Final two DLC packs for Mass Effect 3 will be coming soon.
Get ready for the end only two more DLC for Mass Effect 3 will be coming soon. Mass Effect 3: Citadel is BioWare’s final single-player expansion, and it’s out in March. Free multiplayer expansion Reckoning is also inbound, coming next week.
The DLC will launch March 5th for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. it’ll cost $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points. It comes after the free multiplayer expansion ‘Reckoning’, which launches February 26th, which adds new weapons, maps and gear into the mix.
BioWare community manager Chris Priestly posted a ‘Citadel’ synopsis on the BioWare forumsthat reads:
Eurogamer has reported that in 2009 BioWare was working on a spy RPG game called ‘Agent’, the game was going to be a PS3 exclusive but EA didn’t approve of the game’s concept. Trent Oster had this to say about the concept:
“The concept was to do the other half of GoldenEye, the idea being that James Bond isn’t just a gun that walks around the world and shoots people. He’s a suave manipulator, he’s a talented martial artist, he’s a secret agent. We wanted to cross that 007 with Jason Bourne, where he’s been modified in some way; you’re not sure what, but he’s definitely deadly.
“We really wanted to push the acting side, the digital acting. We really wanted to be very high drama, very intense scenes. I always think of the scene in the second Bourne movie where Jason Bourne’s choking the guy out with a book and he’s right in his face and it’s this very intense moment. That was one of the key things we wanted to carry off.”
Sounds like a solid concept, especially coming from the studio that created the memorable original IP Jade Empire, so why wouldn’t EA try the game and trust BioWare? According to Trent it was because the game “failed to survive the recession.”
Maybe we’ll see ‘Agent’ down the road one day, maybe as a multiplatform game? Only time and EA’s trust in BioWare will tell.
Bioware confirms a new Mass Effect Game is in production.
Casey Hudson has revealed via Twitter BioWare is working on a “completely new Mass Effect game.” This is the first concrete confirmation that there will be life for the Mass Effect franchise after Mass Effect 3
The tweet reads:
“We’re in early stages of designing a completely new Mass Effect game. What would you want to see in it?”
The man asked you a question. What would you like to see in the new Mass Effect game. I know I would like them to go back and make the game a RPG not a mindless shooter.
Mass Effect 3 Retaliation drops on October 9th for Xbox Live an PSN
The upcoming Retaliation DLC pack for Mass Effect 3 brings a lot of goodies to the party. The Collectors make a return as a new enemy faction with the Collector Praetorian, Scion, Abomination, Trooper and Captain, while Cerberus continues to cause trouble with the addition of the Dragoon and the Geth roll out new drones. Balancing those threats are new class kits including the Turian Havoc Soldier and Turian Ghost Infiltrator, plus the promise of “many more being added on a regular basis.”
The DLC will also introduce “Hazard” versions of existing multiplayer maps, which will confront players with Acid, Lightning, Meltdowns, Sandstorms, Swarms and Whiteouts when they come under attack. Collector weapons including the Assault Rifle, Sub-Machine Gun and Sniper Rifle will be added as unlockables, as will new ammo mods and gear upgrades.
Finally, a new “Challenge” feature will be added to multiplayer that will allow players to track their online accomplishments, compare them with friends and earn “Challenge Points,” which can be used to unlock special titles and banners that “allow you to personalize your multiplayer experience.”
BioWare says this is the “largest upgrade to date,” and it’s also free, which is a pretty big plus. Mass Effect 3: Retaliation launches on October 9 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Get all the details at the BioWare.
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Mass Effect trilogy set coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
BioWare has announced that a Mass Effect Trilogy set will be coming to Xbox 360 and PC on November 6th for $59.99 and will combine all three games. A PS3 version will follow suite but no release date has been announced for it. This will also be the first Time the first Mass Effect will be on the PS3. BioWare will also be releasing the first Mass Effect as a stand alone on the PlayStation Network. This marks the first time Mass Effect, which was published by Microsoft Studios originally, will make its way to Sony’s console. No word yet if they will bring this set out on the Wii U or not.
Separately, BioWare announced N7 Day, a “worldwide celebration” that will take place on November 7th. The day will include in-game, online and live events, and more details will be coming soon on MassEffect.com.
BioWare co-founders retiring from the industry
BioWare co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck have retired from the company. In blog posts released on BioWare’s official site, both men explained how they came to the decision and what they’ll be moving on to next.
Muzyka intends to enter the entrepreneurship field, writing, “I believe strongly in the power of free enterprise to enable sustainable change, so my next ‘chapter’ will likely focus on an entirely new industry, something exciting, different and frankly downright scary – investing in and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and more specifically, the field of social/impact investing.”
Aaryn Flynn takes the future of BioWare
Just after minutes after BioWares’s co-founders announced their retirement from the studio. The GM posted a blog about the future of Bioware including some of the games.
First up was Mass Effect. ”Executive Producer Casey Hudson and his team are coming off an amazing eight-year run with the Mass Effect trilogy. But they’re not done yet. We are releasing more multiplayer content and we have more single-player stories coming throughout the next six months, including Omega which is coming in the Fall. But the Mass Effect universe is vast, and Casey and our teams have plans for another full game. “Where to go next?” with such a project has been a question a lot of us have been asking, and we’d all love to hear your ideas.” So we know know that they are in the planning stages for a new Mass Effect game!
Second was Dragon Age 3. “Yesterday, we announced that BioWare is now developing the next chapter of the Dragon Age series. Executive Producer Mark Darrah and our teams have been meeting with fans about what they want in a new Dragon Age game. I love spending time with the Dragon Age team as they work on Inquisition. The thought-provoking discussions, the fun, and most of all, the discovery of what’s possible on a new engine is both exhilarating and humbling.”
Last but not least was new games coming from BioWare. ”Both Dragon Age and Mass Effect started as single games but grew into vast universes. But we aren’t stopping there. While Casey continues to oversee the development of our new Mass Effect project, he and his leads are putting together their vision for an all new game set in a fictional universe, built from the bottom-up with all new gaming technology.”
So as of right now we have a pretty good idea of what we will be seeing from BioWare in the near future. What do you guys think of all this news comng from BioWare?
Bioware has announced a new title in the Dragon Age franchise.
BioWare has announced Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Set to arrive in late 2013, Dragon Age 3 will be built on a new RPG engine using DICE’s Frostbite 2 technology as a foundation. According to a post from executive producer Mark Darrah on the game’s official site, the development team contains many of the same people that have been working on the franchise since Dragon Age: Origins.
“The Dragon Age team has been working on Dragon Age 3: Inquisition for almost two years now,” said BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn. “We’ve been poring over player feedback from past games and connecting directly with our fans. They haven’t held back, so we’re not either. With Dragon Age 3: Inquisition, we want to give fans what they’re asking for – a great story with choices that matter, a massive world to explore, deep customization and combat that is both tactical and visceral.”
“At the same time,” Flynn added, “we know we need new technology to truly make this vision become fully realized. And we’ve been working with DICE to make Frostbite 2 the foundation for the engine that is going to power Dragon Age 3.”
Few details have been officially announced, including which platforms Dragon Age 3 will be coming to. “There’s much more to talk about, of course, but it will have to wait until it’s ready for the prime time,” Darrah said. “We are going to be as open as we can. We will continue to have a dialogue with you and answer what questions we can. Keep providing us with your feedback. I’m excited about what we are working on and I hope that you will be too. I know this is going to be hard to believe, but it is just as hard for me not to tell you stuff as it is for you to wait.”
What say you? Are you excited about the next game? Or did Dragon Age 2 leave a bad taste in your mouth. Let us know!