Let's face it, you didn't need another reason to get excited for http://www.trueachievements.com/Mass-Effect-3-xbox-360.htm
, but here's one anyway. Downloading the game's multiplayer demo, coming out on February 14th (to early access gamers
) or February 17th (to everyone else) will require Xbox LIVE Gold, but Bioware and Microsoft have worked together to create a promo that gives all Xbox LIVE Silver/Free members access to the demo as well, which they can also download at the same time as Gold members. Normally, Silver/Free members have to wait seven days to access a demo once it hits the marketplace for Gold members.
Bioware's Chris Priestly announced it via the community forums:
Many people have asked whether a gold Xbox Live account would be required in order to play the upcoming Mass Effect 3 multiplayer demo and the answer is Yes, a gold xbox live account will be required to play the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer demo.
Now, before you start ranting and crying and burning me in effigy...The demo of Mass Effect 3 will include a limited time Gold access when you download the demo.
Here is the word I was just sent from our friends over at Microsoft:
In celebration of ME3, Xbox is pleased to provide fans access to ME3 demo multiplayer for the time leading to launch. Xbox LIVE Gold gives you exclusive benefits including multiplayer gaming, member-only deals & previews, and access to entertainment with Netflix, ESPN, Hulu Plus and more.
Unfortunately, the Gold access does not
extend beyond playing the demo, so don't expect the full range of Gold's offerings. The statement wasn't clear if those who download the demo would get the free Gold subscription until their region's release date (March 6th in NA, March 9th in EU), or if the promo would halt on the 6th despite your region. All in all, you can get up to three full weeks of access to the multiplayer portion of the demo, whether or not you have XBL Gold.
If that isn't enough for Mass Effect
fans, there's more over at the official Facebook
page of the game. Playing the social game, Mass Effect Mission Command
will get you in-game items and other game-related rewards. Mission 1 gets you a Normandy avatar prop.
The multiplayer portion of the Mass Effect 3
demo will be deactivated a day before the game's release.
Thanks to all of the members of the community who sent this one in!