Mass Effect 3 demo coming in January

The final installment of BioWare's Mass Effect trilogy won't begin until March 6th of next year, but you'll be able to get an early look via a pre-release downloadable demo. The Mass Effect 3 sampler will give you access to a portion of both the single and newly announced multiplayer offerings.

While a date has yet to be set for the demo, there are a few ways you can guarantee early access to everything it has to offer.

You can guarantee early access to the multiplayer demo by registering the online pass included with Battlefield 3 on any platform. "There is no need to enter any other codes," a Q&A on BioWare's website details. "The early access will be applied to the EA Account associated with the Online Pass." Of course, Origin customers will "automatically" gain access.

If you're not interested in playing DICE's upcoming shooter, there will be other ways of unlocking early access with no purchase necessary. "This will also be announced in late November or early December."