Multiplayer demos usually require a Gold membership to play online, however Microsoft is providing limited Gold access to everyone that downloads the demo so that they can test the game. Microsoft sent the following information to BioWare: “In celebration of ME3, Xbox is pleased to provide fans access to ME3 demo multiplayer for the time leading to launch. Xbox LIVE Gold gives you exclusive benefits including multiplayer gaming, member-only deals & previews, and access to entertainment with Netflix, ESPN, Hulu Plus and more.”
The demo will be available from February 14, but only Battlefield 3 players can access multiplayer from then, everyone else will have to wait until February 17.
EGM’s TAKE: Microsoft is really pushing the final installment in the Mass Effect trilogy, and allowing Silver members to access the game’s online multiplayer demo is a great perk. Considering that this is the first time that multiplayer has been included in the franchise a large test pool is probably a good idea. The more people playing the more bugs are discovered. It’s also a chance for Microsoft to sell a few more Gold subscriptions, since Silver members who the game may then upgrade so that they can play when the retail version releases in March.