Mass Effect 3 fans can get game early ... from space

There's no doubt that Mass Effect 3 is one of the most anticipated games being released in the first half of 2012. Developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts will be releasing the third game in the best selling and critically acclaimed sci-fi action-RPG series on March 6 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms.

However, a very few but lucky folks will be able to get copies of Mass Effect 3 several days ahead of time, and in a very unusual manner. As first reported by USA Today, BioWare and EA will be attaching copies of the game to weather balloons in several locations around the world sometime next week and then launching them into the air.

The promotion says that these copies will be heading out into "space". Technically, that's not really true: the balloons will likely get as high as 85,000 to 90,000 feet, well below what is considered to be traveling in space. However, if a person were at that high of an attitude he or she would likely see stars, not a blue sky, as well as the curvature of the Earth; so we will let the "space" comment slide.

The actual balloons will be launched in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, London and Paris. Each copy of the game will have a GPS unit attached and fans will be able, in theory, to track the game copies on the official Mass Effect web site. Obviously, whomever finds the game on the ground after its brief balloon trip will get the game.

In related news, a new CGI trailer for Mass Effect 3 is scheduled to be shown on Sunday night during AMC's newest episode of The Walking Dead. You can check out a preview of that trailer below:

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chadlachlanross said,
Too bad about it not being on Steam.

No Steam, no sale. (Also for me; $60, no sale.)

Listen up EA. You've been losing sales on Origin exclusives ever since the start.

MiukuMac said,
I bet they're highly interested in the 5 people who actually care whether it's on Steam or not.
It's rather more than 5 people, tbh. I don't think it will have a large effect, but ME1 and 2 were on Steam - so people are going to wonder where it's gone.

DiamondFootprint said,

It's a fair point. Origin is horrendous.

There is nothing wrong with it. Other than being "yet another download service."

Just played through the singleplayer demo, It was good. Animations need work tho. As well as those nice smudgy textures. The story is the same old great action packed Mass Effect universe.

Come to think of it. I just can't see myself spending $60.00 on games anymore. Too expensive.

They tweeted recently that the PC version would get better textures

The Laughing Man said,
Just played through the singleplayer demo, It was good. Animations need work tho. As well as those nice smudgy textures. The story is the same old great action packed Mass Effect universe.

Come to think of it. I just can't see myself spending $60.00 on games anymore. Too expensive.

The Laughing Man said,

Come to think of it. I just can't see myself spending $60.00 on games anymore. Too expensive.

For what it is and how many hours of enjoyment you will get out of it $60.00 is very cheap.

still1 said,
I got stuck at a place at ME 2 and never played that game again... its fun though.

ME2 was great. I played that first a few times, then had to get ME1. Then played thru both a few times. Had a lot of fun with those games. Cant wait until ME3.

still1 said,
I got stuck at a place at ME 2 and never played that game again... its fun though.

How is it even possible to get stuck on ME? Sure, it's branching in a million directions but the storyline can't be more linear?

Breach said,

How is it even possible to get stuck on ME? Sure, it's branching in a million directions but the storyline can't be more linear?


Mass Effect 1 is understand able (I had some bugs while playing.) etc.

MAss Effect 2 only thing I know off that makes you not go on galaxy map is the dude that constantly needs to talk to you, in the conference room thingie