BioWare Hints at Big Things in Next Mass Effect 3 DLC

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BioWare Hints at Big Things in Next Mass Effect 3 DLC

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BioWare says it's "all hands on deck" for the next Mass Effect 3 expansion.

Commander Shepard's story arc may be over, but the Mass Effect 3 DLC train just keeps on rolling. Omega launched last week, detailing the effort to retake the lawless space station from the forces of Cerberus, and now it sounds like the next expansion will be even bigger.

"It's all hands on deck for this one. Pretty much every ME3 DLC writer here in Edmonton is involved. (which would include both Patrick Weekes AND John Dombrow)," level designer Jos Hendriks wrote on the BioWare forums. "If my math skills are correct, [that means] eight," he added in a later message.

BioWare voiceover producer Caroline Livingstone, meanwhile, revealed on Twitter that Seth Green, the voice of Joker, had returned for another voiceover session, his first since the game launched. Raphael Sbarge, the voice of Kaidan Alenko, tweeted all the way back in October that he was back in the studio as well and since no squaddies appeared in Omega, the assumption is that the return was to work on the next DLC release.

More recently, composer Sam Hulick stated on his own Twitter feed that he's also involved in the project. "What I'm up to lately: working on an unannounced Mass Effect 3 DLC! More details on this coming later on," he wrote yesterday. "High potential for tears."

And speaking of "all hands," composer Sascha Dikiciyan clarified earlier today that he and partner Cris Velasco are working on the score too. "We and Sam and doing a 5050 split. It's more than the usual dlcs," he wrote.

Neither BioWare nor EA have announced anything at this point but based on data gleaned from previous DLC releases, the next Mass Effect 3 expansion is expected to be centered on the Citadel.

via: Eurogamer

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IT or bust at this point. If they pull it off I'll consider sucking in my pride and getting Origin for this. ONLY if.

And yet....that ending.

I kid! I kid!......kinda. See even though the ending had it's issues that's not the problem regarding the DLC, the problem for me is that it was THE ending y'know? They can release DLC but in the end none of it affects the overall ending of the game that I've already seen. Makes it kinda hard for me to be that enthused about the DLC, as interesting as it sounds.

Soviet Heavy:
IT or bust at this point. If they pull it off I'll consider sucking in my pride and getting Origin for this. ONLY if.

You pretty much summed it up right there buddy.

Now they're trying to make sure the game NEVER ends.

DVS BSTrD:
Now they're trying to make sure the game NEVER ends.

As long as I get to keep putting Shepard's boot up Reaper asses with bigger and cooler(boots)guns, I'll gladly hold off ending the game to keep playin.

Mass Effect 4: The DLC.

TopazFusion:

anthony87:
And yet....that ending.

I kid! I kid!......kinda. See even though the ending had it's issues that's the problem regarding the DLC, the problem for me is that it was THE ending y'know? They can release DLC but in the end none of it affects the overall ending of the game that I've already seen. Makes it kinda hard for me to be that enthused about the DLC, as interesting as it sounds.

Exactly what I was going to say.

This story arc is already over. So to keep shoehorning extra unimportant bits into it just seems like a waste of time.

Was gonna say that too, why would I have to invest a lot of money in these expensive DLCs if everything I did was for nothing?

I hope it's where Sheperd has to embark on a series of convoluted mission in order to overcome his/her crippling lack of rhythm and win a dance contest against a reanimated and indoctrinated James Brown.

RhombusHatesYou:
I hope it's where Sheperd has to embark on a series of convoluted mission in order to overcome his/her crippling lack of rhythm and win a dance contest against a reanimated and indoctrinated James Brown.

I would buy that, but it should add in a choice at the end to ignore all the choices and challenge the reapers to a dance off

Tyranicus:

DVS BSTrD:
Now they're trying to make sure the game NEVER ends.

As long as I get to keep putting Shepard's boot up Reaper asses with bigger and cooler(boots)guns, I'll gladly hold off ending the game to keep playin.

I think most people would gladly hold off ending the game even without the added DLC :P

zdog jr:

RhombusHatesYou:
I hope it's where Sheperd has to embark on a series of convoluted mission in order to overcome his/her crippling lack of rhythm and win a dance contest against a reanimated and indoctrinated James Brown.

I would buy that, but it should add in a choice at the end to ignore all the choices and challenge the reapers to a dance off

Nah, the new ending choice will be to engage the Reapers in a Rap Battle, because Bioware are all about appealing to new demographics these days.

I said it in another thread: I want new squad members. Need someone new to chat up. On that note, also please stop having Shepard speak on his own. It's incredibly cringe-inducing. But yeah, there's a lot of space on the Normandy where someone can hang out: Lower engineering, life support, that walled-off room where Jacob used to be in ME2.

And can we please make the end choice of Mass Effect 2 matter in some way other than changing the decor of a single room a little? Seriously, everyone just knew that choice would be a huge deal. There were tons of threads here about that single choice alone. And it really ended up amounting to next to nothing.

here's to hoping the ending was just really a bad dream.

Andy Chalk:
BioWare Hints at Big Things in Next Mass Effect 3 DLC

Neither BioWare nor EA have announced anything at this point but based on data gleaned from previous DLC releases, the next Mass Effect 3 expansion is expected to be centered on the Citadel.

Hey, maybe the Citadel Defense Force will finally do something then!

Tsaba:
here's to hoping the ending was just really a bad dream.

The entire series past the point where Sheperd gets zapped by the first Prothean beacon is a hallucinatory episode caused by the beacon forcing alien information into his/her brain.

The ending is still gonna suck, and not be effected by this new content, so I will continue to not give a shit about Bioware products.

My god Bioware, I mean, my god. You're really trying to hammer this series into the ground. I mean, the asinine ending aside, clipping in as much DLC as you can into your story-based game is not the best idea. I'm actually interested to see the ratios between those who bought Mass Effect 3 and those who purchased the DLC. I get a feeling there's a pretty constant downward trend in their consumer base.

To quote Joss Whedon: "You have to know at what point mouth-to-mouth becomes necrophilia."

DustyDrB:
I said it in another thread: I want new squad members. Need someone new to chat up. On that note, also please stop having Shepard speak on his own. It's incredibly cringe-inducing. But yeah, there's a lot of space on the Normandy where someone can hang out: Lower engineering, life support, that walled-off room where Jacob used to be in ME2.

And can we please make the end choice of Mass Effect 2 matter in some way other than changing the decor of a single room a little? Seriously, everyone just knew that choice would be a huge deal. There were tons of threads here about that single choice alone. And it really ended up amounting to next to nothing.

At this point, they may as well go whole-hog and just make a whole expansion pack. New squadmates integrated into the main game, more armor/weapons, content and a redone ending. It's about the only thing they have left at this point, considering how fractured the fanbase still is, even after nine months.

Considering we're in a year where Bethesda has put out two $20 packs that have far, far more content, weapons, encounters and gameplay areas than anyone else could dream up, Bioware really needs to step their game up and stop delivering these middling missions that have little relevance to anything else.

I don't see why Bioware doesn't just make an alternate ending DLC at this point. They had THEIR shitty conclusion. I don't care if they even plaster "THIS. IS. NOT. CANON." All up and down the thing. If they made a quality conclusion and released it as DLC, of course there'd be a huge hissy fit over it.

There's no denying however, it'd be THE best selling DLC of the year.

I know it, you know it, I can't perceive Bioware not knowing it.

I for one am quite curious to see what this going to be about.

There is no way I am actually going to buy it. After the absolute catastrophe of the endings, I have not been able to work up any enthusiasm or even contemplate sinking another penny into this destroyed franchise.

Still curious to see what attempt or hook there will be to wring some more money out of the masses.

Centered around the Citadel eh? Maybe we will finally get a (lore retconned) explanation as to why the Reapers did not just A-Roll over the Citadel forces, claimed it. Then shut down all relays in the universe. As. We. Were. Informed. In. ME1! And then proceeded to do what they did in all previous cycles... take out a system 1 by 1, with no loses, since they had no intel, no resources to transfer between worlds (isolated), and no reinforcements / alternate worlds to regroup at.
We only stopped them from calling in the Reaper Fleet... which they solved damn well themselves between ME2 and 3... which -should- have left us back at square one... but for some reason they decided to brawl with us... *facedesk*

Because they seem to be just fine about steamrolling over it in time for it to be a plot device on Earth...

...why did you not do this from the beginning again?

At this point in time I'm putting my money on the excuse that Harbinger accidently deleted that tactical folder along with his final boss script in order to make space on his harddrive for more surveilance footage of Shepard.

Well the bright side is that as long as Bioware/EA are distracted with this, they won't be ruining any new IP's.

Blind Sight:
My god Bioware, I mean, my god. You're really trying to hammer this series into the ground. I mean, the asinine ending aside, clipping in as much DLC as you can into your story-based game is not the best idea. I'm actually interested to see the ratios between those who bought Mass Effect 3 and those who purchased the DLC. I get a feeling there's a pretty constant downward trend in their consumer base.

To quote Joss Whedon: "You have to know at what point mouth-to-mouth becomes necrophilia."

This.

Fix ending or GTFO, Bioware.

No sane person can congratulate Casey Hudson after what he did to an otherwise excellent series.

DustyDrB:
I said it in another thread: I want new squad members. Need someone new to chat up. On that note, also please stop having Shepard speak on his own. It's incredibly cringe-inducing. But yeah, there's a lot of space on the Normandy where someone can hang out: Lower engineering, life support, that walled-off room where Jacob used to be in ME2.

Hell why stop there they can add at some more squad mate interactions with each other. would love to see my team mates interact with each other more often aside from some moments of gold. or you can at least bring back wrex or grunt my team feels empty with out some kind krogan there.

ok, even when the last DLC was a bit over priced, it was good. at least i had a very good time playing it. im wondering how the new DLC will be but im sure looking forward to it.

Curious thing - I'd started a new trilogy playthrough in preparation for the Omega DLC. I did the mission after the Cerberus coup, and was slightly disappointed (Nyreen was interesting but underused, and there's really only one "choice" that affects how the story unfolds). I got a little further... and then I stopped. Just couldn't be arsed to keep playing. And I realized it was because I knew my actions at that point in the game would make no further difference: resolving the situation on Rannoch, failing on Thessia, then Horizon, Cerberus HQ and Earth. And then I'd have to listen to that awful, awful Catalyst speech again, and watch the Extended Cut ending I'd already seen twice before (because I choose Destroy every time, it's the only ending that feels right to me).

And I think that, more than anything, serves as an indictment of Bioware - I had a great time replaying ME1 and ME2 again, but ME3? I've literally stopped in the middle of the game and gone off to do other things. And after the letdown of Omega, I find it absolutely impossible to believe that maybe the next DLC will change that...

anthony87:
And yet....that ending.

I kid! I kid!......kinda. See even though the ending had it's issues that's not the problem regarding the DLC, the problem for me is that it was THE ending y'know? They can release DLC but in the end none of it affects the overall ending of the game that I've already seen. Makes it kinda hard for me to be that enthused about the DLC, as interesting as it sounds.

Actually the Leviathan expansion does add a new bit of dialogue at the end, so it's at least mentioned. Haven't beaten the game after beating Omega yet though, so I can't say anything about that.

And the point isn't necessarily about the ending or the DLC's impact on the ending, it's just going on new adventures with Shepard. :P

-Dragmire-:

Hey, maybe the Citadel Defense Force will finally do something then!

Oh my God, that annoyed me so much in the game. I thought it would at least be taken into account for a choice or something given what happens in the game, but nope. Was like, "Oh...so that pretty much...didn't matter at all". Was confused for a long while, lol.

But anyways, I'm glad that more DLC is coming. Like others have said though, because ME3 ended in such a way that DLC can't really affect anything (unless they added a new ending option which is so beyond the realm of possibility at this point, its best not to even think about it), it seems kinda...bleh, you know? I mean, most Mass Effect DLC is pretty good (except for Pinnacle Station in ME1,) so at the very least it'll probably be worth the purchase. I kinda want a new squadmember just to shake things up a bit, but I think the squad is perfect in ME3, so I'm a bit torn on it. It just bugs me that areas of the ship like Life Support are completely empty. But hey, new squadmate means more squad interaction, which means another playthrough would be interesting.

And if this DLC happens to be Lair of the Shadow Broker good, then that's even better.

*checks bioware site*.. hmm apparently they released a pile of DLC i never even knew about. feels weird that i used to almost religiously check to see what was being released and no i dont even notice for the most part

They're actually focussing a little on writng? Well geez it's about fucking time.
But eh. . . too little too late.

Bioware is dead to me.

I enjoyed dragon age 2. Hell, I defended it to people. No, it wasn't great, but it was fun enough.

I could have defended most of ME3 - because even the non-ending parts after the end of the first act are pretty flawed.

But the ending is simply god awful. The extended ending is marginally, marginally better, but still dreadful.

The company was one of the greats. Made some of the best games I've ever played. But now, they are just

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I only ever saw the with-DLC ending but I thought it was absolutly brilliant, you all seem very hard to please. That said there doesn't seem like theres room in the story for another big fat DLC.

Blind Sight:
My god Bioware, I mean, my god. You're really trying to hammer this series into the ground. I mean, the asinine ending aside, clipping in as much DLC as you can into your story-based game is not the best idea. I'm actually interested to see the ratios between those who bought Mass Effect 3 and those who purchased the DLC. I get a feeling there's a pretty constant downward trend in their consumer base.

To quote Joss Whedon: "You have to know at what point mouth-to-mouth becomes necrophilia."

Considering Joss Whedon enjoyed vampire slayer - vampire (demonically animated corpse) romance I wouldn't trust his views on necrophilia.

OT: Yeah they just need to let the series die with what little dignity remains. I saw reviews of ME3 and was horrified so didn't get it. The dlc is doing little to encourage me to get ME3 either, maybe if they pulled a rimmer with the ending:
catalyst "make a choice"
shepard *kicks him in the balls* "Not today matey"
catalyst "gasp...thats never happened before, gasp"

Nihlus2:
Centered around the Citadel eh? Maybe we will finally get a (lore retconned) explanation as to why the Reapers did not just A-Roll over the Citadel forces, claimed it. Then shut down all relays in the universe. As. We. Were. Informed. In. ME1! And then proceeded to do what they did in all previous cycles... take out a system 1 by 1, with no loses, since they had no intel, no resources to transfer between worlds (isolated), and no reinforcements / alternate worlds to regroup at.
We only stopped them from calling in the Reaper Fleet... which they solved damn well themselves between ME2 and 3... which -should- have left us back at square one... but for some reason they decided to brawl with us... *facedesk*

Because they seem to be just fine about steamrolling over it in time for it to be a plot device on Earth...

...why did you not do this from the beginning again?

At this point in time I'm putting my money on the excuse that Harbinger accidently deleted that tactical folder along with his final boss script in order to make space on his harddrive for more surveilance footage of Shepard.

I've never seen this as a problem, honestly. Any attack from the Reapers on the Citadel will take long enough that the Citadel will have time to lock itself up, leaving the Reapers in a long-term siege situation. On top of that, the Citadel is probably the most heavily guarded system in the galaxy. There's just no immediate advantage to the Reapers in attacking. They probably were planning to hit the Citadel at some point but only after bleeding the allied fleets dry.

On top of all that, the Normandy still has a Reaper IFF, and that has, at the very least, been shared with Cerberus and probably the Alliance too. So even if the Reapers did lock down the Mass Relays, quite a few ships could still get through them.

Anyway, on topic: I really hope that this DLC focuses on the Reapers somehow. Not just the Reaper's background, but the actual Reapers. I want to hear Harbinger yelling at me. I want Shepard to blow another Reaper up - preferably an actual Sovereign sized one this time! And I'd quite like to go through the Citadel Relay to see what's in Dark Space.

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