Once considered a tacked on, and unnecessary, addition to Mass Effect 3, the horde-style co-operative multiplayer mode has continued to provide gamers with good reason to stay committed to the Galaxy at War – while waiting for the highly anticipated Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC update. Co-op might not be for everyone – but it’s hardly the misfire that many concerned fans predicted.
Now, only a few short weeks after the release of the Mass Effect 3 Rebellion Pack – which added Vorcha forces (among other class variants) into the mix – we’re now getting potential word of yet another multiplayer DLC update as well as a very brief product description for the aforementioned Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut.
It should be mentioned that the following product descriptions are unconfirmed at this point and, considering the details are the result of an internal leak, it could be awhile before we receive official confirmation (or outright denial) from BioWare.
That said, assuming the report (originally posted by a Reddit user) is true, the new multiplayer DLC, titled “Earth” would bring players home for a fight on three real world fronts (with seven new human characters to customize).
Check out the leaked Earth product description below:
The fighting is fiercest when it’s your home at stake! Mass Effect 3™: Earth adds mods, gear, and new maps for Rio, Vancouver, and London. It features 3 new weapons: Piranha assault shotgun, Acolyte pistol, and Typhoon light machine gun. Six new human N7 classes are also available: Destroyer, Paladin, Demolisher, Slayer, Shadow, and Fury!
No doubt some players will wish that BioWare would focus on more single player DLC, instead of multiplayer, but it’s hard to argue with new co-operative content – especially since, in keeping with prior online DLC, the pack will likely be available free of charge (one again relying on micro-transactions to payback development costs). Admittedly, the Earthly locales (Rio, Vancouver, and London) are the highlight this round – considering it’s hard to imagine players getting very hyped over another batch of human characters. Anyone hoping to play as a new alien race (we’re still waiting for our Volus Vanguard) will just have to focus on unlocking more characters from the Rebellion Pack.
That is, unless they’d rather just replay the campaign in preparation for the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC. While no further details have been provided regarding exactly what players will specifically see in the non-playable add-on, the leaked info does offer brief clarification about the Extended Cut’s overarching purpose (i.e. flesh-out the post-catalyst endgame).
An expanded ending for Mass Effect 3. Additional scenes and an extended epilogue reveal the impact of Shepard’s choices on the future of the galaxy.
BioWare had previously asserted that the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut would release this summer and, unfortunately, the leaked product descriptions don’t reveal any further clarification about the release window for either the Earth pack or the Extended Cut DLC.
We’ll keep you posted as we await Mass Effect 3 DLC confirmation and release information (or outright debunking).
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Mass Effect 3 is available now for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.