Mass Effect 3 PC and Xbox 360 ports leaked online [Update]

Online piracy of console and PC games, especially major AAA titles, continues to be a big issue for game developers and publishers. The latest such incident involves Mass Effect 3, perhaps the most anticipated game to be released in the first quarter of 2012.

VentureBeat reports that both the PC and the Xbox 360 ports of the latest action-RPG from developer BioWare have found their way onto a number of known torrent file sharing sites. It adds that a hack is needed to play the Xbox 360 version of the game.

While it's currently unknown how the PC port of Mass Effect 3 got leaked, it's possible that the Xbox 360 version found its way onto the Internet via one of the copies that BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts sent out into "space" (actually up to a very high altitude via a weather balloon) last week. The promotion was supposed to be designed to give a few lucky gamers an early copy of the game before its planned launch.

It's likely that Mass Effect 3 will still sell millions of copies when it officially goes on sale Tuesday. However, the fact that full versions of major game titles continue to find their way to online piracy sites before they are scheduled to come out continues to be a large thorn in the side of the game industry.

Update - The PS3 version of Mass Effect 3 has apparently found its way on torrent sites as well.

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DARKFiB3R said,
Every single xbox 360 game gets "leaked", and it would have been through the same channels as per usual.

that's a fact as every 360 game usually leaks anywhere from a couple days early to maybe a week or so early.

it's actually easier to pirate 360 games than PC games since the 360 games rely on the fact the console won't play them by default but once you mod the system the games are very easy to use then where as a PC you have to wait for a crack for the games which could take a little while.

so PC relies on copy protection on the games itself where as the 360 mostly relies on that the console won't use them by default as once you break though that it's basically easy. although... once in a while microsoft will update games with new methods of stuff which could delay people using them for a while until new firmware is out but right now i can't see MS coming up with something to get around the current methods anytime soon as their AP25 protection is pretty much done for now.

DARKFiB3R said,
Every single xbox 360 game gets "leaked", and it would have been through the same channels as per usual.

Not so sure about the PC scene, as there is probably lots of random stuff that could fly under the radar, but I'd bet that pretty much the same applies there too.

The space launch theory is hilarious.

Yeah...it would be news if the a 360 version didnt leak ahead of launch.

The PC version may have leaked but there's no crack to play it as of yet. The 360 version on the other hand.... They say piracy kills PC sales, I find everything leaks first for XBox

heslo said,
The PC version may have leaked but there's no crack to play it as of yet. The 360 version on the other hand.... They say piracy kills PC sales, I find everything leaks first for XBox

But we still won't do games for PC because piracy kills ittttt!!!! Yaaarrrrrrrr!!!!!!

heslo said,
The PC version may have leaked but there's no crack to play it as of yet. The 360 version on the other hand.... They say piracy kills PC sales, I find everything leaks first for XBox

PC easy to hack, xbox well thats abit more work and you could lose you machine.

th3r3turn said,

PC easy to hack, xbox well thats abit more work and you could lose you machine.


With Xbox, there's usually quite number of games released before you need to hack it again. So just buy the pirated disc, pop it in and play. With PCs, not that easy to hack as we still need to wait for few days. Each time a new game is released.

So Xbox is definitely easier to play hacked/pirated games.

FarCry3r said,

With Xbox, there's usually quite number of games released before you need to hack it again. So just buy the pirated disc, pop it in and play. With PCs, not that easy to hack as we still need to wait for few days. Each time a new game is released.

So Xbox is definitely easier to play hacked/pirated games.

While some what yes! I understand what your saying, "once xbox hack away you go for life" My point is hacking a xbox isnt simple, and you do need to take your time. While a PC game you just copy the crack and away you go (when crack is released)

I'm still buying it. But... not until it comes down a bit or there's some silly sale a few weeks after launch. I am above bootlegging it, but not above shelling out 60 beans

Kaidiir said,
I'm still buying it. But... not until it comes down a bit or there's some silly sale a few weeks after launch. I am above bootlegging it, but not above shelling out 60 beans

Agreed. The Mass Effect games are ones I'm willing to buy, but I refuse to buy any game at full price nowadays, especially as I've got far too many unplayed game at the moment, so I'll wait a month or two and get it on the 360 for £20 instead of paying the full £40.

However, the fact that full versions of major game titles continue to find their way to online piracy sites before they are scheduled to come out continues to be a large thorn in the side of the game industry.

And it'll remain a thorn in EA's side(even more so than usual) as long as they continue to work against pc gamers by forcing their origin trash onto us without any legitimate reason. That very problem alone forced alot of people who would buy it, to go to piracy instead.

Blackhearted said,

And it'll remain a thorn in EA's side(even more so than usual) as long as they continue to work against pc gamers by forcing their origin trash onto us without any legitimate reason. That very problem alone forced alot of people who would buy it, to go to piracy instead.

How do you know that though? Origin has been quite successful and it'll be even more successful with the release of Mass Effect 3. And I don't see how EA is working against PC gaming. I believe they've been working for PC gaming. The recent PC versions of their games have been great. Is it bad because some titles aren't available on Steam? I guess I'll never understand the hatred for Origin.

Majesticmerc said,
To be fair, Origin isn't that bad. It's not Steam, that's for sure, but it's not as bad as other DRM that has been employed in the past.

What's wrong with Steam? I keep hearing people complain about it but with nearly 300 titles in my library, I've never had an issue.

briangw said,

What's wrong with Steam? I keep hearing people complain about it but with nearly 300 titles in my library, I've never had an issue.

I meant it as in "Origin isn't that bad. It's not as good as Steam, that's for sure, blah blah". I love steam

Anaron said,
How do you know that though? Origin has been quite successful and it'll be even more successful with the release of Mass Effect 3. And I don't see how EA is working against PC gaming. I believe they've been working for PC gaming. The recent PC versions of their games have been great. Is it bad because some titles aren't available on Steam? I guess I'll never understand the hatred for Origin.

The fact the EA have decided to make there #1 titles on a product people dont want to use is what makes me hate EA I don't want 2-3 or 4 clients installed, just to play games, why cant i have one client, BTW i used to pirate game alot, but cause of steam i stopped, steam bough cheap prices and i felt that was a great way to get people buying games.

th3r3turn said,

The fact the EA have decided to make there #1 titles on a product people dont want to use is what makes me hate EA I don't want 2-3 or 4 clients installed, just to play games, why cant i have one client, BTW i used to pirate game alot, but cause of steam i stopped, steam bough cheap prices and i felt that was a great way to get people buying games.

What does that mean though? Origin has been a success so people are using it. I'm not trying to be disrespectful but if you want to play, you'll have to use what's available. It seems to me that some people are forgetting about PC gaming before Steam. It's not like one more digital distribution platform is going to kill you. I really don't see the big deal. And don't get me wrong, I'd love to have all my games on a single digital distribution platform. I'd also love to have telekinetic powers as well as the ability to fly.

no problemo .. I bought the collectors edition PC but no reason what so ever in not getting say "another" version through "other means" and on other "media"

DKAngel ...hope you wrong ... hope the ME3 is not a port of the xbox/ps3 otherwise I will be ****ed as the game must be a PC and all other can suck balls

I really don't get how these things get leaked... why are dishonest people getting access to copies of such major releases. If it's not dishonest people then why are people so careless about such things? Can someone explain, I really can't understand this.

as far as cracks go, developers shouldn't be releasing things that have no multiplayer. just include multiplayer in your games and people will buy it(assuming it's good).... right? or am i missing something again?

$60, Day 1 DLC of an important part of the ME storyline, and Origin exclusive. (no FoV adjustment too afaik)

The only reason I'd buy it is for the multiplayer.. at half price, at least. (Provided they fixed the fact that you can mod multiplayer and cheat to your heart's content.)

Still need to finish the first two games though..

they are charging an insane amount here, (the equivalent of USD $120) for the standard edition, so sorry, that's not fare, long life to the crackers....

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