Mass Effect 3 demo drops in on February 14

Mass Effect 3 is only a few months away, crashing into your living room and slapping you in the face on March 6, but you'll be able to get your hands on the game much sooner than that. Today, BioWare confirmed that a demo for the game was due out next month, landing on February 14 and granting access to a large chunk of the game that the developer claims will give players a glimpse into the scale of the war, which is enveloping the entire universe. Downloading and playing the demo will also grant access to some sweet digs to use in Kingdoms of Amalur via a sweet cross-promotion deal that has both games' demos unlocking items for the other games.

“We are excited to be able to give gamers an expansive demo that will put them right on the front lines of this all-out galactic war,” said Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series. “The entire scale of the game is bigger than anything we’ve ever done. With its intense action, deep customization and raw emotional power, Mass Effect 3 will deliver a spectacular action RPG experience to fans of the series and newcomers alike.”

To celebrate the announcement, BioWare also released a trailer for the Kinect-enabled version of Mass Effect 3, wherein you'll scream at your television instead of tapping buttons. Which, obviously, is preferred by everyone, right?

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