Speaking on its official forum, the game’s developer Bioware confirmed that when players download the demo they will be given a “limited time Gold access”.
No specifics have been announced, but presumably the download will come with a code granting a short amount of online access.
The much-anticipated demo of Mass Effect 3 is scheduled for release on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and PC on February 14th. It will contain a single-player mission, set early on in the campaign.
If you activated an online pass for Battlefield 3, the demo’s multiplayer component will be accessible right away. If not, you’ll have to wait until February 17th.