BioWare Responds To Mass Effect 3 Beta Leak On Xbox Live

An egg-faced BioWare scrambled this morning to contain any damage done by last night's leak of the Mass Effect 3 closed beta to some subscribers on Xbox Live. The developer chalked it up to "human error" and ask that everyone please, please remember this is all unfinished stuff.

The beta was made available by mistake to those in the closed beta for the new Xbox Live dashboard. BioWare got the beta taken down and deactivated, but not before tonnes of screenshots and even a little video made it out to the internet. So now, it's time to unring the bell. Take it away, BioWare:

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!


    As has been commented earlier - this leak (the small part i saw) has got me now more hyped for ME3 then i ever have been by Biowares Marketing team so far.

      True, it's done wonders for hype, but it's probably turned more people off than it has get people to turn around and buy it. Which is sad, because it looks bloody amazing!

        I think a lot of the people turned away from the game are those complaining about the "action/story/RPG mode". Which is entirely silly, they are just options and they will be missing out on the Mass Effect goodness.

          Sounds like the names Deus Ex gave to its difficulty levels.

            Give me Mass Effcteusex!

              *Looks at Effcteusex*

              I never asked for this.


                Now I want to hear Shepard say 'I'll never stop looking...' !!

      Theres no such thing as bad publicity... The marketing team would have been jumping for joy while the PR department would have been running to ensure the integrity of the game is maintained..

    Mmmmmm scrambled egg

    I love the fact that no-one is talking about the multiplayer that present in the beta. I played a few games of it and it was kinda fun but the groups that i was in never made it pass wave 4 :(

    That guy in the other ME3-leak-related article that said he wouldn't but it due to the fact that because Bioware added a few new options they *obviously* didn't pay enough attention to the well-known stuff; and I was thinking people couldn't get any more stupid. Definitely getting ME3.

      That was me, and I didn't say obviously. What I said was I have real doubts that any game can really accommodate such distinct audiences - they'll have to pick one eventually. Its like those action oriented romantic comedies that basically flop because most action fans don't care for the romance, the comedy fans fail to see the humour and the romance fans hate the violence.

      I hope I'm wrong. That would be awesome. That said, I'm not going to pre-order either because the whole thing sounds suss.

        There is a massive hole in your argument. What you're saying is that Mass Effect 3 is like one of those flop movies that tries to accommodate everyone. All they've done is this; develop the game like the previous two with the combat story and the rest of the ME-common elements. They've made it as good as, or better than, the other games. Afterwards, they added small options (options, not necessities) to make combat easier whilst keeping EVERYTHING ELSE intact (where all that would do is change values in the game, i.e. enemy health, leaving the rest of the entire game untouched)

        Other option was the self-driven-dialogue, no? Just a small option that automatically picks (I can safely assume) a "canon" resolution (whatever "canon" could possibly mean in Mass Effect, anyway).

        They haven't sacrificed anything that you love in the other two games with those two options, and I fail to see how you can't understand that.

        If you're actually doubting the quality of a Bioware game you probably should leave. All of their games have been brilliant and if they want to attract a wider audience without ruining the experience for everyone else, I can assure you they are one of the Very Few studios in the world that can successfully accomplish such a feat.

          Ok, I can't debate this. Your obviously a huge Bioware fan (thats fine, so am I), but you've already decided the game will be brilliant. I'm hearing a lot of things that are giving me cause for concern. Not just the menu options.

          I also disagree all their games have been brilliant. They've made a couple of shockers. DA2 was probably the worst game I played this year (a somewhat high bar admittedly) and I think besides the obvious rush, the other major problem was the attempt to capture the RPG crown and the beat-em-up crowd.

    i love how their entire press release was about those options to basically turn off combat or story mode and how they will be "refined" but no one was complaining they weren't refined enough, people where complaining that they existed at all! Big bad slippery slope of dumbing down :(

      'Dumbing down' would be getting rid of conversation choices altogether. They've kept them. You now have the choice of having a dumb fun run and gun or the epic Mass Effect feel we're used to.


        The beta videos show that conversations are still as complicated as they were before.

        Heck, more so, since it looks like squadmates have unique banter with each other and with other NPCs.

          My concern is that whilst the conversations will be the same, they won't have much effect on the story. Automatic conversations will mean that at least one stream of decisions will be more fleshed out at least, unless the conversation options are truly selected randomly.

            It's most likely you pick at the start of that mode if you're a paragon or renegade, and it auto-selects responses fitting to that and picks the most direct path through conversations. Or in other words, pretty much what someone can already do in ME1 or 2

            You can also turn off the mode at any time by changing the settings.

            So it's not like someone is pushed into skipping dialogue choices just because they pick it at the start.

            Plus, we don't actually know what Action does yet. It might only skip certain types of dialogue that don't impact the story.

      It makes you wonder if we'll ever see a pure RPG game from them ever again.
      They've turned to making linear corridor shooters thanks to EA, so it can only get worse from here on out.

    Hey important to note- they still have the combat difficulties sepearte, like casual to insanity so don't panic.
    this is just a mode for specific audiences- the action mode takes away conversation choice to appeal to halo fans and the like
    the rpg mode is the normal expenice
    the story one whatever its called is just for those who want to see what happens without the game being too hard

      When you say normal mode do you mean ME1 normal or ME2 normal because ME2 normal was action mode

    I love all the 'leaks' we get these days. Just let a small 'accidental' release of the beta go off unannounced, and enjoy the extra hype and coverage that results. It's great marketing.

      Yeah, seeing as how a lot of the discussion has been fairly moderate with only a few people voicing concern over things they've seen. It's even doing better than the 'official' beta of Battlefield 3. That thing got it's balls chopped after the first hour!

    In a time when drumming up interest through "Betas" in place of demos is becoming stale "accidentally" leaking something is certainly a novel approach.

    They're still standing by this being beta - that's the bug-fixing stage, not the "okay, let's go back and rework this entire mechanic" stage - so we should really be expecting a lot of the core-mechanic we've seen end up in the game.

    I'm not going to lie:
    It looks horrible.
    It's going to be horrible.
    I'm still going to buy it.

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