Mass Effect 3 to Feature Three Single-Player Modes

The leaked internal beta of Mass Effect 3, which Microsoft mistakenly released on the Xbox Live Marketplace before quickly taking it down, resulted in a number of people being able to download it. The beta not only contained some multiplayer portions, but also large chunks of the game’s singleplayer campaign. The beta was only accessible for those who got into the Xbox 360 dashboard preview program.

One of the more interesting things being revealed through the beta is the news that the game will feature three singleplayer modes for you to choose from. You can choose from action mode, story mode, or an RPG mode before starting your journey in Mass Effect 3. Here’s is what each one of them is:

“Action Mode: For those who want to emphasize action and combat and minimize story management. Action mode will set automatic replies in conversation and a normal difficulty.

Story Mode: For those who want to emphasize story immersion and minimize combat pressure. Story mode will set manually-selectable replies in conversation and a minimal combat difficulty.

RPG Mode: For those who want to explore both realms of story and combat. RPG mode will set manually-selectable replies in conversation and a normal combat difficulty.”

The three modes are “default” choices – similar to using a pre-made Shepard – you still get to decide how you want the difficulty and choices to be made before you hit OK.

A Bioware rep has since responded about this leak, confirming that Mass Effect 3 will indeed feature three playabled singleplayer modes, and assuring that this is just a testing phase and people can expect a much more polished version at launch:

“One feature that was present in this early build is a set of game play modes that are in development. In the beta code they are referred to as “action mode”, “story mode” and “RPG mode”. 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. Whether it be someone who finds the combat difficult but wants to experience the amazing story, someone who wants to focus on the action and combat game play, or fans who want the rich, story-driven RPG Mass Effect experience they’ve come to love – Mass Effect 3 will support all of these options. We’ll have more info in the days ahead!”

Mass Effect 3 releases early next year for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Some gameplay footage was also captured from the single-player mode of the game. You can watch it below. Beware of spoilers.