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.