Over the weekend, Xbox Live members who signed up for the beta of the new Xbox Live Dashboard were accidentally given access to an unfinished private beta version of Mass Effect 3, reportedly used for internal testing. This content has since been removed and deactivated.
Details emerged about possible multiplayer modes including Action mode, Story mode and RPG mode, which according to Mass Effect 3 producer Jesse Houston 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".
Bioware is also said to be investigating the leak of single player content, after spoilers showed up in a thread on NeoGAF that has since been removed due to a Cease and Desist notice. It is said that BioWare.ru, a Russian fansite, extracted the files from the leaked beta and published them online.
In a further statment from Houston, he informs that "even though the information in those files is out of date and does not reflect the final story experience, we urge fans not to read them if they want to experience the purest form of the story in Mass Effect 3."
Mass Effect 3 is due to be released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012.