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me3-multiplayer-723x250.jpg POSTED BY EA Staff ON Mar 2, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Pre-Loads Start Today

With all of those gorgeous textures and high-glow biotics, Mass Effect 3 can take a little time to download. That’s why we’re providing a free pre-load period for all PC gamers who have pre-ordered the game.

New to pre-loading? It’s just like downloading and installing any other game. The only difference is that you can’t play right away. (That would, after all, be cheating). On the upside, you’ll have all of that downloading and installing out of the way when launch day rolls around, which means you can skip some major progress bars and get into the game sooner.

Pre-loading Mass Effect 3 on Origin is especially easy. Just follow these four simple steps to start your download:

1.  Launch the Origin client.
2.  Sign in to your Origin account.
3.  Navigate to your Game Library.
4.  Click the “Ready to Download” button on Mass Effect 3.

If you still have a question about the pre-load process, check out the Origin Pre-Load FAQ.

Forgot to pre-order? It’s not too late to get in on the pre-load action! Order Mass Effect 3 on Origin today and you’ll be automatically qualified to participate.

Comments (19)

  1. 0 0
    > Click the “Ready to Download” button on Mass Effect 3. Hmm... Where? Already 22:32 msk, but the button is still there.
    Mar 2, 2012
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      If you can't see the button, re-load origin (or go offline, then back online) and it should pop up.
      Mar 2, 2012
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    Oh I downloaded it alright, but it wasn't from Origin. Heh, heh, heh.
    Mar 2, 2012
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    1. 0 -1
      so edgy bro, bro, bro, you edgy.
      Mar 3, 2012
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    2. +1 0
      I'd lol so hard if they traced your ip, banned you and sued you right away after reading that "edgy" comment of yours ;)
      Mar 5, 2012
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  3. 0 0
    Is it supposed to preinstall the Day One DLC as well...? It's coming up with an error when trying to download From Ashes (yes I ordered the Delux Edition)
    Mar 2, 2012
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    1. 0 0
      Yes, it does automatically. Did OK for me.
      Mar 3, 2012
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  4. 0 0
    it says no where that i have it be it gave me a Order confirmation
    Mar 2, 2012
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    1. 0 0
      Make sure you are viewing "All Games" and not just "Favorites"?
      Mar 3, 2012
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  5. 0 0
    To late baby, already downloaded!
    Mar 2, 2012
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  6. 0 0
    It is 13:35 GMT on Saturday 3rd March 2012 and when I navigate to my Game Library I do not see a 'Ready to Download' button for Mass Effect 3. Instead it says 'Unreleased'. This is somewhat irksome as the whole reason I pre-ordered was to pre-load the game.
    Mar 3, 2012
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      Looks like a restart of the Origin client did the trick - the button now says 'Ready to Download'
      Mar 3, 2012
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  7. 0 0
    I am guessing this doesn't apply in the UK. I think we get it later than US people.
    Mar 3, 2012
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  8. 0 0
    Whoops, I was wrong it is letting us download XD
    Mar 3, 2012
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  9. 0 0
    If we got ME 3 on origin, does it unlock the same time as the US or do we have to wait for it to hit the stores in the UK before the digital one unlocks?
    Mar 3, 2012
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  10. 0 0
    I cant dowload the game, I can see the game but is fade.... and the buttons says "pre download" but is disable.... what happend ?
    Mar 3, 2012
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  11. 0 0
    Just Pre-loaded my copy of ME3 Yay! ran it and it saying it dont unlock till the 9th of March(UK) :/
    Mar 3, 2012
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  12. +1 0
    Some people become able to pre-load if just log out and then log back in the client!)
    Mar 4, 2012
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  13. 0 0
    can't preload yet. 10 am CST. WTF EA?!?
    Mar 4, 2012
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  14. 0 0
    So how do you pre-load digital deluxe me3 when you pre-ordered it last September?
    Mar 4, 2012
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  15. 0 0
    I got the pre-order but was unable to pre-download the game, as there was no button and the option was greyed out when I right clicked on the game. Customer support helped me fix this by leaving the "My games" screen (I did this by switching to "Store"), click the gear button and select "Reload My Games". Go back to "My games", right click, and there it was. Note that simply hitting "Reload My Games" while on the "My Games" screen didn't work.
    Mar 5, 2012
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    Mar 7, 2012
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      i been banned but i don't no how 2 hack so can yu put my drive back in the game ill don't even hack
      Aug 18, 2012
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  17. +2 0
    Still waiting for DLC code for AT12 raider shotgun. I pre-ordered from Origin.
    Mar 7, 2012
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    1. +1 0
      I also pre-ordered from Origin, but I havent got any of the pre-order codes yet. Are they supposed to come in an e-mail?
      Mar 7, 2012
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  18. Comment Flagged 0 0
    trying to install me3. origin tells me of origin 8.5 update. download update and while installing update it crashed. now i cannot carry on. every time i try open origin iy tells me i must look for solution because origin stopped working. what now?
    Mar 9, 2012
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  19. 0 0
    I have been trying to buy From Ashes DLC through origin using my paypal, which has cash on it. Every time I try this it goes to a screen where it asks me to enter my PayPal details and after that it goes no where. I've been trying to do this for almost a week now and I REALLY want to finish the game. Can anyone help? I have tried to use the help section, but all it gives me, are the details of the dlc, no answers on how to buy it.
    Apr 3, 2012
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      I would also like to add, that I am very disappointed with EA and origin. I wish I didn't support them and buy this game.
      Apr 3, 2012
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