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.

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25 Comments on Final Mass Effect 3 DLC ‘Citadel’ Dated — Retcon Incoming?


On February 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

This Single-Player DLC will center around two main events:
- The Discovery of Shepard’s clone, created through the Cerberus project.
- A large party involving all of your former crew mates from the entire Mass Effect series.
- The Pack will be split into two downloads because of the massive size.
- The Pack is also very humor focused, it’s something that is being called “A Fan service goodbye” .
- The part of the citadel unlocked after DLC completion is a Las Vegas style strip with an Arcade, Casino and Combat Simulator.

There is nothing in this DLC that will address anything in the main story and the ending at all. Citadel was specifically designed to have nothing to do with any outside the DLC story elements.


On February 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

This would be AWESOME if Mass Effect 3′s ending didn’t happen and Bioware were still supporting the game with post game dlc. You know how there was that one person who LOVED Hearthfire well that’s ME, hi, so the idea of getting an apartment and exploring more sections of the Citadel whilst enjoying the company of character’s i’ve come to love is almost my dream dlc. Shame it takes part prior to the ending and doesn’t change it at all which means, and this breaks my heart to say, i’ll probaly, not definately, give it a pass.


On February 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

If what you say is true this will be complete validation for you. To be honest, as someone who believes you are an employee of Bioware, I hope you have been lying only because if you are legit it means my worst fears about the Mass Effect franchise will be realised and the next game will be as you described an FPS prequel set during the first contact war.


On February 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Well, I certainly don’t expect this new DLC to actually change anything, since Bioware has had plenty of opportunity to do so, and didn’t. That said, it is cool that they’re doing something more character focused. Characters are something that Bioware does well, so it was very disappointing to see many of them relegated to cameos. I’m not thrilled about the price, though. $15 seems pretty steep, and it definitely was too high for what we got with the Omega DLC. It makes me wonder if the extra $5 is just being tacked on to recover the money spent of the Extended Cut.


On February 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Good! I can’t wait!


On February 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I dont care about the price, i’m rich.


On February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

They need to replace that crap ending, not explain it. Levithan didnt add anything real to the ending or explain crap. They just repeated the garbage Casper spewed forth. I will YouTube this and close the book on a great series that was sodding slaughtered in its final chapter. No way I waste money on this or Massive Fail 4.

The Defenestrator

On February 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I appreciate BioWare wanting to finish strong here but they might have considered that idea… y’know, when it actually mattered.


On February 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

No point. Every one on the station was harvested when the reapers somehow managed to drag it to earth. Don’t care to get invested in characters that get killed anyway. IMHO


On February 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I never bought any of the DLC for this game after I beat it in the first playthrough (I did get From Ashes at launch) – I have bought otherwise every piece of Bioware DLC for the entire Mass Effect series and Dragon Age games. I have been left feeling so jaded I haven’t played the single player since. I got bored with the multiplayer awhile ago too.


On February 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Except from the Ashes I have not bought any new DLC from Mass Effect 3 and I don’t plan to purchase anything else unless this DLC provides anything on that crap bombshell of a ending then I will consider it.

Roy Batty

On February 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

@timfads – Well…if they were going to fail they might as well do it MASSEFFECTIVLY

@RJ – I am hoping for a prequel it will give me an excuse to completely ignore the franchise and think: 25 years from now somone who cares about it will pick it up.

“Pulling out all the stops” yeah right – to do this they would have to pretend the original ending never happened. PS Does this mean that femshep will be able to romance Legion? Why should joker have all the fun screwing the ship’s USB drive?

I guess I wouldn’t mind a party you might as well party at Shepard’s place…just before you die in the most heinous and banal way possible. Who knows maybe they will take Tali’s mask off for real instead of the photoshop hackjob. Still they had the chance and blew it.

A co-worker just got the game. He had never heard of ME before I said nothing and let the chips fall where they may. After he had played it through I asked him what he thought. He said it was great but everyone dies in the end and it was a “terrible ending”.


On February 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Why bother. I already reconnected with my LI (Ashley) in the 3rd game after dying on her in the 2nd game only to die on her again in the 3rd game (yes I got the ‘breathing’ cutscene at the very end of the game but until they expand on that (hey, that would make a cool expansion) I’m still saying that I died)).
If I’m still going to die (to me the red ending is the only valid choice in ME3) and the decisions I make in this new expansion mean nothing then I’m not going to waste money on it (just like I haven’t wasted money on any of the other expansions).

If they do manage to make this expansion actually fix the ending and GameFront gives it a good review then they’ll have my money.


On February 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm

And yet another ME3 DLC that I won’t be buying. I bought everything for the first two games, nothing at all for the last one, which speaks volumes about what I thought of it.

Laser Crabs

On February 22, 2013 at 1:50 am

Wesker1984 and hellblazer continue to embarrass themselves and the gaming community on what is seemingly a daily basis.

I’ll be interested to see how closely Sachel’s description matches the final product, considering he/she already gave us the wrong name for it.


On February 22, 2013 at 1:52 am

None of it matters anymore, I’m afraid. BioWare is beating a dead horse while still holding the smoking gun.


On February 22, 2013 at 4:24 am

why there is such negativity about the DLC and ME3 in general lol i for one i will probably buy it as having more closure with your squad-mates will be great as many fans wanted extra time with the characters apart from the ending issue which for me after the extended cut is partially fixed, i really hope they add something to the ending but even if they don’t that’s not a reason to completely sh@t on this game and its DLC and focusing only in the ending.


On February 22, 2013 at 5:40 am

why there is such negativity about the DLC and ME3 in general lol i for one i will probably buy it as having more closure with your squad-mates will be great as many fans wanted extra time with the characters apart from the ending issue which for me after the extended cut is partially fixed, i really hope they add something to the ending but even if they don’t that’s not a reason to completely on this game and its DLC and focusing only in the ending.

Sleeping Ugly

On February 22, 2013 at 5:41 am

polor89 – you’re obviously new to the site. It’s been documented thoroughly, and repeatedly, by multiple writers over the past year why Mass Effect 3 and BioWare’s failings extend far further than the ending, even after the ‘fixing’ that was achieved (or wasn’t, if you actually analyse what takes place) by the extended cut. People are fed up with the series because BioWare lied to its customers, disrespected/ignored them, then rushed out a hack job DLC pack to explain their own stupid nonsense while simultaneously rejecting a far superior and popular interpretation of the ending (the indoctrination theory) AND basically calling gamers whiny children with the refusal option that always results in total, unequivocal failure regardless of your decisions or EMS rating up to that point. All while hiding behind the obedient mainstream outlets. The whole From Ashes thing had already ruined a large amount of their good will, too.

Buy it if you feel you must, and to be honest I probably will as well as I’ve become too invested in the series to stop now (I even got the ludicrously overpriced Omega DLC), but at the very least try to acknowledge and engage with the complaints even if you don’t ultimately agree with them all.


On February 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

I know I shouldn’t, but I’m still holding out hope for Mass Effect.
Why? I don’t know, maybe I’m just a sucker for punishment. But if this pack doesn’t AT THE VERY LEAST feature a StarBrat target practice minigame, it might finally be enough to make me stop caring.

Air Jimma

On February 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

This DLC is going to fail and E.A. is going to blame it on the DLC being released too long after the games launch date. Giving them more supporting evidence for their day one DLC policies.

I would just like to take this opportunity to say this is going to fail because the ending to the game was a travesty and obliterated all replayability, not because it wasn’t released on day one.

Goodwill is an asset and has a positive balance for companies… I think E.A. is a pioneer for goodwill as a liability.


On February 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

@air: correct.
I have all DLC for ME1+2, and zero for ME3. It will remain zero after this one.
Also I really need a new game, and usually when that happened and there wasn’t any I just played another round of ME. Not this time, because I can’t play a game where I already know the last parts will piss me off.


On February 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

@Air Jimma

You might be right. Companies have a tendency to take what they want from a situation, even if it doesn’t really reflect reality. This is an industry where we have someone at the DICE conference saying that companies shouldn’t offer demos because sales decrease when people “take the wrong thing from a demo” rather than acknowledging that demos give people a chance to realize that a game might not be very good. We also have Bioware itself saying that people will just have to get used to day one DLC. If that is the attitude they have, then any excuse will suffice.


On February 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

This game ruined my xbox gaming experience.


On March 8, 2013 at 5:32 am

aaand …

Sachel was right.