BioWare Unveils Mass Effect 3: Earth

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BioWare Unveils Mass Effect 3: Earth

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The newest Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC will arrive later this month.

We first heard about this back in June, but BioWare has now made it official. Earth, the latest multiplayer add-on for Mass Effect 3, will bring the usual mix of new stuff to the party along with a brand-new difficulty level for those who find the current top-tier a little too soft for their liking. And best of all, it's free.

The "new stuff" category includes three weapons, the Piranha assault shotgun, the Acolyte pistol and the Typhoon assault rifle, plus six new human N7 classes, the Destroyer Soldier, the Paladin Sentinel, the Demolisher Engineer, the Slayer Vanguard, the Shadow Infiltrator and the Fury Adept, each with new abilities and melee attacks. Three new Firebases are included with the update - Rio, Vancouver and London - as is the presumably tougher-than-nails Platinum difficulty level.

Mass Effect 3: Earth drops worldwide on July 17 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, except for PS3 owners in Europe, who for some inexplicable reason must wait an extra day. To find out more (although there's really not much more to find out), have a look at the BioWare Blog.

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Andy Chalk:

The "new stuff" category includes three weapons, the Piranha assault shotgun, the Acolyte pistol and the Typhoon assault rifle, plus six new human N7 classes, the Destroyer Soldier, the Paladin Sentinel, the Demolisher Engineer, the Slayer Vanguard, the Shadow Infiltrator and the Fury Adept, each with new abilities and melee attacks. Three new Firebases are included with the update - Rio, Vancouver and London - as is the presumably tougher-than-nails Platinum difficulty level.

It will also add new weapon mods some which simply add effects that weren't available to those weapons types up to this point (ex omni blade bayonet for assault rifles)as well as combo mods like heavy barrels that do bonus dmg as well as armor penetration all in one mod slot but at the cost of increasing the weapons weight. In addition there will be a new objective where players on wave 3/6/10 will have to escort a VIP to an extraction zone although it hasn't been made clear if the VIP will be a player designated at random or an NPC.

edit: here are the textures for the new mods http://minus.com/m9oODlCCo/4g

PS3 has to wait because of some PSN issue, that's what always happens with those updates.

If anyone plans to do platinum difficulty... Good luck,
I'm not going near it. :/
(who wants to bet the first event after this DLC will be a Platinum Extraction...)

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It's going to take serious expansion of gameplay modes to get me interested in ME multiplayer again.
But then, Bioware stopped taking Mass Effect seriously some time ago.

I don't know anyone who plays ME3 multiplayer anymore :P

Huh, I didn't think they had anything else to pull out of their ass after they added the Vorcha.

Me and my friends play often, and Gold was pretty easy once you know what to do. Glad they added this plus new stuff.

No more multiplayer DLC come on focus on single player DLC,the first 2 were single player only and were amazing, wasting time on multiplayer is what put us in this predicament in first place less dialogue options somtimes entire cutscenes with out trees, come on stuff the wider audience give two shits about the fans that made the series so popular.

Bioware is reeeeeally trying to build back their rep. I almost feel bad for them.

You know, in the old days, if a game series this well-liked was this mistreated by its makers at the end, there was always the option for a group of talented fans to just hack in better dialogue or scenes, whether it was legal or not. And hey, if volunteer hackers could do a better job than the developers, I say screw the law.

With voice acting, that's less of a possibility now.

At least, it will be until the technology to synthesize real voices is made practical. Maybe some day long in the future someone will be able to rewrite ME3 into what it could and should have been.

Surprised how fast they're adding all this stuff. You'd think they'd space them out more so that they get interest in the multiplayer back up each time.

Dial back the humans, we have enough of them.
Seriously, give me a Quarian Destroyer, that would be fun.
Either way, this is nice I guess, more free stuff might eventually make me go back to it for a third playthrough.
In fact, I have been thinking about making a new Paragon Fem Shep...

I DON'T CARE. Give me single player DLC. If you want to make multi and single fine, but stop taking resources from single and making multi. People don't flock to Mass effect just for multi.

They're all humans? Awww......

I was hoping for a light weight Turian that can dive.

Lethos:
Bioware is reeeeeally trying to build back their rep. I almost feel bad for them.

I don't think so, while I'm on the forums sometimes, People are claiming complaining they've wasted a good few hundred dollars because of the buggy "marketplace".

while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

Well, I was interested until I realized there are no new game modes. Come on Bioware, the reason most of us who were playing the multiplayer quit was because there was never anything new. Once you got tired of hoping the next pack would contain a new class instead of your 17th Turian Sentinel there was really nothing left.

If they added a new game mode (Or possibly even just a completely new enemy set), I would come back and play some more. Until then, there's just no point.

Also: I love how they've managed to get brownie points for 'free' DLC from people despite it being the most expensive DLC ever released. You pay $2 for a chance at possibly getting one piece of it. You can in theory get everything for free, but it's far more likely you'll get bored long before then. And if you're interested in just using the new stuff? Have fun spending easily $100+ with no promise of actually unlocking the character you actually wanted to play with.

They've managed to create a system that simultaneously punishes both free and paying users, and for that they deserve applause. Such a feat should not rationally be possible.

gmaverick019:
while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

Yes. There were people that were asking for multiplayer in ME 2. Specificaly the ability take control of Shepards squad mates in a form of co-op.

Yay, six new classes I will never get. Looks like I'll have to settle with my new color unlock for my useless Batarian Sentinel.

kiri2tsubasa:

gmaverick019:
while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

Yes. There were people that were asking for multiplayer in ME 2. Specificaly the ability take control of Shepards squad mates in a form of co-op.

yes, which that is MUCH different than the multiplayer they gave us, not to mention (it might be impossible, i haven't checked the numbers lately) annoying as fuck to attempt to do a single player run and get full EMS for the full ending/choices, which they said wouldn't ever be needed.

it's just stupidly annoying to see them pour so much effort into multi when the series has been single player (not to say that no game series can ever change directions, just don't do it in the third game of a trilogy.)

gmaverick019:

kiri2tsubasa:

gmaverick019:
while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

Yes. There were people that were asking for multiplayer in ME 2. Specificaly the ability take control of Shepards squad mates in a form of co-op.

yes, which that is MUCH different than the multiplayer they gave us, not to mention (it might be impossible, i haven't checked the numbers lately) annoying as fuck to attempt to do a single player run and get full EMS for the full ending/choices, which they said wouldn't ever be needed.

it's just stupidly annoying to see them pour so much effort into multi when the series has been single player (not to say that no game series can ever change directions, just don't do it in the third game of a trilogy.)

I think their were other multiplayer options people wanted, like death matches. Since all I have is my smart phone and it doesn't like this site I can not effecitvly check. Sorry about that

pandorum:
No more multiplayer DLC come on focus on single player DLC,the first 2 were single player only and were amazing, wasting time on multiplayer is what put us in this predicament in first place less dialogue options somtimes entire cutscenes with out trees, come on stuff the wider audience give two shits about the fans that made the series so popular.

Eri:
I DON'T CARE. Give me single player DLC. If you want to make multi and single fine, but stop taking resources from single and making multi. People don't flock to Mass effect just for multi.

gmaverick019:
while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

What if I told you... Some people ENJOY the multi-player, and think its nice to receive free add-ons to keep it a wee bit fresh.

Also, one team is making small multi-player DLC whilst another larger team is probably at work on new single player content.

Cat of Doom:

Eri:
If you want to make multi and single fine

What if I told you... I like the multi but that isn't the point, I just want them to focus on single player first because that's what the franchise is about.

We're complaining about free stuff?

What horrors... >.>

Cat of Doom:

pandorum:
No more multiplayer DLC come on focus on single player DLC,the first 2 were single player only and were amazing, wasting time on multiplayer is what put us in this predicament in first place less dialogue options somtimes entire cutscenes with out trees, come on stuff the wider audience give two shits about the fans that made the series so popular.

Eri:
I DON'T CARE. Give me single player DLC. If you want to make multi and single fine, but stop taking resources from single and making multi. People don't flock to Mass effect just for multi.

gmaverick019:
while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

What if I told you... Some people ENJOY the multi-player, and think its nice to receive free add-ons to keep it a wee bit fresh.

Also, one team is making small multi-player DLC whilst another larger team is probably at work on new single player content.

I was on about FREE single player DLC like the Reager Carbine or the Cerberus modded Mattock.

McMullen:
I say screw THE LOOOOOOAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!
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I'm sorry I just couldn't resist.

PS:People still play the multiplayer?What the hell??!!

Savber:
We're complaining about free stuff?

What horrors... >.>

Well that's exactly it though! It's 'free' but only so they have an excuse for trying to pay for it be the equivalent of putting coins in a slot machine. I WANT to play as a Salarian Infiltrator. I've wanted to since day one. I've played for a long time trying to crack packs in the desperate hope of getting one before getting bored and giving up. I could pay money to try to buy packs, but I don't see why I'd bother giving EA my money only to find out that no, I don't get anything, but I'm perfectly welcome to hand them more money to see if this pack will contain what I want.

'Free stuff' only works if you don't use the possibility of getting it for free as an excuse for not providing a real method of paying to get it. If I can't pay money OR play for free to receive the result I want, I can sure as hell complain about it. I would happily pay $5 or so for each of these installments and I would likely grudgingly pay $10. Right now? I'm paying $0 and not even playing anymore.

Cat of Doom:

pandorum:
No more multiplayer DLC come on focus on single player DLC,the first 2 were single player only and were amazing, wasting time on multiplayer is what put us in this predicament in first place less dialogue options somtimes entire cutscenes with out trees, come on stuff the wider audience give two shits about the fans that made the series so popular.

Eri:
I DON'T CARE. Give me single player DLC. If you want to make multi and single fine, but stop taking resources from single and making multi. People don't flock to Mass effect just for multi.

gmaverick019:
while it's interesting that the multi is actually decently polished now...i'll give them props for that,

but

why in the flying fuck are they trying so hard to force multiplayer on a fanbase that clearly has been buying their games for the single player portion? not to mention did anyone ask for this?

certainly not adam jensen, but come on, fuckin EA.

What if I told you... Some people ENJOY the multi-player, and think its nice to receive free add-ons to keep it a wee bit fresh.

Also, one team is making small multi-player DLC whilst another larger team is probably at work on new single player content.

err...read what i said again? i never said no one enjoyed it? I did enjoy it for a while, a few of my friends I know who got it did too, i merely stated that people bought/buy the mass effect games for the single player and story parts of it, while they are churning out these multi random booster pack add ons, single player got the EC, and even then that was a bit underwhelming for all those months.

If I walked into a fast food restaraunt and kept offering people salads and fruit, saying "look! i'm such a great guy and should have a good reputation!", all the people there will probably give me a "wtf?" look and pass on it, while going back to enjoying their delicious cheeseburger/chicken.

(weird and possibly bad analogy, but don't really care enough at the moment to fix it better.)

kiri2tsubasa:

gmaverick019:

kiri2tsubasa:

Yes. There were people that were asking for multiplayer in ME 2. Specificaly the ability take control of Shepards squad mates in a form of co-op.

yes, which that is MUCH different than the multiplayer they gave us, not to mention (it might be impossible, i haven't checked the numbers lately) annoying as fuck to attempt to do a single player run and get full EMS for the full ending/choices, which they said wouldn't ever be needed.

it's just stupidly annoying to see them pour so much effort into multi when the series has been single player (not to say that no game series can ever change directions, just don't do it in the third game of a trilogy.)

I think their were other multiplayer options people wanted, like death matches. Since all I have is my smart phone and it doesn't like this site I can not effecitvly check. Sorry about that

i do remember seeing stuff about death matches, i would have preferred to just join in my friends campaign or vise versa on the fly, taking spots of one of their followers (or just my own slot even, the multi now supports 4 people, i see no reason why the campaign co op couldn't) and played with them whereever they were at and continue the story, i can't tell you how many hours/playthroughs in gears of war 1 and 2 I did with friends using that option, while we played maybe..5 minutes of the other multiplayer?

still, not really bitching about that here, just saying it was a single player set of games and they should have at least finished out the trilogy in that manner (you gotta admit the single player is still a bit rough around the edges, while the multi has recieved how many DLC add ons now?)

Bolt-206:
If anyone plans to do platinum difficulty... Good luck,
I'm not going near it. :/
(who wants to bet the first event after this DLC will be a Platinum Extraction...)

I can't imageine there's anyone who thinks Gold isn't quite difficult enough (barring exploits, anyways).

Blindrooster:
Me and my friends play often, and Gold was pretty easy once you know what to do. Glad they added this plus new stuff.

I guess I stand corrected. Huh.

mad825:

Lethos:
Bioware is reeeeeally trying to build back their rep. I almost feel bad for them.

I don't think so, while I'm on the forums sometimes, People are claiming complaining they've wasted a good few hundred dollars because of the buggy "marketplace".

Sad to say, but there's a word for those people. "Chumps." Anything you can get in the multiplayer marketplace with real money, you can get for free by playing the game and racking up credits.

Just in time for BioWare to have convinced me to never touch Mass Effect again.

And not even a single new turian? BioWare, get it together.

wow they just wont stop pushing that damn multiplayer addon. I got bored of that not even a week after first trying it.

fi6eka:

McMullen:
I say screw THE LOOOOOOAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!
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I'm sorry I just couldn't resist.

PS:People still play the multiplayer?What the hell??!!

What's that from?

I don't get why the DLC is showing off earth. A lot of people seem to hate Earth. I don't really understand it since outside the marketing Earth has a role that is very appropriate considering it's a homeworld. But what I do understand is wanting to see more alien locations, and have more alien classes.
I guess I just don't have much enthusiasm f- OH MY GOD. You can look like Katsumi!?
Ahem, I mean. This is acceptable.

fi6eka:

PS:People still play the multiplayer?What the hell??!!

It can be really fun. Get in a team with people who talk and you are bound to make some friends.
The booster back system of unlocking is the biggest drain on the will to play, you want to use one class or weapon really badly but you can never get it from the packs and end up drowning in the items you have no use for. I have all the ammo restocks I could need, enough medi-gel to revive entire armies and Just about every Infiltrator, Engineer and Soldier class on offer. Yet I also have only two rockets, a single health boost (but the ability to take more than the default 2 with me into a match) and I have yet to unlock any characters for Vanguard, the class I both love and play the most on.

The worst part is they knew this system was going to be like this, terrible. it's why you can pay real money rather than credits to get the booster packs.

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