BioWare has confirmed via their forums that everyone who downloads the Mass Effect 3 demo will be getting free Xbox Live Gold membership. On the Xbox 360 (duh).
“Many people have asked whether a gold Xbox Live account would be required in order to play the upcoming Mass Effect 3 multiplayer demo and the answer is- Yes, a gold xbox live account will be required to play the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer demo,” says Bioware’s Community Coordinator, Chris Priestly.
“Now, before you start ranting and crying and burning me in effigy…. Good news, everyone!The demo of Mass Effect 3 will include a limited time Gold access when you download the demo.”
“Here is the word I was just sent from our friends over at Microsoft: ““In celebration of ME3, Xbox is pleased to provide fans access to ME3 demo multiplayer for the time leading to launch. Xbox LIVE Gold gives you exclusive benefits including multiplayer gaming, member-only deals & previews, and access to entertainment with Netflix, ESPN, Hulu Plus and more.”“
“So now everyone with Xbox Live, whether you already have XBL Gold or not, will be able to play the Mass Effect 3 multiplay demo,” he concluded.
The Mass Effect 3 demo goes live on February 14, the Official Forever Alone Day (Valentine’s Day, for some of you out there), and you can download it via Xbox Live, PSN and Origin.
Mass Effect 3 releases on March 6 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.