BioWare has announced two new Mass Effect 3 DLC packs, the Citadel single player expansion and the Reckoning multiplayer add-on. The former is out on 5th March for 1200 MP, the latter on 26th February for nothing whatsoever. They'll be the last two Mass Effect 3 DLC packs you play. Sniff.
Citadel is "one final send-off for Commander Shepard", and takes players "on an emotional ride with their favourite characters". New locations are promised. Reckoning, meanwhile, adds new maps, characters kits, weapons and upgrades to Galaxy at War.
"When a sinister conspiracy targets Commander Shepard, you and your team must uncover the truth, through battles and intrigue that range from the glamour of the Citadel's Wards to the top-secret Council Archives," reads a blurb for Citadel on the official site. "Uncover the truth and fight alongside your squad - as well as the cast from the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, including Urdnot Wrex!
"When the adventure is over, reconnect with your favorite characters from the Mass Effect Trilogy, try your luck at the Citadel's Silver Coast Casino, blow off steam in the Armax Combat Arena, or explore and furnish Shepard's own living quarters on the Citadel," it continues.
"With unique content and cinematics featuring your friends and romance interests in the Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3: Citadel offers one final chance to see the characters you have known for years and rekindle romances."
Reckoning's characters include the Geth Juggernaut, Female Turian Raptor, Talon Mercenary and Alliance Infiltration Unit. You'll also be able to "smash your enemies with the Biotic Hammer as you lay waste to the battlefield as the Krogan Warlord".
"Wield 7 new weapons for multiplayer, including the Geth Spitfire Assault Rifle, Venom Shotgun, Lancer Assault Rifle," the press materials propose, "and amplify your arsenal with new equipment and weapon mods featuring the Geth Scanner and Assault Rifle Omni-blade."
BioWare's all cut up at the prospect of saying goodbye to Shepard, as you'd expect. "The team has poured heart and soul into Mass Effect 3: Reckoning and Mass Effect 3: Citadel," commented Mass Effect series executive producer Casey Hudson. "As the launch of these chapters near, the feeling around the studio is bittersweet.
"We have always been humbled and driven by the passion of our fans for the Mass Effect trilogy," he went on. "We hope fans will enjoy spending more time with some of their favourite characters -- we have certainly enjoyed spending time creating them.
"We're excited to release this final send-off for the trilogy and move forward into the future of the Mass Effect universe." That would be the unannounced Mass Effect 4, then, which is thought to be a prequel.
Go on, raise a glass to the good Commander. Any particular Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2 characters you're looking forward to getting back in touch with?