Mass Effect 3 Demo coming next month

As the late Los Angeles native torch singer Etta James longingly sang, “at last…” Yesterday EA Games announced the release date for the upcoming Mass Effect 3 demo.   The highly anticipated finale won’t be out until March 6th 2012 but the demo for Mass Effect 3 will be released on February 14, 2012 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms.  Surprisingly, there will be a single player and multiplayer aspect to the demo.

There are two sections in the Mass Effect 3 demo, both included as part of a single download: The single player section includes 2 areas: the opening level featuring the Reaper attack on Earth, and a level further into the game where Shepard travels to an alien home world to seek their assistance in the war effort.  This will be approximately 1 to 2 hours of content. The co-op multiplayer section includes 2 maps: Slum and Noveria.  This section will be open to players who have qualified for the early multiplayer access as of Feb 14, and will then open up to all players on Feb 17.

The early access program for the demo’s multiplayer section begins on Feb 14, 2012.  To gain access to multiplayer in the demo any time between Feb 14 and when it opens up for everyone on Feb 17, a player must have met one of the following criteria:
Own Battlefield 3 and have activated Battlefield 3’s Online Pass. Logging into the demo using the EA Origin Account linked to that Online Pass will automatically unlock the multiplayer section of the demo.  If you have activated your Battlefield 3 online pass, the multiplayer section of the demo will be unlocked for you when the demo goes live.  For everyone else, EA has promised an additional early access program that will be announced on Feb 7, 2012.

All six classes from the full game will be included in the demo: Soldier, Vanguard, Sentinel, Engineer, Infiltrator and Adept.  Players will also be able to create a male or female Shepard, customize their appearance, and level up their character’s abilities and powers.  Unfortunately, the Mass Effect 3 co-op multiplayer will not be able to be played split-screen, as the co-op multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 is online only.  There will also be no import save feature for the demo.

The Xbox 360 version of Mass Effect 3 features an exclusive voice command feature via the Kinect Sensor and the Xbox 360 demo of Mass Effect 3 will support Kinect functionality.  The demo will have the same Kinect voice command language support as the full game: English (American, Australian and British dialects), French, German and Italian.  In-Game Text Languages are supported for: US, FR, IT, DE, ES, RU, PL.
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