Mass Effect 3 Retaliation DLC Brings Back the Collectors (TRAILER)

There’s new Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC coming next week, bringing a bunch of new stuff — namely, the return of the Collectors, the antagonists from Mass Effect 2.

The Collectors are Reaper-controlled beings that wreak some serious havoc in Mass Effect 2, and they’re even the ones responsible for Shepard’s death at the beginning of the game. You spend the entirety of ME2 preparing to fight the Collectors in a head-to-head battle, so it should be clear that they’re a formidable foe. From the looks of things in the trailer below, they’re going to be tough to bring down.

Also part of the DLC are new weapons and new playable characters, including the Geth, it seems. The DLC will be available on Oct. 9 in the U.S. and Oct. 10 in Europe. Best news: it’s free.

Download the trailer here.

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20 Comments on Mass Effect 3 Retaliation DLC Brings Back the Collectors (TRAILER)


On October 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

More MP. Always MP. Well.. .enjoy, guys!


On October 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Anything Mass Effect makes me wanna puke.


On October 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Does anyone care? Seriously?
I want to know how many people are still even playing the multiplayer and what the draw is there?


On October 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Dunno… plenty of people on the BW forums seem to be happy about it. So, there are some players at least.


On October 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Great, more free DLC for the part of the game nobody cares about. Doesn’t even come close to making up for rushing it out the door before it was finished and charging for day one DLC that was vital to the story. BioWare is dead.


On October 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

What a surprise….. No not the MP DLC, the reaction to it in the comments here. I have never known a more negative bunch when it comes to Bioware lately. Alright, they barfed the ending to ME3, but you’d have thought they’d made their trade by going out around town punching babies, by the way some people react.

Firstly yes there are people playing MP, and it should be noted that some credit should be given to Bioware for keeping the maps and characters free, when many other devs make them paid for and split/segment their players like COD, Battlefield, GOW, etc. it keeps the players together and keeps the barrier to entry across multiplayer as low as possible.

And just because you don’t care about multiplayer doesn’t mean that everyone should jump on your particular bandwagon, and follow suit. Players who like or dabble in mass effect 3′s multiplayer aren’t somehow beneath you or worthy of your contempt just because you somehow like to keep to your lofty single player experience, ‘God the time they spent on Multiplayer should have been spent on single player’ holier-than-thou attitude


On October 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

This is completley off topic but I notice they changed the beginning sequence of mass effect 2 with TIM and Miranda just wondering if anyone else noticed

Roy Batty

On October 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm


Personally I never had much hate for multiplayer other than it was repetitive. It was the only way I could recoup my $60. The only problem is that’s not why I played this series in the first place.
I could be wrong but most in the “hate” camp likely think that the MP wasted dev resources and time, time that could have been spent on story.

[Not including DLC…]
Single player play-through
ME1 $40 / (25 hours * 18 play-through) = $0.08 cost per hour
ME2 $60 / (25 hours * 18 play-through) = $0.13 cost per hour
ME3 $60.00 / (25 * 2 play-through) = $1.2 cost per hour

Clearly quality has suffered


On October 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Blarty. First off, I glad you like multiplayer. As for most that I’ve listen to or talked to, we hate or just dislike multiplayer. If the actual story suffered because of them working on multiplayer, then I’ld say we have a pretty good reason to hate it.
After playing the game, I’ld say, something caused them to be distracted and I say multiplayer is as good an explanation as any and more than likely.
Then to top it off, they would rather work on multiplayer than actually making the game good, sticking on the original crap ending.
All in all I’ld say we have good reason for hating on Bioware and there stupidity. Get used to it cause somehow I really doubt it’s going to go away anytime soon.


On October 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

About time they add a new enemy to fight… Geth/Cerberus/Reapers are getting old fast…

Of course, the Collectors are virtually eradicated at the end of ME2, but it’s not the 1st time they stretch the canon story (Ex-cerberus = desindoctrinated?!?) or create someting out of nowhere (and usually multiplayer exclusive)…

I’d like to say it’ll bring a bit of fresh air to the game… Problem is: I’ve so much other games to play these days (Torchlight 2, Borderland, XCOM soon, etc…), it won’t make me return to ME3 (except maybe out of curiosity) …

And yeah, even if I played multiplayer a lot, I’m still standing as the ‘Played multiplayer for having somewhat my 60$ worth of game’ kind of customer… And still think that needing to play multiplayer for increasing your single player readiness is a lame idea…
Multiplayer was fun and surprisingly good enough at the beginning… Until I gradually find it boring and repetitive…


On October 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Of course no one really has the right to claim that other people’s diversions are inherantly bad or worthless, and if you enjoy the ME3 multiplayer, then more power to you I say. However, and this is just the opinion of an uneducated troglodite, the addition of multiplayer to ME3 was one of the most unnecesary things I’ve seen tacked onto a piece of art in years, and it was tied to the singleplayer campaign in a way that was poorly thought out, and irritating (and it should go without saying that tieing multiplayer to single player is a terrible idea), and I genuinely do not know what people see in it.

On a slightly more paranoid note, I worry about it reinforcing the bad ideas which infest EA, such as shoehorning multiplayer (and locking bits of story behind it) into games, microtransactions, and the idea that EA should have money.


On October 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

I know quite a lot of people who still play ME3 multiplayer. They acknowledge that the end of the SP campaign sucked and vented their rage about it, but continue playing MP because they find it fun. I don’t begrudge someone for enjoying something they find fun if it does no harm to anyone else.


On October 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

ME, another franchised whored out by EA for money. Can’t wait for Call Of Duty Mass Effect with 50 DLC’s and a reused game engine with slightly new animations and pallet swaps on guns. SO EXCITING


On October 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

And I thought I had cleared the galaxy of collectors when I wiped out the collector base in ME2…


On October 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Gotta love the retcon. Look at what EAware has done to the Star Wars Lore since The Old Republic: Palpatine becomes weaker, an improbable Darth becomes somehow all powerful, characters that don’t fit as “companions” are suddenly introduced, etc. Looks like ME is getting the same treatment.

And if they made a single player game that was entertaining all the way through, and the storyline was coherent, nobody would say anything about multiplayer. Gears of War is great dudebro entertainment, and the storyline, well, nobody plays GOW for a storyline, so it does what it needs to do.

The last act of Mass Effect 3 was pretty terrible across the board. The battle for earth should’ve been an epic act in and of itself with battles in numerous locations helping out various species depending on what you did. That’s to say nothing of the massive plot holes in the story, and the extended cut didn’t fix all of those.

Spend more time on that instead of horde mode, and how you can force people to play multiplayer to get the ending they want, and you might’ve had a better game. Acts I and II were brilliant.


On October 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Well, technically, the Collectors can still be in the game since there is a codex entry suggesting they participated in some battles, but it is really brief and easily missed. I suspect that we’ll see them in the Omega DLC for SP since it’ll play on people’s positive feelings toward ME2.


On October 8, 2012 at 3:06 am


To those of you whom enjoy the MP, I sincerely wish you well, and am happy that you are getting more of what you want :)

For those of us whom were invested in Mass Effect since the first game, our investment came through the story, and we have little interest in MP, unless looking to have fun with friends


On October 8, 2012 at 4:02 am


“The last act of Mass Effect 3 was pretty terrible across the board. The battle for earth should’ve been an epic act in and of itself with battles in numerous locations helping out various species depending on what you did.”

Exactly! This point has been bugging me since my first (and only) playthrough! I found the battle for earth (on earth) to be so underwhelming, that I was still thinking about it when I realized how terrible the ending was. I expected epic battles alongside the krogan, asari, salarians, turians etc., each battle (ideally) highlighting the different approaches these races take when in battle. But the biggest letdown to me personally was how not present the recently rescued geth were during the final battle. I remeber reading in some log in ME2 that the geth force that attacked the citadel in ME1 was estimated to be but 5% of the overall geth numbers. After being freed from the reaper code and reunited with the quarians, I expected the remaining 95% to swoop down and rain hell on the reapers. But they were mysteriously missing on the ground, and only got about 10 seconds of screen time in earth’s orbit. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

So yeah, when I think about the time and effort that has been (and is being) put into the multiplayer, and then think about how it could have been used to make all the above things happen, I am definitely pissed at this misallocation of resources!


On October 8, 2012 at 6:15 am


Didn’t you listen to space child? The Geth are obviously holding back waiting to strike against all organics because organics and synthetics can’t possibly coexist and work together. /sarcasm


On October 8, 2012 at 7:19 am


Of course! How could I forget? The solution was right there in front of me the whole time! Artistic integrity demands that I delve deeper into this subject and try to understand what my simpleton mind could not before! Of course the ending makes sense, I just had to let got of the hindrance that is logical thinking and accept this fact! The geth were freed and reunited in harmony with their creators, the natural reaction to this is of course rebellion and genocide! Alas, I finally have closure and thank you for this clarification! /pretty obvious sarcasm