Mass Effect 3 adding single-player DLC

New Leviathan content for space-bound role-playing game coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC; tells more about Reaper origins.

Mass Effect 3 is getting new single-player downloadable content. Titled Leviathan, the content was announced today at Electronic Arts' Summer Showcase event, and is headed to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. No release date or price was provided.

Commander Shepard has more work to do.

The content will delve into Reaper history, allowing players to discover more of the ancient species' origins. The Leviathan DLC will also introduce new characters, though they were not specified.

The Leviathan DLC for Mass Effect 3 follows the controversialExtended Cut, which released in June. The free content added more cutscenes and content to the game's epilogue, a sore spot for many.

For more on Mass Effect 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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SpardisJX
SpardisJX

Lot of whiners on here nowadays.

TheKeef
TheKeef

And when it hits at a bargain price in a "complete edition" , I'll care. Such a good game, sad I won't support EA with top dollar prices ever, even if it involves Bioware.

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

I'm all for it, favorite game series. Why is anyone complaining at all, it's a video game, GTF over it already. Mass Effect 3 was great!

Vektor_basic
Vektor_basic

First real singleplayer DLC since the game came out five months ago.

Might as well give it a try, but I am not that awestruck...

Falru
Falru

*sigh* Mass Effect, I stopped caring so long ago. I haven't even played the EC because I just can't care anymore.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Hey, I'm down with that. I've forgiven Bioware because the Extended Cut was pretty damn good and more than enough of an ending but something I always wanted was learn more about the Reapers. They where always so mysterious, we could only assume why they where some evil bastards who just want to eat us but I thought it was really cool how they where actually trying to preserve genetic life. I mean, yes they are misguided but the Reapers are actually trying to do the right thing (the necessarily evil) which makes them even more interesting force. I hope they give them some cool backstory, hell it would be awesome if they actually made a DLC where you played a character from millions of years ago during the first Reaper invasion on its creators (but I wouldn't bet on it).

HuricaneOrleans
HuricaneOrleans

if it wasn't for multiplayer I wouldn't play ME3 that much but recently I beat game again and felt the EC did what it needed to do and i like the ending well the destroy ending that is since shepard is shown to be alive with that one...can't wait for this DLC and the weapons one coming out so I can have more firepower to kick reaper ass

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Nice to see that they finally bought something for singleplayer campaign. And it's about more history of Reapers. :D

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Wow. Now if only I still played EA and Bioware games... too bad I don't. I'm sure it is really enlightening how the evil AI that was sent from the non-AI to protect everyone from the evil AI got started with their extinction bit, but honestly go suck balls Bioware. 

musalala
musalala

I honestly dont care anymore bioware You are never getting my money ever again...EVER

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

~shrug~  I don't particularly think I'm going to worry about it unless they have a GOTY version on Steam or something.  I haven't been able to bring myself to play the series again after I went through the ending of Mass Effect 3 to even see the extended version.  This is a game I had 300 (180 hours on Mass Effect, and 120 on Mass Effect 2) hours on before Mass Effect 3 ever came out (which added another 50 hours).  Then add another 40 to 50 hours from Mass Effect 3, which was a huge mess in the last 10 minutes.  So, I'm pretty sure I'm not too excited about this.

toddx77
toddx77

Good to hear we will get more info on the reapers origins.  The main thing I was hoping ME3 would explain was who made the reapers and why.  I don't count the catalyst as a valid answer and the reason he gave as to why they were made wasn't really an answer to me.

muppen
muppen

Finally more content for us who play Mass Effect like it should be played - like a singleplayer.

kuda001
kuda001

 I can't even muster the energy to whine or complain about this anymore [sigh].

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

... after reading the comments, I assume I'm the only one who was satisfied with the extended cut and am looking forward to this DLC. I hated the ending just as much as most people, since it deliberately went against EVERYTHING the series stood for, and was the complete OPPOSITE of what the lead developer promised us. BUT, the EC ending gave me some closure, fixed MANY of the major plot holes (And even changed certain scenarios ending differently), showed us how SOME (Not all) of our choices held impact, properly showed the importance of Shepard's sacrifice depending on which ending (One of the more emotional moments in the series) and improved a bit on the circular, broken logic it held prior. They clearly know they screwed up and have paid for it. Had the EC been the original ending, people wouldn't have had NEARLY the fuss. Yes, there are still many problems, such as the stupid still images (even though some actual cutscenes were added), the middle finger 4th ending, and that there is still essentially no impact from the War Assets. Will everybody be satisfied? No. Will some people think it's worse? Yes. Should Bioware be completely forgiven? Not by my standards. BUT, is it an improvement? Of course it is. Despite how people feel, the new ending is 1000x better, despite negative feed back that the incredibly intelligent, well thought out, and provable Indoctrination theory is now not true.

 

I feel your pain people, but disappointments are common in media of ANY kind. I hate Godfather III, despite how many people love it, and I hate Diablo III (A way bigger disappointment than ME3, imo), yet people are willing to put up with it's awful story, lack of innovation from Diablo II, forced internet access and it's unbalanced and broken pay to win aspects. Did I hear a fuss over that? Nope, dead silence. When actual improvement is shown, you ignore it, but when clear signs of bulls*** ruins a game that took a decade to make, you praise it and call it gold. I will never understand the internet.

oldschoolvandal
oldschoolvandal

Thanks...but no thanks.

I'm absolutely done with ME series....3 specially.

TaronAroyan
TaronAroyan

No amount of free content can change how lame reapers seemed after that ending. Bioware is hurting  on all fronts, but they brought it on themselves. If you make intelligent games you will have intelligent fan-base and if you try to shaft them they will call you on it. Honestly the amount of fightback that ME3 fans showed during all this made me proud. For once the little guy brought the giant to it knees. Just like many I am sad that it came to this with Bioware, but as I already said they brought it on themselves.  

Redbeardarg
Redbeardarg

Guys the game isn't finished yet, i didnt like the second game compared to the first with out the extra dlc content.  Its a shame that games no longer come complete but this is the price gamers pay for used game sales and pirated copies.  I mean the shadow broker dlc, and the reaper invasion dlc were epic and added to the game and made me wish it had been there in my first play through.  I cant imagine ME2 with out these molments now.  I belive people are to harsh on ME3 because they have yet to play the complete package.  I think ME3 base game was a little weak it felt more constricted and confined, but that also fit well with the story.  Wait to completely judge the game untill its completed.  The mass effect series is just getting started, and ask yourself wich is a more powerfull motivation, fan redemption or keeping up with past games.  Honestly it dosent matter because bioware is going to be feeling both, which i belive could deliver a stuning depiction/hashing out of an already amazing series

punkpunker
punkpunker

finally a more answers to the origins of the reapers, they totally forget to explain their origins in ME3.

drsw36
drsw36

Mass Effect fans are such whiny morons. Bioware should stop giving in to them.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

instead of giving us dlc about the reapers how about some extra story set after the game that explains about *MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO NEVER PLAYED THE GAME* how the galaxy gets on without the mass relays after all they were destroyed at the end of the game (unless you chose to fight and not take the control/destroy/fusion option of course if you do that you all die)

Zonno
Zonno

An even longer ending?

Guess I'll just watch a playthrough video on the internet for the necessary story info. II do not feel like reinstalling the game again.

blackothh
blackothh

i thought everyone died, how is this possible?

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

What's up with charging us? The people that play multiplayer get all of this free love while single player gamers are asked to open their wallets? Thanks Bioware.

LiquidSifu80
LiquidSifu80

Definitely getting this.

Love the games, love the lore and will most likely love this DLC.

ecurl143
ecurl143

DLC is just getting out of control.

Yes, I'm looking at you Bioware.

Gomtor
Gomtor

Please, shove the DLC up yours truely.

I play games, not patches.

PrplMnkyDshwsr7
PrplMnkyDshwsr7

Pass, I just don't have an interest in a DLC that won't have an affect on the game world evolution in the story.  The story has been told, time to move on to a new ME game BW/EA.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

So its going to explain the origins of the reapers? Isn't that something they ought to have put in the game to begin with especially since it probably ties in with the catalyst quite nicely if the dialogue in the extended cut is anything to go by. Assuming they planned his before the extended cut became necessary I'm guessing the plan was, give players an incomprehensible ending then sell them DLC to explain it. Oh Bioware you make it so easy to boycott you.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

Never have I seen a game rustle the jimmies of so many people before, simply over an ending too. Months have past us by and even though there's been free DLC that's fixed the problems for most people, some people still have jimmies that are so rustled they are clearly beyond unrustling. They seem to believe the cure for their rustled jimmies is to never buy another BioWare game again, but nah. All that's going to achieve them is less games I'm sorry to say.It's kind of funny really.

myungish
myungish

Still haven't touched the game after my first playthrough. In fact, I uninstalled it (and origin) last week. What's the point of all this when you know casper's going to ruin the party? It all seems pointless.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Bioware, you can take your DLC and shove it.  I'm not paying you a cent more.

Jarten
Jarten

I'm looking forward to it. I liked the gameplay in ME3 and would like to see how the new content fits with the storyarc no matter how it was.

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

People are still talking about the ending? Come on guys, they fixed it eventually! Well, they fixed it for me at least- I liked dying instead of being an instrument in forcing the fate of other people.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Too bad this DLC wont make a difference to most players, because the game was just that disappointing. Putting icing on the cake doesn't change the fact the cake was burnt.

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

EA: "I think its ok to start charging for our crap again! People forgave us, right!?"

 

Its funny they are releasing a weapon pack too. Those are the ultimate form of greed in dlc. You'll be getting no more money from me, I'm happy to say.

dahaoleboy69
dahaoleboy69

They should make a few DLC that takes place AFTER the story.  Shepard doesn't die in all endings.

true149
true149

Grab your ankles, boys! here comes EA throwing soap chips at us again in Disguise of a DLC. Don't drink the koolaid. They screwed their fans with a rushed, bs ending and they're trying to play nice now. Don't purchase another EA product until they start caring about the fans and not their bottom line

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

old shut down reaper that maybe didnt agree with resetting the cycle?.

would be cool meeting one and learning reaper history.

NTM23
NTM23

I think it's already been said, but it's really hard to want to go in and play any more of this when we already know the end. I mean, sure, the journey along the way is still mostly fantastic, but to me it always felt like it was all there to get to the end of Shepard's journey. What will happen next? That kind of thing. I would play these if I could play them for free, but that's not going to happen is it?

Liliroots
Liliroots

I love the Mass Effect lore.  I really admire the team's dedication to the mass effect universe.  Share the story with us!  :D

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Implying anyone even wants to play this crap anymore.

 

Why would it even matter?