The new single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3 will be here soon.
The fact that things came to a pretty definite conclusion at the end of Mass Effect 3 doesn't mean that BioWare can't squeeze in some story-expanding DLC months after the fact. There's plenty of space in the middle bits to cram something in, after all, and that's the plan for Leviathan, the upcoming expansion that sees Commander Shepard and the gang hunting for a massive, mysterious creature that kills Reapers for fun.
BioWare says Leviathan will "expand upon the events of Mass Effect 3, with gripping and emotional storytelling, compelling new characters, and powerful weapons and upgrades." It hasn't been overly forthcoming with plot details but IGN revealed earlier this month that Shepard becomes drawn into Admiral Hackett's hunt for the Leviathan following the murder of a scientist who had begun to make some headway in the search. The murder at first appears to be a matter of Reaper indoctrination, but apparently there may be other forces at play.
It sounds pretty cool, but is it actually interesting enough to bother with? We all know how the Mass Effect story ends, after all, so no matter what you do or what happens in Leviathan, the outcome will be the same. Eidos did something very similar with The Missing Link DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but that game didn't end with quite the same degree of finality as Mass Effect 3. I used to say that more Mass Effect could never be a bad thing, but now I'm not so sure.
In any event, Mass Effect 3: Leviathan comes out on August 28 for the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 in North America for 800 MS Points or $9.99; PlayStation 3 users in Europe will have to wait until August 29.