In an incident described by BioWare as “human error”, a private beta version of Mass Effect 3 was made available to those previewing the new Xbox 360 dashboard. The beta has now been pulled from the service, but not before people were able to take a few screenshots and gleen some new information.
‘Campaign modes’ are probably the clearest piece of news to emerge; methods of adjusting the single player experience to your favoured gaming approach. They’re listed as ‘Action mode’, ‘Story mode’ and ‘RPG mode’. Action will auto-select conversation replies for you and just lets you concentrate on shooting stuff. Story mode lowers the combat difficulty but allows you to manually deal with conversations, and RPG mode is the familiar convos-and-combat mix of previous Mass Effect titles.
In response to the leak, BioWare’s Jesse Houston has said this: “We want to stress that these features are still in the early stages of development and will receive considerable iteration and refinement. These modes are designed to give players an even finer degree of control over their game experience than ever before”.
Have a look below at some of the collected screenshots from the beta, featuring character creation screens, ‘Galaxy at War’ multiplayer set-up screens and some in-game action (minor spoilers will obviously apply here).