Kingdoms of Amalur Demo Out Next Week, Mass Effect 3 Cross-Promo Announced


EA’s fantasy role-playing game from the super-team of Morrowind / Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore, Spawn creator and toy guru Todd McFarlane, and retired MLB pitcher Curt Schilling, is almost upon us as Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning‘s February 7th launch date fast approaches. Before that date arrives, players will get an opportunity to explore a bite-sized portion of Amalur.

On January 17th, a playable demo will be released across PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. This demo will consist of character creation and the game’s Tutorial Mode, plus a full 45 minutes to sightsee around Amalur. There’s more to this demo than ‘trying before buying’ too.

In a cross-promotion with BioWare, the upcoming demos for Kingdoms of Amalur and Mass Effect 3 will reward players with special bonus items in the other game. Playing the Kingdoms of Amalur will unlock two pieces of gear in Mass Effect 3 when it ships March 6th:

· Reckoner Knight Armor: This armor will maximize damage done in close-quarters combat while a beefed–up power cell feeds energy into weapon systems to increase projectile velocity.

· The Chakram Launcher: This weapon uses a fabricator to manufacture lightweight, explosive ammunition discs. This weapon is earned after completing the Reckoning demo and watching the trailer at the end.

And playing the Mass Effect 3 demo will similarly unlock a pair of goodies in Reckoning once the full version drops:

· N7 Armor: Players can unlock special armor inspired by Commander Shepard’s iconic N7 battle armor including Helm, Cuirass, Gauntlets, Chausses and Greaves.

· Onmiblade Daggers: A holographic blade stemming from Commander Shepard’s Omni-Tool, the Omni-blade allows players to stab enemies in close combat. Once players install and play the Mass Effect 3 demo, they will unlock the daggers.

Not related to the Mass Effect 3 cross-promo, three additional bonus unlocks will be up for grabs in the Kingdoms of Amalur demo, including:

· Twist of Fate Card: This card boosts the player’s ice resistance and is immediately unlocked when he or she activates the Reckoning demo using his or her Origin account.

· Twinned Souls Chakram: A unique weapon that damages enemies while boosting player health and mana in Reckoning.

· The Infernal Helm: Unlocked after completing the Reckoning Tutorial Mode, this protective helmet increases players’ fire damage throughout Amalur.

Clearly these are two demos you won’t want to miss!

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