Mass Effect 3 Earth Multiplayer DLC Coming Next Week

We all know that freedom isn’t free. It costs folks like you and me, plus one dollar and five cents. However, it turns out that the fight for freedom is free. Or, at least, the lame multiplayer parts of it that don’t really do anything to enhance the story or contribute meaningfully to your final outcomes, despite claims to the contrary that the War Readiness system is totally integral.

The slate of upcoming releases on Xbox Live has been updated, and among them is EA and BioWare’s next DLC pack for Mass Effect 3, the Mass Effect 3: Earth Multiplayer Expansion. The update confirms the expansion will launch July 17. “Earth” will reportedly contain three new maps, three new weapons, and six new classes, and absolutely no impact on the outcome of the single player campaign whatsoever. But it’s free, so at least EA isn’t making you pay for content whose only purpose is to keep people stuck on Origin. And at least it wasn’t removed from the disc at the last minute.

Will you be playing? And as a side question, I’m curious: How many of you have experienced any impact on your single player campaign by playing multiplayer? Let us know in comments.

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6 Comments on Mass Effect 3 Earth Multiplayer DLC Coming Next Week

Joe Bunn and the Joe Bunns

On July 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Ugh. I’ve just spent the last several hours getting my galactic readiness back to 100% to see if there’s another permutation to the ‘Refuse’ ending with a higher EMS (I highly doubt it, since there’s no report of one). If I’d known new maps were coming out, I’d have waited. I can’t imagine wanting to do this again, except maybe to help me get to 5,000 kills.

Adam

On July 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I finished the single player immediately after the game’s release, and then did multiplayer much later (haven’t gone back to single player even with the new endings, just no interest in it anymore). The way I understand it multiplayer used to be only really necessary for the “breath” scene in the destroy ending.

It’s interesting seeing the reactions to the Galactic Readiness system; some people complain because they “have” to play multiplayer to unlock single player endings, and others complain that there’s not enough impact on single player from playing multiplayer. I’m more in the first camp (tying EMS to multiplayer or platform-specific apps is stupid), but I think it’s a situation where Bioware tried too hard to please everyone and ended up with a pointless blob of a “feature” that no one is really happy with.

tim fads

On July 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm

There is no impact from single player to co-op. Single player does get screwed over royal if you have no. Co-op player logged in, despite EA-Ware saying there would be no impact. Mass Effect is well on its way to becoming another Halo or Gears of War, despite the single player dlc coming out. None of this dlc helps already completed games and with this extended crap ending no games are worth starting, so for me it is all pointless.

Zach

On July 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

After seeing all three of the reconned space magic endings I’m done with this game.

My only consolation is that I can get it for free from my local library.

lol

On July 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

“Or, at least, the lame multiplayer parts of it that don’t really do anything to enhance the story or contribute meaningfully to your final outcomes, despite claims to the contrary that the War Readiness system is totally integral.”

Forgot to mention that it’s fun at least.

Which is what video games are supposed to be.

Fun.

ManiacFive

On July 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Has it impacted my single player game at all? Yes. I don’t play the single player anymore. The multiplayer is much more fun.

Galactic readiness is a complete crock of nonsense, but the multiplayer is good solid fun.