A 13-minute video of Mass Effect 3 gameplay leaked due to "human error" on Microsoft's end this past Friday. According to BioWare, ME3 content that was meant for internal beta testing was flagged incorrectly and sent to people who signed up for the beta of the Xbox Live dashboard update. While the leaked code was in a rough, unfinished state, a new story feature was one of the things that particularly caught our attention.
It's not up anymore, but the video showed various areas and characters in the game, including Commander Shepard and Captain Anderson during the Reaper invasion on Earth and another part featuring Shepard, Liara, and Garrus escorting the quirky Mordin and a Krogan.
"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," said BioWare's Jesse Houston on the Mass Effect 3 forums.
"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," said Houston. "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!"
I unfortunately wasn't fast enough to get to play the demo or to see the footage, but most of the ME3 community seems ecstatic with the demo. If you got to play it, what did you think?
Mass Effect 3 is coming out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on March 6, 2012.