We’re still months away from the March release of Mass Effect 3, but key elements of the game – play modes and plot twists – have already been leaked online.
Firstly, a recent leak at BioWare saw the general public accidentally given access to an internal beta for a brief moment over the weekend.
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Blaming “human error”, BioWare has issued a statement explaining that the content was unfinished and “not meant for public release”. That said, gaming forums such as NeoGAF were set alight by the leaked information, which includes details of different gameplay modes.
“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 [in March].”
As if that weren’t bad enough, a second leak soon sprung up, showering eagle-eyed gamers with internal story files.
Mass Effect 3 producer Jesse Houston has gone on record, explaining that the information released is “dated” and may not bear much resemblance to the finished product.
Even though the information in those files is out of date and does not reflect the final story experience, we urge fans not to read them if they want to experience the purest form of the story in Mass Effect 3.
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That said, those words and storylines shouldn’t be floating around, and BioWare has issued a takedown / cease-and-desist order to NeoGAF, which hosted the leaked information. The website has since complied with the order, deleting threads, editing posts and generally cleaning up ME3 details from the forums.
Mod Vire explains:
Notice how the Mass Effect 3 Beta Leak thread is magically gone? That’s because Bioware has sent GAF a C&D over the heavy story spoilers found on the site.
So. That information’s out there now and it’ll be difficult to retract all of it (“Cannot unsee!”) …so – if you’re looking forward to experiencing Mass Effect 3 in March next year, be careful what you look for over the next four months. As a handy tip – avoid any search websites (including both YouTube and Google) which feature autocomplete. You never know quite what phrase will pop up when you’ve typed in “Mass Effect 3”.