Bioware scrambles to plug a Mass Effect 3 leak

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Are you in the beta for the new X-box dashboard? Chances are that you might have received an invite then for the Mass Effect 3 beta, which is apparently one of the most highly anticipated games of next year.

Of course, that invite wasn’t meant to find its way to you, and was a mistake made by Bioware, with the developer chalking it up to “human error”, before moving in like an eagle on steroids to shut down any leaks that might have arisen from their blunder.

With the genie out of the bottle, albeit temporarily, Bioware issued the following statement;

Hello everyone!

As most of you know by now, this evening an accidental leak occurred of some early Mass Effect 3 beta code. Microsoft has advised us that through human error at their end, content which was meant for internal beta testing was flagged incorrectly and released to individuals who had signed up for the beta of the Xbox Live dashboard update. It has since been taken down and deactivated.

We’d like to stress that the leaked code is in a rough, unfinished state and was not meant for public release. The content is not final, and is not reflective of the quality of the finished, polished game due for release on March 6, 2012 (March 9 in Europe).

One feature that was present in this early build is a set of game play modes that are in development. In the beta code they are referred to as “action mode”, “story mode” and “RPG mode”. We want to stress that these features are still in the early stages of development and will receive considerable iteration and refinement. These modes are designed to give players an even finer degree of control over their game experience than ever before.

Whether it be someone who finds the combat difficult but wants to experience the amazing story, someone who wants to focus on the action and combat game play, or fans who want the rich, story-driven RPG Mass Effect experience they’ve come to love – Mass Effect 3 will support all of these options. We’ll have more info in the days ahead!

The internet is already buzzing with several opening videos and more screenshots than you can shake a trolling stick at, with Bioware begging fans to remember that this is still an early beta of Mass Effect 3, attributing any bugs and poor gameplay to that.

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Mass Effect 3 launches for real next year in March for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Last Updated: November 7, 2011

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