Electronic Arts has announced that both a single player demo and multiplayer beta will be released in January 2012.
This was confirmed on the Mass Effect Facebook page, which announced: "It’s going to be a happy new year! Mass Effect 3 will have a pre-release demo in January 2012. The demo will have both single player and multiplayer sections, giving fans a taste of what’s to come on 3/6/12."
A BioWare forum post added "will be multiple opportunities to qualify for early access." One of the ways to get into the multiplayer beta is to purchase a copy of Battlefield 3. Players can also sign up for the beta at the official Mass Effect 3 site . As an added bonus, Battlefield 3 multiplayer gamers can also access a set of N7 Mass Effect 3 dogtags.
Mass Effect 3 will be released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in March 2012.