‘Mass Effect Trilogy’ DLC Details Revealed

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Mass Effect Trilogy DLC

The Mass Effect Trilogy, arriving November 6th for Xbox 360 and PC, and at a later date for PlayStation 3, bundles all three Mass Effect games together in one modestly priced package. Given the huge amount of DLC released for the games over the years, players are understandably curious about just how complete this seemingly definitive collection will be. That question has now been answered by BioWare itself, and while the Mass Effect Trilogy remains a bargain at $59.99, fans who hoped that every bit of Mass Effect DLC would be packed into the Trilogy are going to be disappointed.

Though Commander Shepard’s story is at an end, BioWare is still supporting Mass Effect 3 with DLC – Leviathan arrived just a month ago (read our review), and new content set on Omega Station is expected to debut later this Fall. Unfortunately, neither of those episodes will be included as part of the Mass Effect Trilogy. Nor will From Ashes or the Extended Cut, despite the fact that both will ship on-disc in the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3. Granted, the Extended Cut is a free download – but it still would have been nice (to say nothing of convenient) to have it right on the disc.

The Mass Effect Trilogy’s DLC offerings will differ by platform, with PC players set to get a slightly better deal than their Xbox 360 owning friends. PlayStation 3 players, on the other hand, are currently in the dark – no date has been announced for the PS3 version of Trilogy, and none of its DLC has been detailed, either. On the Mass Effect Trilogy website, BioWare promises that “Information on PlayStation 3 DLC will be available soon.”

Mass Effect Trilogy Packaging

The definitive Mass Effect experience? Not quite.

By and large, each game in the Trilogy will include whatever bonus content accompanied its original retail release. So, Mass Effect 1 on PC comes with Bring Down The Sky, while the Xbox 360 version does not. That said, PC players do get Pinnacle Station for free, even though it originally cost five dollars. The Trilogy edition of Mass Effect 2, meanwhile, comes  complete with the Cerberus Network, and Mass Effect 3 includes its Online Pass, which grants access to online multiplayer.

Take a look at the full DLC breakdown for the Mass Effect Trilogy on PC and Xbox 360 below.
PC:

Mass Effect

  • Bring Down the Sky
  • Pinnacle Station

Mass Effect 2

  • Cerberus Network
  • Zaeed — The Price of Revenge
  • The Firewalker Pack
  • Cerberus Assault Gear
  • Arc Projector Heavy Weapon
  • Normandy Crash Site

Mass Effect 3

  • Online Pass
 Xbox 360:

Mass Effect

  • No DLC

Mass Effect 2

  • Cerberus Network 
  • Zaeed — The Price of Revenge
  • The Firewalker Pack
  • Cerberus Assault Gear
  • Arc Projector Heavy Weapon
  • Normandy Crash Site

Mass Effect 3

  • Online Pass

Mass Effect 2 Zaeed The Price of Revenge

BioWare does point out that Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station – like all Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 DLC – will be available to purchase on Xbox 360 as “stand-alone downloads.” The question now is whether those episodes will be included in the PS3 version of the Trilogy, given that Mass Effect 1 has never before appeared on Sony’s console.

What do you think, Ranters: is BioWare handling DLC for the Mass Effect Trilogy the right way, or should all that content have been part of the collection? Are you less likely to buy the Mass Effect Trilogy knowing that you’ll still have to pay extra for DLC? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

The Mass Effect Trilogy arrives November 6, 2012, for Xbox 360 and PC, later for PS3.

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