Mass Effect 3 to be Launched into Space

Mass Effect 3 to be Launched into Space

EA will release advance copies of the game into the upper atmosphere

As fans of the Mass Effect series frothily anticipate the third installment's upcoming release, Electronic Arts plans to whet their space epic appetites even further--by actually launching the game into space. 

Well, nearly space. Before the game's March 6 release date, EA will tie copies of the game to weather balloons and let them loose in cities across the world. They'll be equipped with GPS devices so hopeful gamers can go online, track their physical location, then snatch them up when they finally make it back down to the ground. Hunting down an airborne copy will be the only way to secure an advance copy of the sequel, so if you're absolutely itching to guide Commander Shepard through another round of Reaper-whooping adventure before everybody else, best get ready to do some city-scouring. 

The game will only take flight over New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Berlin, London, and Paris, so you'll have to plan a vacation unless you're already situated within one of those. I hope for the sake of my own amusement and also possibly science that the space launches will attract so many treasure hunters that we'll see huge Mass Effect-related scuffles in each and every one of those cities. Somebody better show up with a video camera to document what might be one of the biggest battles in nerd history. It's not every day that EA sprinkles advance copies of the finale to one of their most successful series on top of six major cities. Let's get this one down for the history books.