Mass Effect 2 'Shadow Broker' DLC hits Sept. 7

Latest add-on pack for galaxy-trotting RPG descends early next month at $10 for Xbox 360 and PC; content packs in five new achievements, new research, and the Shadow Broker intel center.

Last week at Gamescom 2010 in Germany, Electronic Arts announced that the critically adored Mass Effect 2 would be ported to the PlayStation 3 next year. But before Commander Shepard can grace Sony's machine, he's going to travel to the Shadow Broker's lair.

Last month BioWare announced the Lair of the Shadow Broker downloadable content with scant details. Today, however, the developer clarified the content much further. A post on the BioWare Social Network today pegs the DLC to drop on September 7 for 800 Microsoft points on the Xbox 360 and for $10 on the PC.

Liara and Shepard team up again in the new DLC.

BioWare also announced details on what gamers can expect if they choose to download the expansion. The Shadow Broker DLC will pack in five new achievements to collect, new research, and the Shadow Broker intelligence center.

Additionally, BioWare reintroduces players to Shepard's blue-skinned comrade Liara T'Soni in the upcoming content. Following Commander Shepard's apparent death at the beginning of the sequel, his blue-skinned comrade, Liara T'Soni, clashed with the mysterious shadow broker over the remains of the commander's body. And in the Shadow Broker DLC, Shepard and Liara will again fight together, this time, however, at the lair of the broker of shadows.

Lair of the Shadow Broker follows June's Overlord downloadable content, which added five planets to the galaxy, each of which is explorable using the Hammerhead tank, a vehicle first introduced in the game's Firewalker pack.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Phoenix6359
Phoenix6359

@Shika_Stoner, :lol: Awesome!:P If this happened it would possibly one of gamings greatest moments.

Shika_Stoner
Shika_Stoner

*Liara and Tali glare angrily at Shepard* Shepard: Umm...well you see...Mordin! Diversion! NOW! * Mordin Jumps in and starts to sing.* Mordin: I am the very model of a scientist salarian I've studied species, turian, asari and batarian I'm quite good at genetics (as a subject of biology) because I am an expert (which I know is a tautology) My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian, I am the very model of a scientist salar-Graaaahhhhhh!!! *Is cut down by a hail of gunfire.* Shepard: .......... O_o!

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

Hmmm I wonder how Liara is gonna react to my femsheps thing with Garrus. Could be that sparks are gonna fly... :D

Droverson
Droverson

I can't wait to kick some merc butt with Liara!! :D

Yusuc2
Yusuc2

Wish it would have stayed an Xbox exclusive...

isshiah
isshiah

i played it twice before the dlc packs came out so i've been waiting for this to arrive before i play it again. maybe this time as a renegade in a different class...

dentui
dentui

Nice.....Always wanted more to do with the Shadow Broker since ME1.

Rizer
Rizer

Wow. They've been really good about following through with their DLC this game.

organbank
organbank

@Spahettificator lol ammo clips are "stable", no I believe ammo clips are a backward step in technological progress. As the with the lore, the heat sink was meant to be a progression from using clips. Then, in order to make ME2 fps freindly, they introduced ammo clips in total disregard of the lore they had established in ME1.

rykh
rykh

I still feel that the shadow broker should have been part of the original game. The under tones of the topic are throughout both games and feel like a critical part to me. Paying extra seems, just not right. The other DLC I feel made ok DLC content. But the Shadow Broker subplot, just seems like it holds more of an important aspect of the Mass Effect world and the fans deserve to have had it included in the original story.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

@SicklySunStorm which would be a reasonable argument if this was 2 years later. However, this game was released 7 months ago. Also, if the DLC was supposed to be part of the original game they should have released it with the game - if it wasn't ready they should have waited until it was and then released the whole thing. The DLC is marketed as extras and expansions, and therefore was never intended to be part of the original release. So, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect PS3 owners to have to pay extra for these expansions like 360 owners did - especially in light of the fact that 360 owners are already paying £40 a year for the privilege of downloading DLC in the first place.

petey3
petey3

i hope they have a deal where you can get all the dlc for a discount. I havent played mass effect 2 since january and this is motivating me to blow the dust off of it lol

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim moderator

SWEEEET! New DLC for Mass Effect 2 = Happy Jim.

Trogeton
Trogeton

and NEW achievements YESSS finally that makes a dlc worth it in the end with the score to gain

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

@blackfray I'm sick and tired of people complaining that they are sick and tired of DLC. Like others have said, no one is twisting your arm into buying it. And really, how in the wide world of f*** do you know anything about anyone's creative process? How many times have we heard devs in the past talk about how they had a great idea, but couldn't put into the game because of time constraints? A whole damn lot. DLC affords them the opportunity to put in things they couldn't and even things they think of after the fact. It's kind of hard to put something on the disc after it's been shipped to get pressed, written, labeled, packaged, and shipped. Don't get me wrong: I know there a companies that exploit gamers with DLC. Activision being chief among them.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

I hope there are plenty of interactions between the two based on how you played ME 1. Otherwise, this could fail miserably regardless of how long it is.

Bubble17
Bubble17

Hopefully this DLC will be bigger than the past ones, and I expect it to be with the bigger price tag. But, that doesn't really matter to me, because it just gives me more reason to play Mass Effect, and I love playing Mass Effect. :D

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

hey funkydude31 take your flame torch and extinguish it in your nostril and while you are at it go take your own advice. I was asked a question and I answered...without flaming anyone.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

I enjoyed Project Overlord for what it was: It was a solid and interesting addition to the main game. If BioWare take the same care over The Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, I could see it being equally good. I doubt Liara will become a permanent party member though.

blackfray
blackfray

Alright enough of this DLC crap! it's completely obvious that EA(or perhaps Bioware) is doing this only for money. they could have added all these past DLCs to the main game and plz don't say these new ideas came to their minds over time, they had planned everything from the beginning.I've always hated EA and now i'm starting to have the same feelings for Bioware.

jazilla
jazilla

Does this mean she is a character I can bring in my party to other missions once I have beaten the game or just on this one mission in the DLC?

funkydude31
funkydude31

Geez, ive never seen so many people angry and QQ about actually getting DLC. Hey, news flash, you don't have to buy it if you don't want to, its not neccessary to the game and only adds to the game, if you don't have the money or want to spend the money, dont. Stop trying to make it our problem or making it the devs fault for actually releasing DLC and further enhancing their game. And for those stupid comments, the only games worthwhile i can remember releasing GOTY w/ all thier dlc were fallout3 and oblivion, but I bought the DLC before hand, you know why, because I dont want to wait a year and a half just to save myself like 20bucks. grow up will you @wwlettsome

FabledVeteran
FabledVeteran

This looks good and im probably going to end up getting it... just a problem that i deleted my game saves and lost all my data by accident and now have no 3 completely completed saves to choose from... im such an idiot :(

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Because I'm not interested in paying $85 for a game. And frankly I'd get just as much enjoyment out of the game a year later as I did by purchasing it at launch. Probably more so because I'd know that I got a great game at a great price vs. feeling like I got a good game at an expensive price.

ronnet
ronnet

@wwlettsome, why? Because you got to experience an awesome game more then half a year ago? All games drop in price and most big games add a good 50 dollars in DLC. This sort of thing is known in advance, and yes those eho buy it later on get a better deal. And those who buy a port later on (PS3 version) get that aswell. The same thing as last gen really, SP2 owners got GTA3 and GTA:VC both for full price, xbox owners got both for the price of one and if they waited 6 months then they got it for half the price aswell.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ solid20 I think the bigger problem is the stat system itself it's to small in the first masseffect you had far more options for your points for masseffect 3 I'd like to see a system in between the 2

solid20
solid20

My only gripe with the latest dlc, is that they wont raise the stat cap level. On a subsequent play through you max out way before the game ends, so all those missions earn points that go no where, and you cant max out even half of all your powers.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Wow I was so stupid to buy this game at launch. Won't be doing that again Bioware. I'll either be waiting for a GOTY edition or a big price drop and then pick up some of the DLC.

Doom_HellKnight
Doom_HellKnight

Been waiting for this for a while. Will be buying and downloading as soon as it's up.

acasero44
acasero44

Thats why i love my pc version of the game. Makes DLC sharing that much easier than asking ur friend for his account

mossongreens
mossongreens

This was a great story driven game...but it was not even close to being an rpg this iteration. This game had really dumbed down game mechanics and this dlc isn't going to change that. Finally getting to meet the shadow broker is almost worth it; but this game felt way shorter than mass effect 1...and all I can hope is that they were saving the best for last in me3.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@Spahettificator I agree, and it makes sense. Instead of leaving a solider with an overheated weapon and possibly a quick death because of it give him the ability to quickly replace the heat sink and continue fighting instead of waiting for the weapon to cool down. Further more one would think quickly disposing of all that heat instead of letting it bleed into the weapon and it's components would improve the life and reliability of the weapon. Or at least one would think. I mean sure, technically it's a step backwards conceptually, but the advantages are too great to ignore.

Spahettificator
Spahettificator

@organbank The change from heat sinks to clips was not destroying the lore of the game. It was a jump in technology within the games Universe. It's not hard to believe that within two years weapons had been upgraded to use a more stable system of ammunition, considering it only took three years to develop the Atomic Bomb once it was deemed important to a war effort.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Finally a DLC that actually enhances or continues the main story!

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@JangoF-76 - it's fair because 360/PC had the game first. Since Mass Effect 2 didn't have the DLC at launch, you couldn't expect them to sell it for half the money, knowing they were going to release DLC down the line, that would just be silly. Like it or not when you buy a game, most of your money goes on the fact that you want it now. If DLC comes out afterwards on a game of the year or re-release with the original title, then it's what is known as tough luck for those that bought it early. Apply the same rational to any object in a shop - if you buy "X" TV for £500 and it's brand new technology, you couldn't moan that 2 years later, someone else came along and bought the same TV for £200, because now it's old hat. That's the way of retail and always will be - you want something now, you pay the price, and you have zero comeback later down the line if/when the price adjusts downward.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

So xbox 360 owners have to pay for all this DLC, but PS3 owners are getting it all for free? How is that fair? Unless they adjust the price of the PS3 version to account for all the extra content - which they obviously won't do because it would make it hideously expensive and no one would buy it. Nowadays I refuse to by DLC on principal for two reasons. 1. Because, with the exception of the MCLA South Central expansion, every DLC I have ever bought has been a let down, and 2. because I refuse to pay for content that should be included as part of the original game.

Miroku32
Miroku32

@evaneself great deal, isn't it? Let's wait in the future and the same content will be for 15 or 20 dollars.

organbank
organbank

@uberjannie actually the heat sink for weapons was part of the lore of the game. EA/Bioware destroyed a great deal of lore in the making of ME2, just as they are doing with DAO2. So really, if you do know about the lore of the ME universe as you claim then you would know that the PS3 players will not miss much without ME1, as EA/Bioware don't even give a crap about it.

evaneself
evaneself

10 $ for 5 planets (maps) and a script.

Sindri0x
Sindri0x

@wexorian I am pretty sure Bioware confirmed she won't join your party, unfortunately. I was hoping she would too, but I heard that she won't; she just fights alongside your group.

wexorian
wexorian

and if she will join party i wil not make romance with tali :P

wexorian
wexorian

huh another reason to finsih game 5th time :D

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

oh more "Click Through The Movie crap"