EA Attaches Mass Effect 3 DLC To Upcoming Dark Horse Books

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EA Attaches Mass Effect 3 DLC To Upcoming Dark Horse Books

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Are you a fan of Mass Effect 3's art? How about extra downloadable content?

We've known for a while that Dark Horse Comics would be publishing a Mass Effect art book appropriately titled The Art Of The Mass Effect Universe, but as of this morning the Milwaukie, Oregon-based comics firm has also revealed that the digital version of the tome will include codes to unlock DLC content in the PC and Xbox 360 iterations of Mass Effect 3.

To wit:

BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts, Inc., and Dark Horse Comics revealed today that fans who purchase the digital version of The Art of the Mass Effect Universe through Digital.DarkHorse.com will receive a limited code to unlock a Reinforcement Pack containing in-game items to be used on PC or the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system in the co-op campaign in 2012's most anticipated game, Mass Effect 3. Showcasing the unique and iconic art featured in the Mass Effect series, The Art of the Mass Effect Universe was released in print and digitally on February 8. Additionally, Mass Effect fans who purchase the digital version of the four-issue comic miniseries Mass Effect: Invasion at the Dark Horse Digital store will also receive a limited code to unlock a Reinforcement Pack.

As to what these so-called "Reinforcement Packs" include, the official press release helpfully outlines that as well:

Fans who gain access to the Reinforcement Packs will receive in-game items that can be used in the four-player cooperative multiplayer campaign in Mass Effect 3 on PC or Xbox 360. These packs will include powerful character boosters and the devastatingly lethal Collector Assault Rifle.

If you're suddenly in need of this art book, you can visit Dark Horse Digital and plunk down $25 for a copy.

Unless you're too busy being upset about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

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Earnest Cavalli:
Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

Ouch. That's going to bring in a few spiteful comments...

Make it rain.

If Mass Effect 3 doesn't set the record for Most-amount-of-DLC's in the history of gaming, i'll be shocked.

"Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess."

y u so judgmental?

More unimportant multiplayer stuff, I honestly couldn't care less. What about this single player DLC that you promised?

Viper114:

Earnest Cavalli:
Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

Ouch. That's going to bring in a few spiteful comments...

Seriously. Bad move Cavalli.

EDIT: I'll redact that comment actually. Flame-bait is a perfect way to get more hits ;D

Viper114:

Earnest Cavalli:
Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

Ouch. That's going to bring in a few spiteful comments...

I guess that's The Importance of Being Earnest!
Oscar Wilde joke in before the flame war.

Mariena:

"Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess."

y u so judgmental?

Yeah wtf guy? Sorry I dont want to drop 100+ $ in the hopes of getting an actual conclusive narrative. I guess finished games are just to much to ask for these days... And that last line feels like something in an ign article inviting argument and hate, please show that the escapist is better than that in your next article, we're all human though so it happens, but c'mon as a writer for the community show that we are better than that.

Alright...so I guess if you were sold a car, a car that was exalted by critics, that the designers had said 'would be the car that ties in all the improvements from previous models into a complete vehicle', and you complained about it when it arrived without a windshield that you, by your logic, should be accused of being petulent and feeling entitled.

Wow.

Seriously? We were told that everything we did mattered, that everything we did was taken into account...and we ended up with a choice of 'red, green, or blue', all of which discard everything we'd done until that point.

Feeling entitled? Not really. Feeling disappointed and cheated? Highly.

Fappy:

Viper114:

Earnest Cavalli:
Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

Ouch. That's going to bring in a few spiteful comments...

Seriously. Bad move Cavalli.

Not surprised. Its not the first time hes left flamebait in his newsposts, and im far from expecting it to be the last.

And people are being entitled and petulant about the ending of Mass Effect 3, so at least this time its a correct thing to say.

Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

Alamandorious:
Alright...so I guess if you were sold a car, a car that was exalted by critics, that the designers had said 'would be the car that ties in all the improvements from previous models into a complete vehicle', and you complained about it when it arrived without a windshield that you, by your logic, should be accused of being petulent and feeling entitled.

Wow.

Seriously? We were told that everything we did mattered, that everything we did was taken into account...and we ended up with a choice of 'red, green, or blue', all of which discard everything we'd done until that point.

Feeling entitled? Not really. Feeling disappointed and cheated? Highly.

Crap example.

Bioware said Mass Effect 3 would have a conclusion to the series, and it did come with that. The quality of the ending doesnt come into it.

This is much different from a car firm saying that a car would come with a windshield then not including one, because thats an actual felony.

I don't care either way. No skin off my nose. But lo and behold, the "hurt" come retaliating...

Wow, EA really knows how to build a multiplayer community. I hope they don't start forcing this sort of thing on DICE.

Zeel:
Make it rain.

If Mass Effect 3 doesn't set the record for Most-amount-of-DLC's in the history of gaming, i'll be shocked.

There is no way ME3 can win this, Zeel. Have you seen how much DLC Railworks 3: Train simulator 2012 has? 99 pieces, totally at 1128.56 at moment of posting.

Earnest Cavalli:
Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

I just don't think you understand the situation the Bioware Social Network is in right now. Any amount of flame-bait, no matter how small or insignificant, will bring in a shitstorm. Seriously, I sympathize with the movement but there is definitely a bit of a mob mentality going on. If you want I can loan you my +1 flameshield.

Earnest Cavalli:
Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

It is still flamebait.

That, for once, I totally agree with you on :D

So the physical copies don't have codes? Wat? Most people are gonna want the actual physical book I think.

Oh are they trying to set up an online comic service and that's why? Cool if so.

And LOL at that last sentence, frankly there's been far too much backlash over the ending, Yes it didn't make sense but it's like everyone just forgot that the rest of the game existed. The rest of the game was beyond awesome!

I mean, it's no Persona 4 but... You can see it from here

Awesome, some unimportant pointless DLC that people will blow out of all proportion when your not forced to buy and nor does the extra content matter. Im guessing 20 threads about this. Seriously, how do these people survive the real world when something as disappointing game ending makes them almost have a heart attack. Yes, the ending was disappointing, but seriously, get over it. Im a major fan and played ME1 and ME2 5 times and i love the lore and codex. But with ME3 i was more disappointed with only one area to explore "Citidal" and the pointless "some guy in citidal will have use for "random object" missions. There are other games with worse endings i could bitch about.

Earnest Cavalli:
Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

You kind of got it the wrong way around, I see a lot more publishers feeling "entitled" to a direct connection to the wallet of gamers, no matter if they put out crap or split up game content in over 900$ worth of DLC.

I liked Mass Effect and loved Mass Effect 2, but you know what? They're not, and as such I won't buy their third game at all. I'm a lot more willing to put my money into things like Stacking, Dear Esther or similar on Steam and throw the money I saved at projects like the Double Fine Kickstarter Adventure or Wasteland 2 instead. At least they realize that consumers are human beings with needs and wants and not statistics on their latest quarterly figures waiting to be exploited and nothing else.

Earnest Cavalli:
Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

You said it yourself. "Deluge" Does that sounds like a fractured community of of nutters? Sounds more like a passionate community who would like their voice heard, in the form of their favorite game news site. Not to be wrote off by a cynical writer who dismisses their very concerns with a "throwaway joke".

Oh hey look even the staff of the escapist are getting into the passive aggressive internet tough guy bitch fest.

Fr]anc[is:
Oh hey look even the staff of the escapist are getting into the passive aggressive internet tough guy bitch fest.

Where do I sign up for this?

Fappy:

Fr]anc[is:
Oh hey look even the staff of the escapist are getting into the passive aggressive internet tough guy bitch fest.

Where do I sign up for this?

This way my good man: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/index/9-Gaming-Discussion

Fr]anc[is:

Fappy:

Fr]anc[is:
Oh hey look even the staff of the escapist are getting into the passive aggressive internet tough guy bitch fest.

Where do I sign up for this?

This way my good man: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/index/9-Gaming-Discussion

Funny, but I would have given you more props if you linked a screen cap of the Gaming Forums with Hipster glasses photo shopped over it.

Daft Ghosty:

Earnest Cavalli:
Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

You said it yourself. "Deluge" Does that sounds like a fractured community of of nutters? Sounds more like a passionate community who would like their voice heard, in the form of their favorite game news site. Not to be wrote off by a cynical writer who dismisses their very concerns with a "throwaway joke".

Id like to bet that people responsible for the "Deluge" also sent links to the situation to at least one other gaming news site or sent in links to multiple writers.

Its not as much about a passionate community who would like thier voice heard as it is a mass of people experiencing first hand the effect EA has on studios it buys.

And while Ernest is cynical, at least hes not ignorant.

Earnest Cavalli:
Unless you're too busy being entitled and petulant about the end of Mass Effect 3. That's cool too, I guess.

Hey now - some of us are pissed about the ending, but aren't letting those horrible 5min ruin the other 40 hours of the game that were completely amazing ;P

Although - I am a little irked because I bought a hard copy of the art book, and already had bought the comic series, prior to the game's release. Does this mean I get gypped out of my DLC?

Fappy:
Funny, but I would have given you more props if you linked a screen cap of the Gaming Forums with Hipster glasses photo shopped over it.

I can't be bothered to put that much effort into the whole mess. All I want is for all this mess to just stop.

Meh, more money grabs. It's a shame that this particularly great property is falling prey to the worst publishing community has to offer.

Oh look, I'm going to dismiss people who are disappointed regarding Mass Effect as petulant and entitled! Aren't I a Zeitgeist and a great defender for our sponsors industry!

Don't be flippant or dismissive- not just for the sake of discussion, but also for your own (I'd hate to bait the fury of every single enraged fan on the web); annoying spam from idiots or no.

Typical Racist cover art: Everyone else gets assertive poses while the black man is left shaking his ass at the viewer.

Earnest Cavalli:
Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

Oh I feel SOOOO sorry for you, when everyone just had to deal with, I don't know, maybe a shitty unsatisfactory ending to one of their most beloved series? Why don't you go cry into your Jar-Jar Binks love pillow and complain to your Irina Spalko action figure about how nobody understands you?

This is why throwaway jokes go at the beginning ala the old Sunday funnies, (and this very post) so you have the rest of the article to dull the taste of spite you left in my mouth.

Fr]anc[is:

Fappy:
Funny, but I would have given you more props if you linked a screen cap of the Gaming Forums with Hipster glasses photo shopped over it.

I can't be bothered to put that much effort into the whole mess. All I want is for all this mess to just stop.

I just want the nightmare to end. I want to get to my feet and see Anderson tugging me towards the conduit shouting, "You've been out cold for 15 minutes! I think they're trying to indoctrinate us!"

Yes... yes that would be much better XP

gigastar:

Daft Ghosty:

Earnest Cavalli:
Oh calm down guys, it was a throwaway joke. If you'd received the deluge of links to that Mass Effect 3 petition that we have over the last 24 hours, you'd be a bit snarky too.

You said it yourself. "Deluge" Does that sounds like a fractured community of of nutters? Sounds more like a passionate community who would like their voice heard, in the form of their favorite game news site. Not to be wrote off by a cynical writer who dismisses their very concerns with a "throwaway joke".

Id like to bet that people responsible for the "Deluge" also sent links to the situation to at least one other gaming news site or sent in links to multiple writers.

Its not as much about a passionate community who would like thier voice heard as it is a mass of people experiencing first hand the effect EA has on studios it buys.

And while Ernest is cynical, at least hes not ignorant.

I know full well what EA has done over the years. I've seen many game franchises destroyed as EA milked them by putting out a sub-par game, relying on the name alone to sell the game. They really are a cancer in the publishing world of gaming.

That being said this is a gaming news website not a blog. One might argue that Ernest was just. He is standing in a puddle of gas, with a bit of flint, and steel rubbing the two together. No one who would call them self something other than ignorant (which means you lack knowledge of the situation) performing such an action, unless they were being a troll. With the knowledge that they were making people who were already miserable even more so, while laughing at their suffering. Nope I'd rather think him ignorant, because the former just mass him a DB.

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