After launching the Leviathan downloadable content (DLC) for Mass Effect 3 back in August, BioWare is all set to launch the next one. According to Eurogamer, BioWare has announced the price and the release date for the new Mass Effect 3 DLC, titled Omega. The single player campaign is launching for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 27, and will cost 1,200 Microsoft Points or about $15 (Rs 793).
Omega is set to be the most expensive DLC released for the Mass Effect series yet, not counting in the online pass that came bundled with new copies of Mass Effect 2 , but cost 1,200 Microsoft Points if you had a used copy. It is also set to be the largest DLC for Mass Effect 3 so far, with producer Mike Gamble describing it during the ongoing New York Comic Con as “double the size” of the largest Mass Effect 3 DLC so far. The DLC has you revisit Omega from the second game and team up with the ruler, Aria T’loak, to retake the space station back from the control of Cerberus. Among the features of the DLC is the inclusion of new enemies like the Cerberus Dragoon class, which was recently added in the game for the multiplayer.
The Omega Space Station as seen in Mass Effect 2 (Image Credit: Mass Effect Wiki)
Back in August, BioWare had released the Leviathan DLC for Mass Effect 3. Leviathan, which was announced earlier in August, takes place during the events of Mass Effect 3. The protagonist of the game, Commander Shepard, is thrust into the darkest corners of space where he will hunt a mysterious being rumoured to be powerful enough to destroy a Reaper. As Shepard races against time, he will begin to learn more about the secret of the Leviathan. Here is a summary of the story, according to BioWare, “Something lurks in the dark corners of space, something powerful enough to kill a Reaper. Shepard must discover the most closely guarded secret in the galaxy before the Reapers silence it forever. Discover more about the origins of the Reapers as you race across the galaxy to find the Leviathan. Unravel the dark history of the Reaper Race before it is too late. Coming later this summer there is no war, only the harvest.”
Mass Effect 3 has gained a large amount of notoriety among gamers for having one of the most disappointing endings ever made in a game. One of the biggest reasons for the disappointing ending was that players had been waiting for a satisfying end to the story since the first Mass Effect game came out in 2007. The trilogy took around five years to finish and players were left with a sour taste in their mouth after finishing Mass Effect 3. To fix this, BioWare had released an 'Extended Cut' DLC, which promised to expand on the ending.
The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC aimed to expand on the game’s disappointing ending through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes. The Extended Cut also includes deeper insight in Commander Shepard’s journey, based entirely on player choices during the war against the Reapers. The DLC was released for free on 26 June for the PC, the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The DLC does not fundamentally change the ending, but instead, adds to it.
According to BioWare, “The Extended Cut expands on the endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences. It provides more of the answers and closure that players have been asking for. It gives a sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions made throughout the series. And it shows greater detail in the successes or failures based on how players achieved their endings.”