Krogan are red, Asari are blue...
BioWare has announced that the first demo for Mass Effect 3 will be available for download on XBLA, PSN, and PC from the 14th of February 2012. The demo will allow players to experience the full game's Reaper-infested opening sequence as either male or female Shepard.
Players will be able to unlock special content for the demo by playing the demo for Kingdoms of Amalur, which debuted on the 17th of January.
The demo will also allow access to the game's multiplayer aspect, with gamers who purchased an online pass for Battlefield 3 being granted instant access to the service. Players who don't have one of the passes will have to wait until the 17th of the month to start lobbing singularities at their friends. This delay also removes the "but hey sweetness, look, if we're playing against each other then the demo really is like a date! Let's see if there's a restaurant environment setting," option from gamers with romantic events planned for the 14th.
Announcing the release, Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casy Hudson said that, "We are excited to be able to give gamers an expansive demo that will put them right on the front lines of this all-out galactic war."
"The entire scale of the game is bigger than anything we've ever done," continued Hudson. "With its intense action, deep customization and raw emotional power, Mass Effect 3 will deliver a spectacular action RPG experience to fans of the series and newcomers alike."
If Mass Effect 3's opening sequence is anywhere near as spectacular as that of its predecessor, this demo could be something really enjoyable. Will the omniblade be there from the start? How much of the story will we get to see? Will my boyfriend accept a tour of the history of Mass Effect with a free demonstration as a Love Day gift? Come at it, February. In the meantime, here are a few impressive screenshots to whet the appetite.
Mass Effect 3 is due for release on the 6th of March 2012.