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Thousands of GameStop locations across North America will be holding midnight launch events for Mass Effect 3. BioWare employees will be on hand at a few of these locations to meet loyal fans of the series.
BioWare will be attending special launch parties in Los Angeles, Edmonton, Chicago, or Boston on March 5th. The details on each launch party are below. If you don't live anywhere these locations, you can watch the festivities through their website.
West Hollywood GameStop
7100 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Attending: Executive Producer Casey Hudson, Lead Writer Mac Walters, Voice Over Director Caroline Livingstone + Surprise Guests
Southgate Centre EB Games
5105 111 Street (near the south east entrance)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6H 4M6
Attending: Creative Director Preston Watamaniuk and assorted members the development team
The Brickyard S/C GameStop
6451 W DIVERSEY AVE
Chicago, IL 60707
Attending: Producer Mike Gamble, and Combat Designer Corey Gaspur
Downtown Crossing GameStop
40 WINTER ST
Boston, MA 02108
Attending: Art Director Derek Watts and Cinematic Director Ken Thain
If you're curious about whether your local GameStop will be open at midnight, check out GameStop.com's search tool. GameStop says that stores will be opening at 10PM for these events but you should call your local store to verify any details. Stores that will be selling ME3 without any sort of fanfare might be opening a bit closer to midnight.
Though Mass Effect 3 is the new release getting all the hype, GameStop will be selling three other new games on that night: Street Fighter X Tekken, MLB 12: The Show, and Major League Baseball 2k12. No matter what game you're getting, just make sure you pre-order beforehand.