Several weeks ago, Bioware announced that it would be releasing a beta for its upcoming game, Mass Effect 3, in January. It would seem that it hit sooner, but not intentionally.
Earlier, members of the Xbox Live Fall Preview Program – a program allowing Xbox Live members to test upcoming features for the console – found that they were able to download a demo titled “Mass Effect 3 Private Beta”. The beta was quickly taken down and deactivated, but not before players tore it apart, posting screenshots and videos online. One thing the beta revealed was that there are three modes for the game that have yet to be announced: a story mode, an RPG mode, and an action mode. Bioware has yet to announce what these modes do specifically, but did say that more info will be revealed soon.
One other thing found in the beta was that EA’s online gaming platform, Origin, will have some sort of use in the game. While this may end up not meaning much, the inclusion of Origin has arguably dragged down the user experiences of games such as Battlefield 3; hopefully, EA will change how it is included in the future.
Mass Effect 3’s official open beta is scheduled to begin in January.