08 Nov

Image courtesy NeoGAF user Timan (via 1UP)

A human error on Microsoft’s part recently lead to some members of the XBL Fall Dashboard update beta getting access to “some early Mass Effect 3 beta code”. Images from the leaked beta have since been posted mainly on NeoGAF (since taken down), to which Microsoft has sent a cease and desist letter. Since the initial leak, some story details from ME3‘s single player campaign also escaped into the internet ether. Bioware has drafted a forum message urging gamers to not read said details, for fear of spoiling the core narrative experience.

“We’d like to stress that the leaked code is in a rough, unfinished state and was not meant for public release,” wrote Jesse Houston, Producer on Mass Effect 3, on Bioware’s official forums. “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).”

A new feature revealed in the leaked beta was the ability to select from different gameplay modes, including “Action”, “Story” and “RPG”.

“One feature that was present in this early build is a set of game play modes that are in development,” Houston later confirmed. “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.”

Houston continued, “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.”

(via 1UP)

Planning on going into the net with blinders on until March, EGs? Any thoughts on these new selectable gameplay modes? Give us your thoughts down below!