DLC Will Bridge Story Between Mass Effect 2 and 3

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DLC Will Bridge Story Between Mass Effect 2 and 3

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Mass Effect 2 Producer Casey Hudson says BioWare will bridge the gap to Mass Effect 3 with a "continued stream of DLC," although it'll be quite awhile before the company is ready to actually talk about the new game.

The Mass Effect 2 DLC selection has been pretty soft so far, with only one update, Kasumi's Stolen Memory, providing any kind of plot-based action. But Hudson said BioWare has big plans for the future, including DLC that will expand the story beyond the conclusion of Mass Effect 2 and eventually lead into Mass Effect 3.

"We have a bunch of packs that are in the works right now," he told VideoGamer.com. "So, for the time being there's going to be a continued stream of DLC for people. We'll start to have packs that'll tell the story between Mass Effect 2 and 3. But beyond that we kind of have to see how people are responding to what we have and go from there."

BioWare has a new DLC pack entitled Overlord scheduled to come out in June. In it, Commander Shepard and his team will square off against a rogue AI that's taken over a Cerberus base and is trying to get off-planet.

Work on the third game in the series is currently underway but Hudson added, "It probably won't be for quite a few months that we talk about Mass Effect 3."

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Sounds good, hope the DLC is high quality

...Isn't that what they said about the DLC for the first one?

Better be good. And long. Bioware can't make DLC for their lives. But something like a full-on expansion, like DA: Awakening, they can do. When it comes to small scale stuff, they fail miserably.

Break:
...Isn't that what they said about the DLC for the first one?

I believe they said that they would fill the entire other half Galaxy Map with DLC.

What a crock of shit that was, eh?

I knew this was going to happen, and I don't like it.

I'm finding it hard even to find the words here, but I cannot see this as anything else than a huge, ginormous even, mistake. If Kasumi is anything to go by, the DLC will not be free, and thus a lot of people are going to miss out on it. And how does this transfer to ME3? Will there be no desiscions to be made so all those who didn't get the DLC won't be completley screwed over?

Bad Bioware, bad. DLC is good for extra content, but as a continuation of the main plot? So many variables to consider, you'd have to be Einstein and Hawking combined to get it right. I'm losing some of my hope for ME3 being the godsend of gaming now.

Also, this Overlord thing sounds like the most bland and uninteresting thing I've seen in a while. Oh noes, not another rogue VI?! Sigh.

I've heard this story before...

Oh wait, they said the same thing about the original Mass Effect. How'd that turn out?

Work on the third game in the series is currently underway but Hudson added, "It probably won't be for quite a few months that we talk about Mass Effect 3."

Well thats great news right there :D

Goddamn, it's come to this. DLC providing actual story, instead of just add-ons.

God I hate DLC...but I love Bioware and Mass Effect. Finally caught me in a quandary...

Rhayn:
I knew this was going to happen, and I don't like it.

I'm finding it hard even to find the words here, but I cannot see this as anything else than a huge, ginormous even, mistake. If Kasumi is anything to go by, the DLC will not be free, and thus a lot of people are going to miss out on it. And how does this transfer to ME3? Will there be no desiscions to be made so all those who didn't get the DLC won't be completley screwed over?

Bad Bioware, bad. DLC is good for extra content, but as a continuation of the main plot? So many variables to consider, you'd have to be Einstein and Hawking combined to get it right. I'm losing some of my hope for ME3 being the godsend of gaming now.

Also, this Overlord thing sounds like the most bland and uninteresting thing I've seen in a while. Oh noes, not another rogue VI?! Sigh.

story important dlc...makes me want to chew on my keyboard in frustration and annoyance

Ah well, if I still gave a shit about BioWare, this might be good news.

As it stands? Meh. I hope it works reasonably well because I'm currently gearing up to sell something similar.

Great, so now people who think DLC is too little value for money will get shafted out of the story experience. Well done Bioware.

Ravek:
Great, so now people who think DLC is too little value for money will get shafted out of the story experience. Well done Bioware.

I like to think of it like this: "Want ME2 to make sense? That'll be $40 extra, thanks!"

Blizzard's doing it with Starcraft. Valve with Half-life. The entire industry thinks games should cost $100 a piece. Fuck em all, I say.

I don't see what the fuss is about the story being filled in with DLC. A lot of games have gaps in between their sequels.

Mass Effect 1 and 2 have about a month. Books filling in the gaps.
Gears of War 1 and 2 have around the same. Gears 3 will be 18 months after (with books filling in the gaps).
I am sure Halo 1 and 2 have a gap between them. Again, books fill them in.
Bioshock 1 and 2 have 10 years.
Half Life 1 and 2 have around 20.

So really the DLC won't give anything that won't be mentioned in Mass Effect 3 anyway. Unless they make it free.

Andy Chalk:
BioWare has a new DLC pack entitled Overlord scheduled to come out in June. In it, Commander Shepard and his team will square off against a rogue AI that's taken over a Cerberus base and is trying to get off-planet.

UGH.

Again???

Is this the third VI to do this now? Is its plan to also run away and alliance with the geth?

As long as the DLC is of good quality, this is great.

I have a hard time believing that it will be, though. On the whole, DLC has been a swing and a miss when it comes to value-for-price.

I'll buy it anyway, since I'm totally tsundere for Bioware's DLC.

image"S-stupid DLC! I'm not buying you because I l-like you or anything! I just want to play more Mass Effect!"

The Shale DLC in Dragon Age was cool but most of the other DLC I read about online for these Bioware games sound pretty bad besides maybe the expansion pack for Dragon Age... (i only rented ME2 so I never played the DLC for that, which sounded not so good from what I read)

While I loved me some Mass Effect, I'd really, really like it if we could just step away from ripping of the plot of System Shock for a little while. There was even a side-quest in ME2 where pretty much the same thing happens on a very small scale.

Well let's hope they know where story in 3 is going fir it.

my intrest though is still strong for it so I will likely keep up to date where I can

I agree with OnyxOblivion, unfortunately. I truly wish they'd stop working on DLC, and get cracking on ME3 already... *sigh* Of course, that doesn't mean I won't be getting the "Overlord" DLC...

grumble grumble....I don't approve, but I did like the Kasumi DLC, and the free dude before that. what was his name again? meh, his loyalty mission was fun though, and it had a flamethrower.

anyways, more mass effect is more mass effect. What they need to do is scrap this DLC idea and make it into a full-on expansion.

Bioware and DLC haven't exactly been a good match...

I mean sure, Shale kicked all sorts of ass, but everything else was "meh" at best.

Not sure if I'll get this, depends on the price, but I'm guessing it'll be $5-$10 USD

jeez how did the opinion about mass effect /dragon age and bioware as a whole swing like this all of a sudden?

Some of it better be free!!! But otherwise good!

I didnt bought the first mass effect 1 but i got the 2 and I got dragon age too.
While the games are good the dlc's are a little weak.

Maraveno:
jeez how did the opinion about mass effect /dragon age and bioware as a whole swing like this all of a sudden?

I think most people enjoy the games themselves, but Bioware's DLC isn't generally held in very high regard. I don't care for any DLC personally...it's just an excuse to avoid making a full, cost-worthy expansion pack.

Firstly, this is probably going to cost money, which would be a really low move by BioWare.

Secondly, why the hell do I keep having to do things that seem to help Cerberus? I hated them since I found Kahoku in the first game, and I chose the paragon ending in the second.

So long as the DLC contributes to making the game longer, I'm all for it. If you just want to add some new items or whatnot though without corresponding new missions, then fie on thee - those are my guidelines.

Ergo this news therefore pleases me, as I love me some Mass Effect.

I'm really starting to hate the impact DLC has. Whereas it used to be something that added an extra couple of hours to a beloved game - it's turned into a sadistic tool used to bleed money out of any self-respecting gamer who demands a full story instead of a broken distraction.
Just me?
Perhaps I just complain because I never have enough money to buy DLC - the only DLC I've ever bought were one map pack on COD4 and one map pack on COD5, and the first three fallout DLC's. I've practically fallen into poverty when it comes to buying video games,so every time I see DLC coming out, I die a little inside.
I now have £7.58 saved up for Mass Effect 2. Only 4 months and 2 weeks before I have it!

shouldn't they ALL be working on ME3?

I don't like DLC's... They are to short for the price I have to pay for them!

zpfanatic81195:
shouldn't they ALL be working on ME3?

That would be the best, yes. But they are apparently not...

Rhayn:
I knew this was going to happen, and I don't like it.

I'm finding it hard even to find the words here, but I cannot see this as anything else than a huge, ginormous even, mistake. If Kasumi is anything to go by, the DLC will not be free, and thus a lot of people are going to miss out on it. And how does this transfer to ME3? Will there be no desiscions to be made so all those who didn't get the DLC won't be completley screwed over?

Bad Bioware, bad. DLC is good for extra content, but as a continuation of the main plot? So many variables to consider, you'd have to be Einstein and Hawking combined to get it right. I'm losing some of my hope for ME3 being the godsend of gaming now.

Also, this Overlord thing sounds like the most bland and uninteresting thing I've seen in a while. Oh noes, not another rogue VI?! Sigh.

Agreed. After the 2 or 3 rogue AI in the first game, it's kind of a "ugh" feeling at this point. If the DLC is small and free, im game. If it's going to be 15 bucks for an hour or two of gameplay, i wont buy it.

Bioware isn't good with expansions either, the Dragon Age expansions are short and overpriced, hopefully they do better with ME.

And I will say this.. ROCKSTAR HAS DONE DLC RIGHT.
All of the Rockstar GTA IV DLC has been amazing. And Red Dead is going to get 6 coop missions in the first DLC.

BioWare has the habit to suck horribly with small fry DLC. Especially when it's free, they tend to suck even more. The quote "It's free, don't bitch" is just totally invalid. When something is even worse than shit itself and the game promotes itself for giving away free DLC, that's a garbage move.

I need a DLC like Awakening. Huge, expansive and a total Wake-Up-Call!

Xzi:
God I hate DLC...but I love Bioware and Mass Effect. Finally caught me in a quandary...

Might i ask why you hate DLC?

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