Mass Effect 3 demo to include free Xbox Live Gold access

Gamers who download the forthcoming demo version of BioWare's Mass Effect 3 will also be able to take advantage of a limited-time trial of the Xbox Live Gold subscription service.

Speaking on the official BioWare forum, the studio's community coordinator Chris Priestly revealed that Microsoft will be letting Silver members enjoy the benefits of Gold for free when the demo launches on February 14th 2012.

Since Xbox Live Gold membership enables players to access online multiplayer modes across all games, the promotion will allow all Xbox 360 users to try out the brand new multiplayer component of the Mass Effect 3 demo.

The eagerly awaited mode sees players creating their own teams of soldiers and taking part in skirmishes to aid Commander Shepard's galactic efforts to defeat the Reaper menace.

Silver members will also be able to use the Gold trial to check out some of the service's other premium features, including access to online video and social media apps, as well as special deals.

Mass Effect 3 launches on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in March, with Kinect voice support offered exclusively for Microsoft's console.

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Release Date: 03/02/2012