As our very own Nick Jones posted, the Mass Effect 3 demo, containing a chunk of both the singleplayer sci-fi epicness and the co-operative online mode, will be upon us shortly, hopefully delighting gamers around the globe. But Silver/free Xbox Live members have been rightfully saddened by the prospect that without Xbox Live Gold they won’t be able to try out the multiplayer, and that because they’re Silver members they won’t be able to get the demo until a week after it launches.
But never fear because Bioware and Microsoft have teamed up to ensure that Silver members don’t get left out. Here’s Bioware’s own Chris Priestly to explain all the witchcraft involved:
“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.”
Now, before you get too excited to note that this Gold membership does not expand beyond the demo, so you won’t be able to go and play Battlefield 3’s multiplayer or access other Gold only features. For that you’ll actually have to purchase a full Gold membership.
What the statement didn’t make clear is whether those who download the demo will get the free Gold Promo until the game’s launch in their region (March 6th for North America and March 9th for Europe) or whether the promo would end on March 6th, regardless of your location. All in all, though, you can get up to three weeks of access to the multiplayer portion of Mass Effect, as well as the singleplayer.