Mass Effect 3's release is closing in - after earning top spot in Game Rant's most anticipated games list two years in a row - and the various tie-in items accompanying the game are starting to emerge.
There's a new novel on the way, offering additional back-story to the Mass Effect universe. Previous ME books were written by BioWare's own Drew Karpyshyn but someone else takes the reins for the upcoming release. The action figures, more interestingly, will ship with in-game items that have the potential to be very powerful weapons or characters. Who said buying action figures was a useless hobby?
The action figures will be releasing in packs of four that will retail for $67.99 and as standalone characters that will retail for $17.99 each. So far, the figures represented are from Mass Effect 2: Thane, Tali, Grunt, Miranda, Mordin, Legion, Garrus, and of course, Commander Shepard. Figures will be available during April or May, well after the release of Mass Effect 3.
The official word from the BioWare store, where you can pre-order a set of figures now, says that each pack could contain new weapons, new characters, character boosters, and weapon mod/upgrades. All of these will be for Mass Effect 3's multiplayer, which will be soon available to demo on February 14.
No other information regarding upgrade specifics was given, but seeing as the figures are coming out after the game's release, they will not be necessary for the player's experience online. It should also be very important to note these in-game items are only compatible with PC or Xbox 360 copies of Mass Effect 3. Sorry, PlayStation users who also happened to miss the first game in the series...
As for the novel, Mass Effect: Deception is written by William C. Dietz (Legion series, Drifter series) and is the first ME novel not written by Drew Karpyshyn. The novel releases January 31. The official synopsis is below:
The universe is under siege. Every fifty thousand years, a race of sentient machines invades our galaxy to harvest all organic life-forms. They are the Reapers.
Two people who know the truth are desperately searching for a way to stop the cycle: Navy admiral David Anderson and his partner, Kahlee Sanders. They have uncovered grisly evidence proving that the Reaper threat is real. But in so doing they have exposed the machinations of Cerberus, a secretive paramilitary organization, and its mysterious leader, the Illusive Man–putting David and Kahlee in mortal danger, for Cerberus will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.
But along the way, they find an unlikely ally in Gillian Grayson, a young woman with extraordinary powers. Once the subject of horrifying scientific experiments, Gillian is now free–and beginning to master her deadly abilities. But after learning that Cerberus was responsible for the death of her father, Gillian swears vengeance against the group and the Illusive Man–threatening to unravel everything Kahlee and David are fighting for
In very related news, read about Mac Walters talking about the writing process over at BioWare and his contributions to Mass Effect 3.
The wait for Mass Effect 3 is going to be a long one and can be filled in a great deal of ways: Reading the already released tie-in novels, ensuring PC specifications aren't too outrageous to facilitate, or maybe just replaying the first two games through once more to remember why they are so darn great?
Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
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