Mass Effect 3 is fast approaching and Electronic Arts has started launching an epic pre-release campaign. On top of the bonuses pre-orders and the recently announced Facebook app will snag gamers, there will be plenty of new companion material to prep players before they take their final flight on the Normandy, starting with the recently announced Mass Effect Infiltrator for iOS.

According to a PR pamphlet quoted by Shack NewsInfiltrator is a third-person shooter that will feature authentic weapons and powers from the Mass Effect series and will tout “stunning graphics.”

“Inspired by the deep and immersive Mass Effect 3 universe, in Infiltrator players will help to free prisoners from a hostile Cerberus base and will receive rewards for collecting evidence of Cerberus’ crimes along the way. Every completed rescue and intelligence discovery in Infiltrator will increase a player’s Galactic Readiness rating directly through the Galaxy at War system in Mass Effect 3.”

The game will be available across the iOS board, including iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad, though the exact release date wasn’t divulged. In addition to the “Galactic Readiness” the game will provide, it will also unlock exclusive weapons for use in Mass Effect 3.

Also on the horizon is Mass Effect Datapad, another tie-in app revealed at an EA event in New York. Joystiq reports that, like Infiltrator, Datapad will be available for iOS, but only for iPad users. It will work with the console and PC versions of Mass Effect 3 in some capacity that has yet to be revealed. Be assured it will have to do with unlocking something within the main game. We’re also assuming its reception will turn out far better than the novel fiasco.

Those who have iOS devices, rejoice! Those who have iPads, rejoice harder! Either way, gamers will have plenty of ways to get a leg up when the trilogy’s epic finale hits stores next month.

Mass Effect Infiltrator and Mass Effect Datapad for iOS will release sometime before Mass Effect 3 launches on March 6, 2012.

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Source: Shack NewsJoystiq

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