Final Mass Effect 3 DLC ‘Citadel’ Dated — Retcon Incoming?
The last batch of downloadable content for Mass Effect 3 now has a release date, a price, and a name.
According to a press release from BioWare, the last gasp of Mass Effect 3′s single-player campaign is known as “Citadel.” We don’t have many details just yet, but we do know that “players will explore and discover new locations across the vast, deep-space station while also having the opportunity to reconnect with some of their favorite characters from all three of the Mass Effect games.”
If that’s a little too vague for you, how about this, taken from the BioWare Blog post on the DLC:
“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. 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. 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.”
Hey, so Wrex is back, and you’ll be opening up new portions of the Citadel to explore. I’ve seen some people interpret this information as suggesting it as an indication that we’ll be seeing a retconning of the Mass Effect 3 ending. But I don’t think the phrase “after the adventure” means “after the ENTIRE adventure.” More like, a new section of the Citadel will be open after players complete this DLC.
The real question is what BioWare intends to show us in the Citadel’s “depths” and “archives” and so on. Given the importance of the Citadel in the final moments of Mass Effect 3 — as well as the controversy surrounding the ending and the weirdness introduced by those final moments — I have a feeling we’re going to get a Leviathan-style plugging of plot holes that don’t need plugging. Maybe some new information about the Keepers? Some secret insight into the Catalyst? I wouldn’t be surprised. With this being the final bits of Shepard’s story, it seems that BioWare has pulled out all the stops and brought on all eight members of its writing staff. If there was a point at which BioWare was going to alter the final moments of Mass Effect 3 in some meaningful way, this would be it.
Anyway, Citadel is on its way to you on March 5, and will cost you $15, or 1200 Microsoft Points.
In addition to Citadel, we’re also seeing another multiplayer DLC pack called Reckoning, which is on its way on Feb. 25. Here’s how BioWare describes the DLC:
“Prepare for the Reckoning! Newfound allies join the multiplayer war for survival in Mass Effect 3: Reckoning. The Geth Juggernaut, Female Turian Raptor, Talon Mercenary, Alliance Infiltration Unit, and more take up arms to stop the Reaper threat. 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, and amplify your arsenal with new equipment and weapon mods featuring the Geth Scanner and Assault Rifle Omni-blade.”
Reckoning will be free when it launches.