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Mass Effect 3 Beta leaks online, Microsoft scratching their heads

Mass Effect 3, an upcoming action role-playing game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, was recently leaked and the game developers are scratching their heads in trying to figure out how it happened.

At the beginning of this weekend, a beta version of Mass Effect 3 surfaced on Xbox Live, offering gamers a sneak peak at the single-player and multi-player aspects of the upcoming game.

Take a look at a video that showcases the first few minutes of gameplay (check it out before it gets taken down by Microsoft):

BioWare acknowledged the leaked beta and stated that it was Microsoft’s fault for “accidentally” publishing the beta for those who had signed up to test the fall Xbox Live dashboard update. “We’d like to stress that the leaked code is in a rough, unfinished state and was not meant for public release. The content is not final, and is not reflective of the quality of the finished, polished game due for release on March 6, 2012 (March 9 in Europe),” BioWare stated.

Microsoft is already issuing cease-and-desist letters to those who are hosting the leaked content, including spoilers. You can be sure that Microsoft is digging deep to find out who exactly allowed this sensitive content to be leaked, whether it was an accident or not.

BioWare is planning on releasing an official Beta in January with a release date scheduled for March 6th.

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