Mass Effect 3: Heroic space-discs get stuck in tree, frustration ensues

Today's the day EA commenced launching Mass Effect 3 into space, allowing the hardiest of fans in six cities worldwide to get their hands on early copies that've been baptized in the cold emptiness of space. However, despite a successful trip up, one package of Bioware goodies was stymied on the way back down by that most low-tech of obstructions: a freakin' tree.

Above: "At this point," tweets would-be rescuer @TimGettys, "I hate evil trees more than Kirby."

The game's Facebook page tells the ongoing story of what happened next: having drifted peacefully toward a wooded area north of San Francisco, the spacefaring games found their way to a peaceful resting-place some 150 feet above ground-level. Attempts to MacGyver the game down with rope and a baseball having proved unsuccessful, a determined group have spent the day traveling between Home Depot and Mass Effect 3's new woodland residence.

Above: The Mass Effect Tree. This whole story's basically been an elaborate excuse to use that caption

At time of writing, the arms race between humanity and Mass Effect 3 has escalated to high-end slingshot-level; would-be rescuers report that “a guy at Home Depot offered to make us a potato gun” if the package can't be dislodged with sling-fired marbles. Keep an eye on the game's Facebook page or the #ME3Space Twitter tag for updates. This thing could run and run, so we'll pledge to stay with it all night - or until pretty much any other news item takes our attention.


  • lilbuddha - February 24, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    They can't ask for better press.
  • CharlieFockstrot - February 25, 2012 6:07 a.m.

    until someone dies.
  • JonnyJon - February 24, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    I live in Las Vegas and our launch didn't go any better, I guess it landed somewhere in arizona, probably about an hour drive away... no thanks.
  • BladedFalcon - February 24, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Oh lol. Anyone who didn't see this coming, raise your hand. *Doesn't raise his*
  • slimjim441 - February 24, 2012 10:23 p.m.

    I'm waiting for tomorrow's headline, 'Mass Effect 3 copy destined for NY lands in Atlantic.'
  • Hydrohs - February 24, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Why not just climb the tree?
  • H2A2I00 - February 24, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    redwoods are some of the tallest trees in the world
  • Shadow Of Death - February 24, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    Yeah, did you not read "150 feet"? That's the height of some 25 full grown men. Climbing the tree was the first thing that occurred to me (shooting things at the branches and box runs the risk of damaging said box and contents), but yeah....
  • tiben36 - February 24, 2012 4:41 p.m.

    wow, such a brilliant idea did they at least made research to find where these would land BEFORE doing this? in the industry, its like this, either you sink into the darknes (stupid) or youre being brilliant these guys are not even 20 watts bulbs
  • soren7550 - February 24, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    I'm hoping that for the New York launch, it lands on my roof, or at the very least, somewhere very close.
  • DonNatzi - February 24, 2012 11:51 p.m.

    As a rock climber, just friggen climb the tree. Take some rope wrap it around the tree, maybe get some shoe spikes if you have them, and shimmy up the tree. I've done it myself.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 25, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    Not gonna lie, this is pretty funny.
  • Salazans - February 25, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    They didn't pay the day one tree removal DLC
  • ChaosEternal - February 25, 2012 3:29 p.m.

    That made me lol. Nice one sir. :>
  • jackthemenace - February 25, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    This is the greatest news I have ever heard :'P I hope to god the one from London manages to float some 130 miles North-East to Lincolnshire. Then I might even be able to get it.
  • danboyle - March 9, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Hilarious Post!

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