BioWare announces final Mass Effect 3 single-player DLC

EA says upcoming Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3 will be an "emotional ride with their favourite characters."

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BioWare has announced the final batch of single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3, titled Citadel, with the developer promising players an "emotional ride with their favourite characters."

Citadel promises to bring fan-favourite characters along for "one final, sentimental journey" in Commander Shepard's trilogy, including Miranda, Garrus, and Wrex.

The file size of the content is so big that Xbox 360 owners will be required to download it in two chunks, having to pay 1,200MSP for the first part and then getting the second for free. Citadel will not function on the Xbox 360 without the first pack.

PC and PS3 users will get all of Citadel in one download. The pack will be released on March 5 for $14.99/1,200MSP.

"When a sinister conspiracy targets Commander Shepard," wrote BioWare community manager Chris Priestly on BioWare's forums, "you and your team must uncover the truth, through battles and intrigue that range from the glamour of the Citadel’s Wards to the top-secret Council Archives. Uncover the truth and fight alongside your squad--as well as the cast from the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2."

In addition to Garrus, Miranda, and Wrex, BioWare has teased a return for Liara, James, and Kaidan in the pack's screenshots.

After players have finished the main chunk of content, Citadel will contain an additional hub to explore, promising both minigames and additional story content.

"When the adventure is over, reconnect with your favorite characters from the Mass Effect Trilogy, try your luck at the Citadel's Silver Coast Casino, blow off steam in the Armax Combat Arena, or explore and furnish Shepard's own living quarters on the Citadel. With unique content and cinematics featuring your friends and romance interests in the Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3: Citadel offers one final chance to see the characters you have known for years and rekindle romances."

"The team has poured heart and soul into Mass Effect 3: Reckoning and Mass Effect 3: Citadel. As the launch of these chapters near, the feeling around the studio is bittersweet," said executive producer Casey Hudson.

Alongside Citadel, BioWare formally announced the previously rumoured Reckoning multiplayer pack, which will be released for free on February 26.

"Newfound allies join the multiplayer war for survival in Mass Effect 3: Reckoning," said Priestly. "The Geth Juggernaut, Female Turian Raptor, Talon Mercenary, Alliance Infiltration Unit, and more take up arms to stop the Reaper threat. Smash your enemies with the Biotic Hammer as you lay waste to the battlefield as the Krogan Warlord."

"Wield 7 new weapons for multiplayer, including the Geth Spitfire Assault Rifle, Venom Shotgun, Lancer Assault Rifle, and amplify your arsenal with new equipment and weapon mods featuring the Geth Scanner and Assault Rifle Ultralight materials."

BioWare is now working on a new Mass Effect game alongside Dragon Age III: Inquisition.

For more Mass Effect 3 information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

498 comments
theCCyberDDemon
theCCyberDDemon

''When the adventure is over, reconect'' So we're going to have some nice time with the last dlc, while earth is being desecrated and the galaxy mutilated? It makes no sense to have a dlc that does not change things or add a sense of rush. I never thought there was a way to make one thing more nonsensical than it already was

ux1077
ux1077

unless they changing the ending, I am not going to buy, otherwise seem pointless

Nova_Prime_85
Nova_Prime_85

i seen more times than i care to see about BioWare "Promising" to deliver something & fall flat on its face, and here we are again, them promising to deliver (yet again)

absolutely zero faith in these jag-off's

david60639
david60639

If they had bothered to "pour their heart and soul" into the retail release rather than charging me for more content now maybe I'd be interested.

thehorror2
thehorror2

I think the real problem is that Bioware painted themselves into a corner with the ending. If this DLC comes before the ending, everything is completely invalidated. If this comes AFTER the ending it invalidates the ending itself.

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

I might actually buy the game now that all the DLC is available. After all the bad press I just decided to wait to disappointed (I already know how it ends) until I could get the full package. ME2's DLC was solid. Shadow broker was better then many of the sections of the main game in ME2. Actually the only DLC I disliked was arrival which absolutely paled in comparison in length and quality to the rest of the DLC (well kasumi wasn't much longer but still at least there you got a James bond style scenario and a new character).

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

Maybe they can now launch a complete collection of Mass Effect.

Shango4
Shango4

wouldn't it be awesome if EA filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and then sony bought EAware  then turned it back to bioware and rehire drew and remake me 3

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Given everything they're throwing into Citadel, I wouldn't be surprised if there was an all-cast orgy included somewhere.

But I have to agree that this does feel like we're being vigorously milked. I hope the main campaign has signposts as to where it fits in with the main canon.

jdc6305
jdc6305

Could they possibly have milked the fans any more? I haven't even played ME the dlc thing kills any expectations I have for the game. I would like to play it. I think the trailers look cool. But when I buy a game and can't get the whole experience out of the box without having to fork over more money it's just not worth it to me. As if $60 isn't enough for developers they want to milk us for everything they can. I'm 36 years old and just about done with gaming because of tactics like this. 

noclue_27
noclue_27

I'm so excited for citadel and reckoning, but at the same time it's kinda sad that they'll be the last ones. Oh, and female Turians!? Finally! :D

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

As much as I love ME and enjoyed ME3, I didn't get any of the DLC's for the third game.

It just feels, finnished...

toddx77
toddx77

This will probably be like Leviathan.  The idea was cool and if it was in the original game it would have made the story and ending better but instead it was DLC so its impact could only have so much.  This DLC will probably be no different.

Shango4
Shango4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTsD2FjmLsw

What to say...FOR ME, this is the BEST song in history of gaming and ME 2 truly one of the best games ever, memorable, raw emotions, fascinating ending, memorable locations and music or characters, perfect writing, plot, gameplay - this game is the whole package and truly the piece of art...i love this game i went through with all possible choices...ME 3 was such a HUGE dissapointment - for me, it simply ruined my feeling for ME universe thus i still rather come to ME 2 which is simply perfect.

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

Still standing in Life Support, speechless.


robertcain
robertcain

Does anyone know if this DLC will take place BEFORE or AFTER the ending? It would make more sense in my opinion to have it happen if you chose the destroy ending with Shepherd shown to be alive in the final cutscene.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Awesome. I really enjoyed ME2 and ME3 DLCs. (Shadow Borker, Leviathan, Overload, Omega etc etc.) So I hope this will be as much as awesome as they are.

peytonpanzers
peytonpanzers

Thank you Bioware,i loved Mass Effect Trilogy and i loved Mass Effect 3 ending even more,but i had concerns about not seeing much of Wrex and Miranda in Mass Effect 3 and now i see that will be fulfilled as well,just add new outfits for them,seeing Wrex in the same red armor since Mass Effect 1 is a little awkward.

predator7256
predator7256

Just stop it.....looks pathetic after a big screw up!

MarcusFeelius
MarcusFeelius

There goes EA again with their DLC money whoring.

Shango4
Shango4

@ux1077 they are not changing their artistic integrity 

Shango4
Shango4

@Nova_Prime_85 thats casey who is promising all of this and bioware got turned into EAware after dragon age 2

X-Robert
X-Robert

Well pal, it you like the Kasumi DLC, then you are going to love this Citdatel.

Meatbrawl
Meatbrawl

@Atombomb1981 Maybe they release and incomplete collection, which doesn't include the last mission :D It'd sell better... and mod support for xbox...

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

@jdc6305 I would normally agree, but having played through Mass Effect 3 already without any DLC (besides the free Extended Cut), I was satisfied that the game WAS the complete package. Bioware gives you a massive game that starts and ends on its own, and they put out DLC that are just optional cherries on top.

obriam
obriam

@robertcainEither Ian, from gameranx, was drunk when he wrote that article, or they have an internal source and they are 100% right!

RadPro
RadPro

@predator7256 Don't like it? Then don't buy it, simple as that. Personally, what I find pathetic is people like you who are still whining about the game nearly one year  after it has been released.

Meatbrawl
Meatbrawl

@Shango4  You know what integrity is?... if you don't:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrity
Now you can see that the ending holds no consistency with the rest of the game... meaning there is no artists integrity (in regards to the ending).
So to claim artistic integrity as a reason for not changing is incorrect, leaving the only viable option to be laziness. If you fail to see how the ending is inconsistent I can post some links... though may take me a little while to find them.

Meatbrawl
Meatbrawl

@InnerSenses  They are tiny expansions that you pay way too much for, the quality of expansions has gone to crap.. 

That they had to change the ending is not an ignorable point and fits in with the idea that they are just money grabbing, push the product out the door as fast as possible, don't worry about quality, just quantity and when that poor quality impacted on quantity they were forced to fix it, to make their game a complete package... these DLC's are just enabling more quantity and lower quality to be sold for a higher price... these DLC's could be included in the main game and no one would think any different... include them all and ME might even be considered a great rather than good game (and I give that only by ignoring the ending even after DLC)...

But hey everyone will continue to buy in to the whole DLC thing and let the quality of games continue to degrade...
DLCs should be a way for companies to add stuff on to their game that they think of later, not a way to pump out a game as fast as possible, an excuse to have an incomplete game, but that seems to be the way it is treated... Or random crap like a flower covered weapon for those who have money or an incredible love for a quality game and want it all.

I'll look to Blizzard and HoTS EXPANSION(!) to set a good example of how it should be done... they have no problems managing to make a complete package... You can keep your rotten cherries...

Shango4
Shango4

@HazeChimp this game series could have beat halo if it wasn't for hack,casey,and EA it would have happend.

robertcain
robertcain

@obriam @robertcain Great!!! This is one DLC for Mass Effect 3 that might actually be worth buying! So long as Bioware is not restricted by EA this time!!!

unreal101
unreal101

@obriam @robertcain That right there is some high-grade trolling. Still, it's bound to get some hopes up. If he's wrong, people WILL show up to his house with torches, haha

Meatbrawl
Meatbrawl

@RadPro @predator7256 I'm pretty sure that ME3 would have lost money if people had been aware of how much of a joke the ending is.... and then I would also not purchase ME1 and 2... but seeing as I did buy them and Bioware and EA ripped me off I will continue to warn others not to buy it...  so it's not quite as simple as "Don't buy it"... 

Just trying to stop people from being ripped off as I was.

predator7256
predator7256

@RadPro @predator7256 Who talked about buying this crap and all??.....just commented on their marketing scheme and regarding my views on this game....don't get personally involved if you don't like it......I am a gamer and every right to express my views as I buy these games and the DLCs with my money......

ShamusZ3R0
ShamusZ3R0

@robertcain @obriam Sorry to burst your bubble, but as long as EA is still in business, they'll do anything in their power to milk this game for every last penny it's worth. EA is literally video game cancer. :(