Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC releases August 28

Single-player campaign addition sets Shepard on hunt for mythical reaper killer, impacts Extended Cut endings.

Commander Shepard's intricate tale will get another wrinkle on August 28 when the Mass Effect 3 Leviathan downloadable content goes on sale. BioWare revealed the release date for the DLC today across the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, though European PS3 owners will need to wait until August 29 for it to appear on PlayStation Network.

Shepard's aquamech. Not pictured: a shark to jump over.

Leviathan's new missions unfold roughly in the middle of the game and see Shepard chasing clues to the existence of a mythical reaper-killing creature, as seen in the GameSpot preview viewable below. The events that unfold thereafter will have an impact on the Extended Cut versions of the game's controversial endings.

The DLC will cost $10 (800 Microsoft points) and is the third to add on to the events of the single-player game, after the day-one release From Ashes and June's Extended Cut.

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KoAClark
KoAClark

I think we all know if bioware would of never joined EA everything would of been fine. Oh well maybe you guys will learn in the future that EA sucks if you havent already.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

going on my 3rd play through back to back..(me1, me2, & me3) All I have to say is I can't wait for the dlc. Every play through I've made the conscious effort to make different choices. The game is so different every time...

 

gameremag-ana
gameremag-ana

You know at some websites there are chatters about a 4th Mass Effect, they said that it will be before Mass Effect 3, for me this will really kill the whole franchise, the only way and it is the really and possible only way that Bioware/EA will succeed in making a 4th Mass Effect is by making it in the events before Mass Effect 1, that's my view, and maybe the can make it work in the events before ME3 but we all know what happens after ME2, and how long did Commander Shepard stayed on earth I think 3 months or more I can't remember it's in the beginning of ME3, any way it will be a bad idea to make it before the events of ME3, and I don't know any more, as for the ME3 Leviathan DLC it will be a long time that I will play again the Mass Effect series because I deleted every thing including my save files, and last time I checked it took me a month to finish each ME game, but what I heard that this DLC mite have an impact on the ending, in the end the Mass Effect series was and will be and will always be the best game series that I have ever played in my life, so what every this DLC brings I hope it wont destroy the game more then it is now, I don't know, what do you guys think? :D   

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

EA/BioWare continue to milk the cow, moo! RIP ME3, so much wasted potential.

kuda001
kuda001

ME3 was a victim of ME2's success. The second game in terms of story, character development, dialogue and the impact your decisions make on the ending was brilliant. Unfortunately what this does is add complexity to the sequel as the many branching storylines must come to a satisfying conclusion.THEY DIDN'T, amongst other things I wanted to see Tali's face instead we got a stock photo of a clearly human chick who just had her skin turned blue.

 

I am a little skeptical of what this Leviathan DLC adds, however judging from past experiences it will be a few dialogue changes here and there, some new screens but I don't expect anything significant like new cutscenes.

 

Playing the game was great don't get me wrong it was a good game overall but am I going to buy this DLC?  F**k no.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Sounds interesting, depending on the price (in £'s) will be tempted to get it.

topsemag55
topsemag55

First weapon picked up in the video is the Argus, which players already have if you pre-ordered the Digital Deluxe version.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I wonder how this DLC will sell? I wonder what the future holds for the ME brand?

musalala
musalala

sorry bioware my money is going to Vigil studios and THQ as I will be buying Darksiders 2 instead of this crap

psicat1976
psicat1976

Can't wait to get this.  I loved Mass Effect 3 and I'll enjoy playing more of it with this DLC.

jedimasterss
jedimasterss

man oh man all I hear is complaining of the ends, and in my view the endings were fine. Everyone knew that the ending where going end the trilogy in one way or another.Its life and death, deal with jees. And if the new dlc is just adding the more game play to extend the single player campain  a couple hours, then i'll get it. I enjoyed the game.   

Kungfu_Kenobi
Kungfu_Kenobi

With the endings leaving no appreciable "post-game" there's just no way to make this work for me. There's just /NO/ way. It's totally immersion breaking.

 

In more ways than one, they did not think this through.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

It is unfortunate that the controversial ending of this game has overshadowed what good it has and that is what will become of its legacy even with the release of the Extended Cut.

Gynthaeres
Gynthaeres

The way they butchered the ending of Mass Effect 3, and spit in the face of any ending other than RBG (Rejection ending? Auto-failure), and continually tried to defend the rushed, plothole-ridden, illogical mess that was the original ending...

Yeah. I have no interest in playing ME3 again. Shame, because the series was one of my favorites of all time. If they'd actually gave us an option to do as Paragon Shepard would do, and laugh in the face of the Godchild... and then win the battle, then I'd wholeheartedly support *good* post-launch DLC. As it is now, I have zero interest in going back, knowing what's waiting for me at the end.

 

Especially if they're using "impact the ending!" as a selling point when it doesn't really change anything. Shows they know what the fans want, they just refuse to do it.

noclue_27
noclue_27

Game came out half a year ago. Considering how this was worked on completely post-development cycle I'll be getting it. Also due to the fact that Bioware has been listening to their fanbase of late (you do realize the completely free extended cut DLC was nearly 2gb of work, right?).However, I do agree, From Ashes should have been free.

BigFeef
BigFeef

Oh yay, another complete waste of $10! Where do I sign up to be shafted?!

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Do you like being ripped off with Day 1 DLC that's already on the disc?  Do you enjoy being lied to about it afterwards?    Are you a fan of multiplayer slowly swallowing up game franchises that were once solely SINGLE PLAYER experiences?  Do you think what EA is doing to the industry is paving the way for a brighter future for gaming?   Are you totally fine with publishers eyeing you like a bag of cash?  

 

Oh, and were you happy to experience the wonderful support of the gaming journalists, who labeled you as "whiny and entitled babies" for simply wanting an ending that wasn't thematically abominable and full of plot holes and didn't take five years of a beautifully crafted universe and shove it in the toilet? 

 

Then by all means....go ahead and buy Leviathan DLC.   Your support will ensure that it continues. 

Theconsciousss
Theconsciousss

 @KoAClark I'm not so sure about that, for one thing quite a few high ranking EA people are among the founders and honchos of Bioware, i.e. Greg Zeschukand Ray Muzyka. Bioware becoming part of EA was a logical progression, if not a foregone conclusion.  looking at the dross EA has been responsible for over the years I don't think Bioware is doing all that badly.

Theconsciousss
Theconsciousss

 @gameremag-ana How about an Anderson/Shepard Origin Story? I'm doubtful that the Leviathan DLC will have any meaningful impact on the ME3 story, if anything it will be a sort of 'first mission' after the First Priority mission or something.

topsemag55
topsemag55

 @SolidTy

 BioWare is probably hoping the DLC will sell because they programmed a "hook" to where it ties into the Extended Cut DLC.

torres_unix
torres_unix

 @musalala ME3 as a game was exceptional with current-gen graphics, and the story was epic, until they fuzzed the ending in an effort to continue milking the IP (I blame it on EA, the boogeyman of videogames).  I've seen a trend of bad endings lately and I wonder if it's a sign of the times but we have to give ME3 credit for being a decent game.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @Suikogaiden You remind me of actor/rapper Ice-T. In 2010, he played New Vegas between Call of Duties. He said he liked the game, but complained about the bugs (of course) and said the game had too much conversations in it. He probably isn't used to RPGs.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

 @thom_maytees Bad overshadowing good always happens, nothing new. A movie can have amazing special effect but a crappy story, what are people gonna focus on? Can't just focus on one area of development and leave the rest hanging and expect people to like it. The gameplay may have been good, but a lot of people played the game for the story, which went down faster than a Vegas working girl.

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

 @thom_maytees The head writer/director made the ending his ending and took it away from us on purpose. For countless hours he gave us that which we loved, and in an instant, that which we loved ignited in a startling fiery flash from our hands.The lore and imagination and speculation did not disappear because there were answers, the characters were not forgotten because we stopped loving them, it all changed and nothing was comprehensible as we knew it. It wasn't even violently shut down- all sense of meaning and hope was traded in for a political scheme where you have to sacrifice your morals and throw your soul in with the sharks in order to make political headway.Shepard never sacrificed his/her morals in my book. You do not waver in your righteous belief or you are merely the tool of someone else.

noclue_27
noclue_27

 @Gynthaeres Sorry victory wasn't handed to you on a platter Paragon Shepard. Yeah you had a tough choice to make, not everyone makes it, and no one lives forever. It's life.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

 @noclue_27 Yeah... I wouldn't exactly call that 'listening to their fanbase', The biggest issues weren't addressed at all. They just did the absolute minimum to make it look like they care.

jessica73
jessica73

 @noclue_27 2GB of cutscenes for the most part. Would be impressed if it was actual gameplay content like TW2 DLC added (all of theirs is free)

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @noclue_27 Bioware has also mentioned how they used data from the multiplayer matches to better construct enemy encounters in this new DLC. I love it when they actually take that into account.

musalala
musalala

you are aware that the extended cut was 2gb because bioware snuck in some files in preparation for this DLC right, that 2gb of work was not exclusivley just the Extended cut content.

 

Not to mention that the extended cut is basically made up of mostly still pictures.Add to that the fact we had to grovel and beg and plead with bioware (all the while enduring ridicule and scorn form them and the gaming press.) in order to get the Extended cut.

 

hinzkunz
hinzkunz

 @noclue_27 Nomen est omen! You realy and truly have no clue whatsoever about storytelling and narrative.

 

pound-u
pound-u

 @noclue_27

 Umm, and YOU realize that the extended dlc was nothing more than cutscenes, not actual gameplay? Screw DLC and the fools who support this crap.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @BigFeef Reddit? They do have groups of men there who think there are forms of rape that should be legal (but only men raping women).

noclue_27
noclue_27

 @Fo_Fai From Ashes already on the disc? Parts of it was for the sake of it being implemented smoothly, but most of it was worked on post-development cycle. However, I do believe From Ashes should have been included with new purchases of the game, much like Zaeed was in ME2.

 

 

 As for your complaint about multiplayer swallowing the single player experience, it was worked on by a completely separate team.

 

 

 Also, without getting into spoilers the ending did not have significant plot holes- and they created a completely free 2gb extended cut DLC in response to the fans concerns.

 

 

KoAClark
KoAClark

@Theconsciousss i agree with you there and personally im fine with bioware being with EA i just think in terms of the hardcore fans, they would be happy imo from what ive read if bioware separated from EA, or at the very least returned to their way of being all about the fans but i think those times are gone for good.

gameremag-ana
gameremag-ana

 @Theconsciousss I agree with you, every thing before the events of ME 1 will work as a ME 4, and it will be a great game to see Anderson and Shepard origins.

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

 @torres_unix  @musalala Decent, but too many fetch quests, a broken journal, and the 'A button' doing too many things keep the gameplay itself from being anything more than 'decent' IMO.

musalala
musalala

 @staranise  Good decision  :D

prepare to die my friend over and over and over and over

musalala
musalala

 @10V3n0M01 

You really want to do this to compare the sh@t that EA/bioware pulled with ME3, now I am not condoning this action by virgil but in comparison to EA/bioware they are saints.

Kungfu_Kenobi
Kungfu_Kenobi

 @syafiqjabar 

 

I can see how I might have come across as not understanding that. What I'm saying is, I'm not interested in DLC that necessarily takes place in the middle when my run of ME3 has concluded. It just won't feel quite right. The magic is gone, and it has nothing to do with the endings. As Paul McCartney said, "You can't reheat a souffle"

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

 @noclue_27 Yeah, when the developer promises 16 'wildly different endings' and you get a color scale, that's just wonderful isn't it?

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @musalala Beg and grovel? Go back to Tumblr!

 

All it reminds me is a quote from 'Bill Clinton' at the end of the Simpsons episode "Saddlesore Galactica" (funnily enough, it was an episode said to be about the writers making fun of Simpsons fans).

pound-u
pound-u

 @noclue_27

 Oh, look, another dlc apologist. Don't give me the crap about post-development DLC. If DLC arrives on the same day the game is released, it should be included with the game at the beginning!

 

Quit making excuses for these companies that screw people over.

staranise
staranise

 @musalala me too manure effect 3 definitely left such a manure-y after taste that any dessert offered would still taste like manure (like the extended dlc free but still manure fresh to the taste)

musalala
musalala

 @10V3n0M01  a couple of things 

1. It wasnt just the ending that was problamatic with mass effect 3, no need to flog a dead horse as all the problems associated with Mass effect 3 have been done to death

2. In this case Vigil studios is better Far far better, you wanted to insinuate that vigil studios and Bioware are similar in the douchbaggery behaviour which is untrue.

3.Again bioware are not "customer friendly" AT ALL, the old bioware maybe but not EA/Bioware. This ending was given to use begrudgingly it had nothing to do with bioware being customer friendly, and even then it only made the ending go from total crap to total crap with chocolate sprinkles.

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

 @musalala  I am not saying one is better than the other, which you have chosen to do. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with ME3 but saying its crap is a little harsh. Bioware gave us a brilliant game, free DLC(something no company seems to believe exists), and after all the people b*tching about how the ending wasn't 100% like what THEY WANTED Bioware actually gave them some more. All comapies are going this way but I'm sure many people will argue that Bioware in fact are one of the more "customer friendly" developers.

musalala
musalala

 @syafiqjabar er yes beg and grovel what the hell did you think the whole retake mass effect thing was about, In order to get the Extended endings we had to sign petitions , donate money, create facebook pages send cupcakes basically raise a sh@t storm of apocalyptic proportions in order to get the Extended cut. If thats not begging a nd grovelling I don"t know what is.

 

bioware had no intention of changing the ending as it would have destroyed the the mythical "artistic intergrity" they kept prattling on about.