Mass Effect 2 welcoming Overlord DLC in June

BioWare calls five-planet expansion "biggest downloadable content pack yet"; will pit players against rogue geth and an evil AI.

Though it hasn't received a full-fledged expansion like its sibling Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2 has been getting a steady stream of smaller-scale downloadable content since it went on sale in January. At a recent London press event, publisher Electronic Arts showed off the latest add-on for the sci-fi role-playing game, titled Overlord.

As outlined in GameSpot's brand-new preview, Overlord will be the fifth story-driven DLC for Mass Effect 2, following the Normandy Crash Site, Zaeed's "Price of Revenge" loyalty mission, five-mission Firewalker Pack (with new tank vehicle), and Kasumi's "Stolen Memory" loyalty mission. The first and last of those add-ons both added a new crew member and new weaponry to the game.

The latest Mass Effect 2 DLC doesn't exactly welcome humanity's robot overlords.

Due out in June, Overlord is being billed by developer BioWare as the "biggest downloadable content pack yet" for Mass Effect 2, which has sold over 1.6 million units in North America and Europe. Costing 560 Microsoft points or $7/£4.80, it will add five planets to the in-game galactic map, each of which can be explored with the hammerhead tank that was first featured in the Firewalker pack.

BioWare reps told GameSpot the add-on would feature exploration similar to--but would improve upon--the mako ATV missions in the original Mass Effect. The five planets will offer "expansive" maps and will be tied together by a plot about experiments with geth technology gone horribly wrong. At the center of the chaos is a malevolent artificial intelligence hunkered down in a heavily defended Cerberus research facility, which players must storm.

For more details on Mass Effect 2 Overlord, check out the GameSpot interview with producer Casey Hudson below.

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SeargantGoat
SeargantGoat

Now that planet scanning has been fixed and doesn't take so much freaking time, the game is way easier to pick up and play again. Lovin' the new DLC so far, keep it rolling

lucebuce
lucebuce

Mass Effect 2 was awesome , and lately , the DLC hasn't really been disappointing , but I would like to see some DLC that furthers the storyline

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Mass Effect 2 is awesome, if only I could find the time from schoolwork to be able to finish it already! :P

AceCometh
AceCometh

I have loved ME2! No doubt at all, I will get this asap when released.

Gundamforce
Gundamforce

Now this is what DLC is all about. Can't wait (although i haven't got to do Firewalker and Kazumi due to life problems and the Halo Reach beta but I'll have plenty of time for Mass Effect after the beta).

thermalcold
thermalcold

I wonder if downloading this and playing it I would need to start a new game. I am not really interested in a new playthru.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@ texasgoldrush: I agree with you. Of the new additions to the crew in ME2, Kasumi is leaps and bounds the best new member. I like to mix up my crew loadout with each playthrough; it's going to be really tough to pass her up on any future playthrough.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Really excited for this, I have my insanity+ char ready to go. I seriously hope they toss a weapon into the mix also... I just like more weapons. :)

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

fantastic game, this will give me a good opertunity to make my 3rd playthrough :)

tsiper
tsiper

I love Legend he is freaking awesome! Mass Effect 2 is the most awesome game out now. I can't wait to play this DLC I have loved all the DLC so far much better than Mass Effect 1

snake289
snake289

Just wondering how much of this content was taken out of the game before launch.

bokela
bokela

Maybe it will be worth playing considering a little bit more story than previous DLCs. Must admit I got interested in this AI-gone-rogue story. Especially playing it with the Geth party member, which I havent used much in game, except couple of default locations for him.

Pete5506
Pete5506

More DLC? Well it better be worth the money

chrispicard
chrispicard

Not FREE?... More rip-off table scrap DLC.... FAIL.

AceCometh
AceCometh

I've completed everything else that's come out. I can't wait to get this as well.

blueliquidplus
blueliquidplus

I still haven't played the Firewalker Pack... guess I should get around to that before this comes out lol :)

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

I will bet there will be a major expansion to be announced at this years E3 for Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Eeeesh, just get to work on Mass Effect 3, guys.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I didn't mind the Mako missions as much, what was more a pain was driving around the planets looking for hidden things like element deposits, and whatnot, but Mass Effect Wiki makes that a bit easier. One thing I liked about going down in the Mako was exploring the look of the planets and the view of the stars, something really missing in the last Mass Effect game.

Majorbrown777
Majorbrown777

I pray that when ME3 comes out's in late 2011 or 12, that Bioware put's back the mechanic's of ME1, and not a straight shooter type like ME2 was. Even though ME2 was good just felt like a shooter with a few RPG elements. I want ME1 RPG element's made the game replay value more!

Diebye
Diebye

The only big problem i had with the Mako was the fact that going up some of those huge mountains took so long and it was so light when driving around, i wished it had jets facing upward to give it some more traction on planets that didnt have a completely flat road, the hammerhead is an ok change, its a little weak in combat but much nicer to drive around. But im really hoping to get some more story and playtime out of this DLC i love some of the stuff bioware does but mid game dlc @ $3-4 per hour when the game itself was about $2 per hour if you just played once kinda hurts.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@Ruhdezee The Hammerhead is far better than the Mako at exploration. Its much faster and manueverable. Its not very good for combat though. Hopefully a better armored version will be available for ME3. The planets must be made more interesting as well.

Ruhdezee
Ruhdezee

i hate the MAKO... i hope this isnt them trying to "remake" those terrible portions of the game.....

Torque203
Torque203

i would like a dlc that gives you resources. i don't like the scanning as much any more. it was OK at first put im kinda tired of it

pandae-mail
pandae-mail

sounds like a DLC bringing back the ME type of gameplay...... not sure if it is really a good idea though

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

@texasgoldrush If only you could actually talk to her on the Normandy.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

@slickvic1990 according to this interview, they are wrong, but if they aren't......a new character is good enough for me to get it.

texasgoldrush
texasgoldrush

@ ParisSun Exactly....it helps that Kasumi is very unique amongst the cast not only in combat style, but personality. She is almost a WRPG version of a Genki Girl. If you take her with you on Samara's recruitment mission, she says "Awwww, He's cute, can we keep him?" when you meet the "Biotic God". She comments on romances, and some are moving, if you're romancing Tali for example. "She loves you Shepard, be good to her". She is even better at observing crew members than Kelly Chambers is, and is more opinionated about the crew than any other squadmate. She is also a very compassionate character, which ME2 lacked.

projectpat72988
projectpat72988

WTF cant more people do what Fallout did? Actually have DLC thats "worth" playing well after the fact the game is complete...I had been done for MONTHS when Kasumi came out...and really?...a 20 minute DLC months after I beat the game?...it just isnt compelling..and isnt exciting...I was excited as heck for all Fallout DLC...and Mass Effect has the perfect format to make a good DLC but they dont do it? WHY? they have an entire galaxy to come up with anything they want...but no...

thanatosser
thanatosser

Its welcome sure, im glad youll actually be able to 'explore' with the hammer head rather than following the path through the linear environments featured in the original add on. Thats a plus point but I too would rather now see something of more substance in the shape of a full add on, an add on maybe also offering some more armour pieces and costumes or upgrades etc... rather than the small add on packs were being drip fed at the moment.

knoxyknight
knoxyknight

Oh no, not the mako again. I'm done traversing a bunch of different colored mountains, thank you kindly.

TheEroica
TheEroica

what would possess you to SELL mass Effect 2? I wouldnt even let someone borrow it....

arthur64a
arthur64a

Just wenn I sold this game they are comming out with this. Poor me

Exactlamento
Exactlamento

@slickvic1990 oh wow, i guess you're right. I would have thought that they were done since their were no more blank dossier icons on the squad selection screen, that and the fact that the screen is unbelieveably clutered as is. But its from gameinformer, and their credible so...wow, cool i guess

Barighm
Barighm

I remember when people told me the Cerberus Network was going to be the one good extra thing you got for buying ME2 new. The network would eventually offer lots of goodies. My reply? "You actually believe them?"

Hercules321
Hercules321

This is cool and all, but I think all ME fans can agree that we would rather see a full on expansion that would offer 30 or so hours of gameplay with a fresh story, rather than these little DLC packages they are doing which only offer about 1-2 hours of new gameplay.

tony382
tony382

@deathstream I agree completely. They make great games, but horrible DLC. I don't think I enjoyed any of the DLC for ME1 &2 or DA:O.

deathstream
deathstream

BioWare has proven itself to very bad at making DLC. But at least they don't charge $10 for everything, no matter how small. Their only true blunder with ME2 and DA:O was The Stone Prisoner with its hour of gameplay for $15. Added conversations are nice (Kasumi is loyal, now she won't talk?), but not worth an extra $5-10.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Kasumi was a great add-on. Her benefit really comes when you add her as a member in the main campaign missions. And to be honest she has better dialogue than a lot of the regular characters when you go to talk to her. I wish you could do conversational dialogue with her but what she says is ten times better than every other character.

deathstream
deathstream

Hehe, the article says that Normandy Crash Site added a crew member and Zaeed didn't.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

I love Mass Effect 2, but these little DLC with minimal addition to the game are enough already. All the DLC so far is lackluster. Either make an expansion, or stop. And, the Cerberus Net is one of the most worthless waste of time things ever added to a game. They still charge for DLC above and beyond the Cerberus Net. It's a continual scam for a constant trickle of small DLC. .

tony382
tony382

For $7 and a one hour mission, no thanks. I'll be more than happy to pay $10-15 for something in the 3-4 hour range. Fallout 3 made the perfect DLC's. Take a note from them.

Icehearted
Icehearted

Why didn't they just do this in the FIRST PLACE!? Show of hands, who thought planet scanning was fun? Also, is $7 the new standard going rate for stuff that should have been there in the first place?

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Guess i'll wait to beat the game again with my other character, still haven't gotten any of the costly DLC. Still not too keen on paying for content for a game i spent 60 dollars on though, but I guess it's just me.

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

Why even offer the cerberus network if your still going to charge for DLC????????????????????????????????????????