‘Mass Effect 3′ DLC Screenshots Teased By BioWare

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Mass Effect 3 Interactive Story Trailer

It seems like it was just yesterday that Mass Effect came out of nowhere, storming the third-person shooter and RPG genres by storm. And if current plans for Mass Effect 3 DLC are any indication, the developers at BioWare aren’t showing any signs of slowing.

After hinting that the next dose of Mass Effect 3 DLC would be bringing “all hands on deck” members of the development team released the first teaser images for what they have in store. It appears the ‘decks’ in question will be of the casino sort, not military.

Though the biggest questions (and largest supplies of optimism) where Mass Effect‘s future are concerned rest with the next game in the franchise – will you play as an alien? Will it be a prequel or sequel? – BioWare isn’t done with ME3 just yet. They’re calling more writers and voice cast members than any expansion previous, setting the stage for the largest (and potentially most interactive and open-ended) DLC we’ve seen yet.

Exactly what this talented group is being assembled to deliver isn’t clear, and a release date or detailed descriptions aren’t in the foreseeable future. But that didn’t stop a few mischievous members of the development team from teasing the as-yet-unnamed DLC.

The first image, tweeted by BioWare’s Casey Hudson, gives a look at what appears to be the ‘Silver Coast Casino’ on the ‘Silversun Strip.’ Hudson refers to it as “a nice place for some R&R” but until we get some more details, it’s hard to know what to make of it ourselves.

Have a look:

Mass Efect 3 Silversun Strip

Not to be outdone, BioWare producer Mike Gamble went ahead and released an image of an armored Krogan swinging what appears to be one devastatingly large warhammer. It’s difficult to decipher the backdrop (or the identity of this particular Krogan), but we’ll agree with Gamble’s assertion that the warrior is one we do not want to “mess with.”

See the new weapon for yourself:

Mass Effect 3 DLC Krogan Hammer

Since the ‘Silversun Strip’ and the pictured hammer aren’t present in the existing game, we’re going to assume that this is, in fact, more Mass Effect 3 DLC being teased. Of course, a new weapon – which may only be applicable in the game’s multiplayer – and an apparently new casino location are hard to get excited about just yet.

As anyone who played through the entire Mass Effect series can attest, a new location doesn’t necessarily mean that the ‘Silver Coast Casino’ or surrounding districts signal a completely new planet, space station, or similar structure. It’s entirely possible that the area may simply be added to the Citadel, Omega, or any of the other existing environments found in the ME3 main campaign. Those locations did feel a bit constricting at times, so we won’t begrudge the developers trying to expand on them via DLC.

Whether fans have found the previous DLC offerings necessary or worthwhile will likely have a larger impact on the DLC’s success than the effectiveness of the hammer. That being said, hammers tend to be pretty effective, so who knows? For now, we’ll remain optimistic and assume that Shepard will soon find himself testing his luck in more ways than one, not simply gambling away credits at digital slot machines.

What do you think BioWare has in store? Are you waiting for a big, dense Mass Effect 3 expansion, or has your playing experience come to an end? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.

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Source: Casey Hudson, Mike Gamble

TAGS: BioWare, Electronic Arts, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360

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  1. I predict excessive auto-dialogue and no change to the ending.

    • ^this.

    • We get it, you didn’t like the writing heavy plot (and probably the ending of 3). Please go away now and let those of us who liked the trilogy enjoy it in peace.

      • “killed the trilogy”
        Jesus Christ… everything leading up to the ending are decisions and investigations you made yourself. You can’t expect helping Conrad Vernon on each game to affect your entanglement against the Reapers when you are alone* talking to the Starchild (worst part of the ending)
        just gtfo if you’re going to talk crap, you obviously don’t care anymore if they killed your boner for the ENTIRE series

      • No matter what he thinks, the Mass Effect 3 ending sucked and the game itself was a disappointment. I loved Mass Effect 1 and 2 but 3 just killed it for me and probably a lot of other people too.

        Mass Effect series is now dead to most

      • You know what they say about people that assume right? I said nothing about “writing heavy plot” (LOL), I was inferring to Mass Effect 3 DLC’s lack of options in dialogue.

        This is a forum you don’t like what others have to say…well to bad.

  2. The krogan is from multiplayer, 99%.

    The background is firebase goddess by the landing zone, a multiplayer map

  3. The Hammer Krogan looks great but I still have about ten other characters I still need to unlock in multiplayer. There’s too much!

  4. Hammer decal reminds me of dead space, hopefully I’m wrong, wouldn’t want EA milking ME anymore…

    Wonder if this DLC release will coincide with the leaked stuff..

    Too the above comments, I love the ending and I’m an active ITer so let’s play nice people.

  5. If it’s more of the SP experience and lengthy for DLC, I’m all over it and will get it. If its just MP, then no.

  6. The picture with the krogan is definitely for multiplayer. I recognize the map.

    A casino on the Citadel doesn’t really coincide with the statements about this DLC invoking emotion. “High potential for tears” were the words to describe the score for this particular piece of DLC. It’s way too early render judgment on this. I enjoyed Leviathan, but I was really disappointed by Omega. 8 writers, the original composer and a plethora of returning voice actors give me some hope that this will be good. I wish it was post-ending, but recent statements made Bioware said they’re done with the endings. Still…that’s a lot of elements for just one piece of DLC. It has to something special.

  7. We’re pretty far into “will only consider by soundtrack add-ons” territory with Mass Effect now. I’m not sure why they’re bothering. It’s like spinning tires in a ditch.

  8. I am looking forward to this dlc…I hope I can use a krogan hammer but that it prob for the mp…it is a shame tho that no one can even talk about this game without mentioning the endings in some way..I think tho that they are going to add to the refusal ending (why keep adding war assets ESP since you can get the breathe scene from all the assets in game before any dlc came out)…so technically they wouldn’t be changing an ending but adding to it..also to me ME3 wasn’t a dissapointment…the gameplay was the best in the series,the mp was great ESP once they started adding more classes and maps (for free) and the storyline while not Oscar worthy(or whatever awards get for script or acting) was decent and all major plot points where wrapped up(genophage,quarians and geth,ceberus)..even the dlc while not LOTSB caliber was decent and fills in some empty portions of the game…while we didnt get the resolution to the story that many people may have wanted its been almost a year now lets stop with the hate..for those like myself who love the game and want to read about the new dlc without hearing about how the ending sucked we should be able to do that. Just like how you guys who hate the ending should be able to say how you hate it..but lets stick to the topic..it’s about the screenshots for the new dlc not the ending or plot or whatever..discuss the topic pleAse
    Cheers

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