Following on from the confirmation that the Mass Effect 3 demo was delayed
, BioWare have detailed exactly what the demo will contain when it arrives. Take note at the bold below (my emphasis) in case you're holding off for the 'main event':
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 single player section of the Mass Effect 3 demo is taken from the main game and therefore by definition could be considered to contain spoilers. The multiplayer section of the demo does not contain spoilers.
Up to two hours of content you say! This will no doubt tempt many in, but may also deter some gamers who have been saving themselves for the final release that will be so close when the demo lands. As for the multiplayer early access, BioWare had full details on how you could qualify for this honour, and noted that the multiplayer section of the demo would be deactivated one day before the title's North American release:
The early access program for the demo’s multiplayer section begins on Feb 14. 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 BF3’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. Note that you do not have to enter a code anywhere – if you have activated your BF3 online pass, the multiplayer section of the demo will be unlocked for you when the demo goes live.Participate in an early access program that will be announced on Feb 7, 2012 – watch this site for more details. The co-op multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 is online only. The multiplayer section of the demo will be deactivated March 5th
If you're of a panicky disposition, BioWare are enabling gamers to check their eligbility for access via an online form at the official Mass Effect website
. This form will be available from February 7th.
Whilst there will be no support in the demo for save importing from Mass Effect 2
, or importing a demo save into the retail version of Mass Effect 3
, there will be a host of options available to you. BioWare have confirmed that the full six classes will be available to players. You will have access to Soldier, Vanguard, Sentinel, Engineer, Infiltrator and Adept and it is confirmed that "players will be able to create a male or female Shepard, customize their appearance, and level up their character’s abilities and powers".
Finally, on the note of Kinect support, BioWare confirmed that the demo will feature full Kinect functionality akin to the experience you can expect in the retail title. There is a healthy dose of multi-language support too. If you need a reminder, check out this Mass Effect: Better with Kinect
The Xbox 360 demo of Mass Effect 3 does 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.Mass Effect 3
is set to release in North America on March 6th and in Europe on March 9th.