbox and PC this time

paxis85
paxis85

i jumped in on this too and i can't wait. this is going to be epic if the demo's anything to go by :D

Llama345
Llama345

I didn't attempt to pre-order the CE until about two weeks ago and it was 'sold out'. I don't normally pre-order, let alone pre-order CE, but it really irked me that they claim, "We cannot make anymore copies." So you're telling me that you physically cannot call in the publisher and say hey, uh we like money and would like you to make another 50k CE. So you dont want my extra money? Maybe I'll wait to buy the game used and then you can stick it.

Raeldor
Raeldor

I hope they put their best guys on this. If this turns out great, it could be the best game trilogy of all time.

PrplMnkyDshwsr7
PrplMnkyDshwsr7

Had on pre-order since last summer and now roughly a week before I find my self filled more with a sense of fear then excitement.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I'm excited to finish the story, and was very surprised and pleased with the multiplayer demo. Definitely feeling positive about this. Looking forward to 3/6.