February 22, 2012
As revealed last week, EA will be sending early copies of Mass Effect 3 into space. Today, details about the promotion have been announced.
According to a press release, "EA and BioWare will be making history by launching the first copies of Mass Effect 3 into outer space! Copies are scheduled to land in San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and cities in Europe, giving gamers the opportunity to track and collect these limited early copies as they touch back down on Earth."
The first two launches will take place tomorrow (February 23rd) in San Francisco and launches will continue until February 29th, when the final pair is sent into orbit in Berlin.
BioWare will partner with Dr. Ben Longmier of University of Houston's Project Aether in order to facilitate the launch. Students from Texas A&M's High Altitude Balloon Club will assist with the launches, which will use "high altitude weather balloons and specially designed payloads composed of HD cameras and GPS tracking devices."
Fans will be able to track the game on http://www.masseffect.com/space, and the first people to find a copy when the balloons return to Earth will score their own early copy of Mass Effect 3.
For more details, including the exact times of the launch, head to the promotion's official site. Mass Effect 3 will hit stores on March 6th.