‘Mass Effect 3: Reckoning’ DLC Details Leak; Adds Co-op Story Missions

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2013 at 5:36 pm,

Mass Effect 3 Reckoning DLC

Development on new Mass Effect 3 content is still underway and while the game is being used to cross-promote next month’s Dead Space 3, new and mysterious DLC should be coming to BioWare’s latest sci-fi epic in the near future. While we await the mid-February unveiling of the next batch of Mass Effect 3 content and huddle over the two teaser screenshots, one featuring an armored Krogran wielding a warhammer, one user may have discovered a few hints of what may be coming, and it could be big.

Most of Mass Effect 3’s post-launch content, if not, all of it, has leaked before release. From additional maps, modes, weapons and playable characters for the game’s four-player co-op mode, and the premises and locations for the story-based DLC. For the next DLC, likely titled the “Reckoning Multiplayer Expansion,” (Kingdoms of Amalur reference?) it’s going to be adding more than just new maps and toys to play with, but it could be adding story-based co-op.

Mass Effect 3 Silversun Strip

We knew something big was coming ever since Designer Josh Hendricks took to the BioWare forums to explain that BioWare was going all out on developing the next DLC:

“It’s all hands on deck for this one. Pretty much every ME3 DLC writer here in Edmonton is involved. (which would include both Patrick Weekes AND John Dombrow).”

The latest information comes from user TSA 383 on the Clever Noob forums who took a look at the code (and shared it) that came with the latest (and very minor) title update that only addressed the following:

  • Fixed a multiplayer issue where users could have all of their weapons use rocket ammunition.
  • Fixed an issue with high memory usage when initializing DLCs.

Mass Effect 3 Last DLC Details

And what was discovered is that the name of the DLC will be “Reckoning” and what it will add is co-op story missions, something fans of co-op desired since the announcement of the franchise’s inclusion of multiplayer. Co-op story missions explain the need to bring “all hands on deck” when it came to BioWare’s writing staff and it’s very telling of what we can expect from the in-development Mass Effect 4, a game that Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series Casey Hudson is looking for fan input on.

“The day of reckoning is nigh! The Reckoning Multiplayer Expansion brings six new never before seen co-op story missions to the game and new co-op gameplay modes. It provides four new maps to conquer and hazard variations of the Earth maps. It also enables reinforcement packs that offer new kits for the salarians, krogans, humans and volus. In-game reinforcement packs now include three new weapons (Chakram Launcher, Blood Pack Punisher and Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle).”

There’s no word on pricing but since it is multiplayer-focused, even though this one’s story-based, we expect it to release for free to get more users back into the game. It’s monetized by the additional reinforcement packs which are available via microtransactions and in-game credits. If this proves to be the last DLC pack, it’s definitely the way to go out, and it would offer a nice end to added content that very much formed based on reactions and desires of the fanbase, so good on BioWare.

Mass Effect 3 N7 Bounty Weekend

For players still playing  Mass Effect 3 or looking to get back in before the DLC drops, this weekend’s Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event just began moments ago and runs until late Super Bowl Sunday night/early Monday morning.

Operation: FIRESTORM (Feb 1st-3rd)

Event Description: The Reapers have changed their tactics in an effort to prevent us from whittling them down. As they conquer rural areas, their fighting groups are fewer but larger, making them more difficult to assail. Accordingly, we are hitting them in the cities to deliver as much damage as possible before evacuation.

Squad Goal: Earn the “Killstreak 3″ squad medal. (As a squad, kill 5 enemies together 3 separate times.)

Reward: Commendation Pack

Are you happy to see BioWare continuing support for Mass Effect 3 nearly a year after release and does it make up for its shortcomings? Are you hoping to see these features come standard in Mass Effect 4 which could release as early as next fall?

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Sources: BioWare, Eurogamer

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

  • Matt

    Hey Ranters, missed you all! Maybe I’ll be back in the future to help Rob and company out here once my life settles down, but in the meantime, if you’re on PS3 and looking for someone to co-op with, hit me up. mrowland1 is my user name!

    Keep on ranting!


  • Yukon

    *Yeah*, more linear, auto dialogued shooting gallery content, that’s *just* what ME3 needed. Oh and it’s MP, we finally got them to fix the forced MP and this is what they put some actual effort into? Bioware is a horrible company.

    • Mudkrunky

      Quite frankly you need to shut the hell up bio ware has done absolutely nothing to suggest its anything but a fantastic company, yeah they screwed up the ending of me3 and while idiots like you ranted they said fair enough well fix it and then we say we want co-op story so they give it to us but f@$!wits like you just want to whinge where most companies would say screw you to the fans requests bioware has done everything right so go to hell

      • Cariannis

        Are those knee-pads broken in yet?

    • Tomall

      You are a buffoon

  • nmargot

    Since I only play the single-player game, it looks like Bioware has lost me for good. I can’t even bring myself to look at EA games any more. Are there no single-players left out there? Maybe, but apparently not according to Bioware.

    • Matt

      I’m curious as to what else you’re looking for. They have released three single player only DLCs since ME3 was released last March. The entire series is single player save for the MP component of ME3.

      And of course there are scores upon scores of single players left out in the gaming community. Let’s not let hyperbole rule the day here. That being said, with the increasingly ease of connectivity and the multiplayer component of gaming enabling some games to live longer than others, multiplayer and co-op are definitely here to stay.

      • Rusty Shackleford III

        Maybe he wants to see DLC that addresses the ending once and for all. If that’s the case, you may want to check out Clever Noob some more, there is info there about the “Citadel” DLC.

      • Jobin88

        I’m not looking for anything else. I’m more than happy with my free multi-player DLC. What are you looking for?

      • SImon

        At first I thought your post just smelt of ‘fanboy’, but that last sentence of yours is full-on EA marketing spokesman-worthy.

    • Grunt13

      nope your not i wish they’d make a single player DLC for people like us not jsut Focus Soley on the Muitiplayer which i play atbare min so i can keep my Galatic readiness up, what they forget not everbody likes MP

  • Jobin88

    As someone who can only enjoy the multi-player aspect of this game now (thank you ending), I’m thrilled!

    And if it’s as free as all of the other MP DLCs; I’m even more thrilled!

  • boogoo

    Wow! I’ve been wanting coop story missions since day one. Can’t wait :)

  • Yukon

    So someone at Bioware saw Deadspace and thought “how can we add even more microtransactions to a game and still not do very much work”. Well here it is, I can only wonder how many worthless war assets they’ll be attempting to sell you.

  • Cariannis

    Oh I was right…LOL, that’s just sad. I predicted excessive auto-dialogue and no change to the ending now they just have to prove my second half right.

  • John

    Well if this is the case Im not interested and if this is the last dlc well this is the last bioware title I will ever buy for that matter because it is clear they don’t give a **** about there customer/fan base anymore and thats just sad.

  • Seraph

    This is what I’ve been getting my hopes up for? I don’t even have the internet outside of my phone, all I want to play are single player RPGs. Can we just stop with this childish online stuff? No, because the execs think there’s money to be had. That’s why they made SWTOR, and why Zenimax is making ESO. Why not focus on making good things instead of chasing the new money?

  • Paragon

    @Seraph sadly cause it is “the new money”. It’s always been an important thing for businesses to make money but only a few used to be lazy but now it’s spread and everyone is doing it. I’m really sad too, I want them to make an indoctrination ending so very badly and I’ll replay the whole series. I don’t want a happy ending I just want an ending that makes sense and I feel as if they had me( a fan) in mind when they made it.

  • Ranger3bn

    I really do not get it when it comes to ” some players” animosity towards Bioware. The claims that they do not care about their fan base, they lack real commitment to the franchise , they damage the ME story and universe, and the list goes on and on.

    The truth of the matter is they ( Bioware) always stated from the being it was going to be a trilogy with 3 being the end of Shepherd’s journey. Now, the end is what it is and there is no amount of complaining to or slamming the company will change that. Being a ” published writer” I respect my readers and the feed back that was given to my work however, it was not going to change the outcome of the story. ME fans need to understand that it is NOT their material nor does the writer need their permission to construct, write, or compose their artwork in a light that the reader demand.

    Side story: when my book came out I had already had a following of people that enjoyed my work. There were certain poems that I wrote and performed during poetry slams that became a fan favorite that did not make it into my book. That made some people very upset however, those poems did not fit into the vision I was trying to show and my publisher an editor agreed.As such they were omitted from the final product. Some people felt that since they were early supporters of my work their perception was absolute and any deviation my part was a betrayal to their support. Wrong thinking people.

    Your ” decisions” in the game did carry weight however, the ending should and always will be the sole responsibility of the artist/author. Additionally, inclusion of a MP component is a natural progression that is needed for the survival of the franchise. If you do not want to take part of that aspect of the game that is your prerogative. To make the claim that you were somehow short changed or cheated of content by the inclusion of multiplayer content is just preposterous in light of all that has been thus far.

  • dan

    I have a hunch that there is one way Bioware can pull this off successfully, because there is only one aspect of the established campaign where this would really fit, in my mind. I guess we’ll find out eventually though right?

  • Bob

    A few people say they hate bioware and the herd mentality kicks in. Bioware changed the the damn ending because people threw their arms up and had a tantrum. Yeah they didnt do everything well but every mp dlc was free and they have listned to what us fans wanted and they have delivered so i think people should stop being so mad at them for stupid reasons

  • Dante

    I’m not mad at Bioware, just indifferent, they are just another developer whose games I no longer enjoy.

    No need for hate, frankly I don’t have the time.

    Besides Bioware probably doesn’t want for my patronage as there are plenty of people willing to overlook that which I am not.

    Oh well…on a side note though – I find a lot of developers that work with EA inexplicably become developers I no longer patronize.