Mass Effect: An End Once and For All
by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)
When I was given an XBox for Christmas two years ago, I started a journey through a universe of intriguing alien races, fantastic technologies, friends, enemies, beneficent good, and destructive evil. And not only was I allowed to travel the stars via ancient technological wonders called mass relays, and harness godlike powers (well, at least mutant-like powers) called biotics, but I was given the opportunity to impact this universe and the inhabitants thereof through the decisions I made. I’m speaking, of course, of the science fiction epic, Mass Effect.
It seems, as we approach March 6, the one year anniversary of the release of the final installment in the Mass Effect trilogy, that we may also be approaching the end of a journey that has been the source of so much joy, frustration, obsession, sorrow, and delight. Tweets coming from producer Mike Gamble, writer Patrick Weekes, composer Sam Hulick, and FemShep Jennifer Hale all confirm that some pretty epic DLC love is coming our way, and it just may be the last for the Mass Effect 3 team according to a tweet from Bioware Community Rep, Chris Priestly, dated January 13: “The Edmonton Mass Effect team had their final design meeting today remembering three amazing games. The feels are strong in the office today.”
We don’t know a lot about what the new single player DLC will consist of or what part of the narrative will be expanded upon, although there are numerous opinions, wants, beggings, pleadings, gripes, and complaints running throughout the Bioware Social Network. A couple of the oft repeated requests are for more interaction with the Mass Effect 2 squadmates that were not featured in the latest iteration, most notably, Kasumi, Jack, and Miranda. Another loud, collective cry is for post-ending DLC, though Bioware has steadfastly maintained the endings are the endings, and that’s that. Whatever one’s opinion about the endings, love ‘em or hate ‘em, more is always a good thing in my book. With a dearth of information about what’s actually in the new DLC, two teaser pics were released to fuel speculation and foaming at the mouth. This one is by executive producer, Casey Hudson:
The setting looks to be one of the wards on the Citadel, though that is by no means a definite. It could just as easily be one of a hundred different places Shepard has been to. We can see a very Wrex-like Krogan having a leisurely talk with a Shepard figure. The only hint from Hudson is, “Looks like a nice place for some R&R…” Enigmatic? Yes. Frustrating as hell? Yes. But it also made me pull out the first two games for the first time in months. I got on XBox Live and made sure that I have every piece of DLC available for all 3 games because I am getting totally stoked to go through the whole story again.
The other screenshot was tweeted by Mike Gamble:
Although it is heavily speculated that this screenshot is an indication of Krogans in multiplayer, I’m not so sure, as there hasn’t been any confirmation that this is the case. I’ll admit, though, I haven’t played the multiplayer as much as I would’ve liked, but you give me a head-butting Krogan wielding a big ol’ hammer, and I might just go all Mass Effect Thor on those Reaper goons.
Regardless of the expanded storyline that we will see in the new DLC, it will be a gloriously sad day when it is released. I’m very much looking forward to anything that will expand the story and the universe Bioware has created, but at the same time, I’ll know there won’t be anything else for Shepard’s story. I try to console myself, and tell myself that it’ll be okay. And too right it will, because I can go back and play through the entire series numerous times as different classes and different styles, each one different than the previous. And as I’m doing all those play-throughs, not to mention grabbing up the forthcoming Tomb Raider, and Gears of War: Judgement, Bioware will have ample time to work on Mass Effect 4, and we can start a new journey.
Will you be getting the new Mass Effect 3 DLC?