Next Mass Effect 3 Single Player DLC Will Be About Shepard

While we still don’t know the full extent of BioWare’s plans for single player DLC – though it’s all but confirmed that The Leviathan is a thing – we can definitely count on Commander Shepard being front and center. At Comic Con, Mike Gamble confirmed as much, saying that “Mass Effect 3 is Shepard’s story, so the single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3 will probably focus around Shepard.” Well, yeah. Except for how it becomes the Catalyst’s story at the very end, and how it’s also 50% about pointless multiplayer that has no measurable effect on the outcome of the single player game despite adding to the War Readiness system. But those tiny things aside, Mass Effect 3 has always been about Shep.

That ‘probably’ is a funny thing though. Gamble is clearly unwilling to rule out the possibility that future DLC might involve another character. Perhaps they’re considering DLC based on one of the hinted-at but never realized plot points, like Aria retaking Omega (not that it matters given what happens to the Citadel), or perhaps Blasto! (I know, too good to be true.) Hopefully these idle thoughts will cause lots of speculation from everyone, lead to a trending topic on twitter, and result in false, unverified rumors being taken as fact.

All kidding aside, after the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut, I’m slightly more positive about further adventures set during the events of Mass Effect 3. But only slightly. What about you, Game Fronters? Sound off in comments.

Via Joystiq

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23 Comments on Next Mass Effect 3 Single Player DLC Will Be About Shepard

Eddie

On July 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

Next time I feel like going to gamestop my mass effect games are getting traded in so I can get some of that money back and put it towards something that is less likely to make me feel so empty inside

David

On July 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

If it costs, I won’t buy it. Even despite the Extended Cut, Bioware has not redeemed themselves in my eyes. The extended cut should have been shipped as original. Now, being shipped as a DLC (although a free), it just feels like Bioware has dropped the ball.

What I hope with this, though, is that this DLC explains more of the ending, such as the Starchild. If they introduce Starchild in the DLC, then it at least removes the abruptness of throwing a piece of crap in your face in the last 15 minutes. I’d rather prepare for the crap-throwing, if it needs to be there at all.

wallydog1

On July 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

Not really looking forward to anything these guys do anymore. Kinda burned most of there bridges. Not saying I won’t look into it if I hear enough positive feedback, but definitely not getting any hopes up. Oh and by positive feedback I mean the gamers, not the BS reviewers that gave the original game such incredibly bogus high scores. You know, the paid off lackies.

Mark

On July 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm

How exactly can it feature Shepherd? Either it must occur before the ending, or it must make some serious advances in the plot in order to justify playing as shepherd. As in, they must viably explain how shepherd is alive in all three of the Catalyst endings. If it occurs before the ending, then they cannot add anything to explain more about the ending, and I’m not interested. If it occurs afterwards, then bioware is trying to have their cake and eat it too. As in, they want to have their original crap-tastic ending, and yet get people to pay for DLC which, given the ending, will probably be a confusing pile of crap. Neither one of those possibilities interests me.

Robin

On July 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I thought the game was tons of fun and I look forward to more.

Fletcher

On July 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

The last time we got a dlc that focused on Shepard it was the Arrival dlc. Look how that turned out. Anyways i’ll probably wait a little while after these singleplayer dlcs are released to find out it they are really worth it or not.

Mr Glassback

On July 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Despite saying I’m done with ME, I can’t help but think that if this DLC took place after the end of ME3 or it took place before but severely affects the ending that currently exists, then I may go for it.
I recently played ME1+2 with all DLC before I tried the EC ending, and loved them. There is still major quality story writing talent there, but it needs to get past whatever problem caused the original ME3 ending.
It also needs to be a decent length and competitively priced to entice back any of the disgruntled fans.
More likely though, the DLC will be a redundant added story with a useless EMS bonus. Hope I’m wrong.

Mike

On July 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

The latest comic of Marauder Shields was dedicated to you guys! Well deserved for your great coverage. Keep holding the line!

Gasmaskangel

On July 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This is actually something I was thinking about even before the end of ME3. See, with ME and ME2 I could kind of see the point of the DLC, you know expanding more on the story before the end of the story. It’s like releasing some short stories in between the individual books in a trilogy.

Releasing single player DLC for ME3 though is like retroactively adding chapters to the final book of a trilogy. The story is done, and even with the extended cut the ending still stinks enough that I don’t see myself playing through it again. Put simply what can this DLC possibly offer to convince me to play through ME3, or any of the Mass Effect games again?

David

On July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Oh good, because for a moment, I thought it might be about Samus Aran.

And to reply to some of the earlier comments, complete agreement on wanting to hear a lot of good things about it before I get too excited, and of course this is before the ending. The way it ends leaves no real room for after story dlc (who would you play as anyways? That big ben corporal guy who’s name escapes me at the moment?), and the game dumps you to right before the cerberus raid after the game ends anyways, unlike in ME2 where you could just keep on going.

wesker1984

On July 18, 2012 at 5:46 am

”Well, yeah. Except for how it becomes the Catalyst’s story at the very end”
You acting like a little girl who cry. The game is still Shepard’s story even at this moments because we chose how it ends. Even if it not the way you wanted it to end.

”I’m slightly more positive about further adventures set during the events of Mass Effect 3. But only slightly.”
Are you really slightly more positive about that? Or you just say what every whinners whant to hear?

IGN is a farce for me and now gamefront is about to become a farce also! Ign is full of retards who think they know everything about video games and gamefront is full of whinners who think they know what everyone have in mind. And they do also useless interview with a Deviant Art artist who the only thing he have done about video games is a stupid parody about the endings of a great game.

But considering the numbers of comments is lower since the release of the Extended Cut prove that the ones who actualy loved the new extended endings do not waste their times to comment on something they now love or just they now done with Mass Effect and the ones who still comments negatively are just a bunch of what is left of the whinners.

And wallydog1 Mass Effect 3 deserve is high bogus score, even gamefront offered it a positive review. It not because you think the game is overrated or you acting like a little baby because you hated the climax of the game and not everyone agree with you mean Mass Effect 3 is bad or sucks.

wesker1984

On July 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

And if you hate my comment do not waste your time to answer me since i will not return to this page and will not read all the new comments.

David

On July 18, 2012 at 9:21 am

Oh good, for a moment, I thought our neighborhood troll somehow missed this article. That’d have been a shame. :P

wallydog1

On July 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

wesker1984, You are such an idiot. I’ve seen dozens of your replies and not one has had any merit. They are nothing but the ramblings of a mentally handicapped little girl. You are by far, theeeeeeee biggest troll any gamesite has. Congrats on being the biggest F’ing idiot I’ve ever dealt with.
Oh by the way, your english needs alot of work. “And wallydog1 Mass Effect 3 deserve is high bogus score”. Seriously, are you really this stupid? or are you trying to look uneducated. At least you agreed that it was a bogus high score. First bit of intelligence you’ve actually shown in any of you posts. LOSER………………….
One last thing. If you don’t like this site or any other game site for that matter. Please feel free to leave. No one wants you. Not the readers, not the writers, not your momma.

Zach

On July 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Oh Wesker the more you ramble the more your foaming and ranting interrupts your key strokes.
The level of failure in your grammar and spelling is almost laughable.
It’s sad that you still defend a company that doesn’t give a about you and your brown-nosing.

Also I’m posting this in hopes that your idiocy proves truer than your word.

Daretoask

On July 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

@Gamefront Staff: Although this has been said many times before, I would like to thank you for your honest and respectful treatment of the entire ME3 ending controversy. Like many others, I found my way to your wonderful site by (angrily) searching for an explanation to the complete mess that are the original endings. While reading your piece about why the fans are right, I found myself saying THIS, THIS, SO MUCH THIS! more than once. Your articles prove that competent gaming journalism is indeed still possible, a fact that I have not been able to shut up to my friends about.
In short, thank you for your outstanding work so far, and please continue to renew my faith in good (gaming) journalism!

P.s. I also think it’s great that you actually react to your readers in the comments , something I have yet to witness on other sites!

As for the free DLC: I think the best way to describe my feeling towards it is: “Oh, how great it could have been…”. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that the multiplayer, if judged by itself, is certainly well done and, from what I’ve heard, a lot of fun to play (I have not played it myself). But the huge disappointment that was the ending(s) has left me feeling so empty and demotivated, that I just can’t bring myself to even start up the game again (the Ending DLC has done litlle to change that). The worst thing the ending achieved was to utterly destroy my immersion in this wonderful universe, by -as Ross Lincoln has correctly stated- robbing me of choice and the consequences of choice. I would have been all over the multiplayer if it gave me the feeling that holding this point a little longer, or attacking this base a little faster, would (however insignificantly) influence the overall outcome of the game. Being as it is, I now have no emotional response to (free) DLC for a game I was once crazy about.

Daretoask

On July 23, 2012 at 9:18 am

@Gamefront Staff: Although this has been said many times before, I would like to thank you for your honest and respectful treatment of the entire ME3 ending controversy. Like many others, I found my way to your wonderful site by (angrily) searching for an explanation to the complete mess that are the original endings. While reading your piece about why the fans are right, I found myself saying THIS, THIS, SO MUCH THIS! more than once. Your articles prove that competent gaming journalism is indeed still possible, a fact that I have not been able to shut up to my friends about.
In short, thank you for your outstanding work so far, and please continue to renew my faith in good (gaming) journalism!

P.s. I also think it’s great that you actually react to your readers in the comments , something I have yet to witness on other sites!

As for the free DLC: I think the best way to describe my feeling towards it is: “Oh, how great it could have been…”. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that the multiplayer, if judged by itself, is certainly well done and, from what I’ve heard, a lot of fun to play (I have not played it myself). But the huge disappointment that was the ending(s) has left me feeling so empty and demotivated, that I just can’t bring myself to even start up the game again (the Ending DLC has done litlle to change that). The worst thing the ending achieved was to utterly destroy my immersion in this wonderful universe, by -as Ross Lincoln has correctly stated- robbing me of choice and the consequences of choice. I would have been all over the multiplayer if it gave me the feeling that holding this point a little longer, or attacking this base a little faster, would (however insignificantly) influence the overall outcome of the game. Being as it is, I now have no emotional response to (free) DLC for a game I was once crazy about.

P.s. I hope I didn’t post this twice, I’m a little confused about my post not showing up before. :-)

Sometimes a comment may take a while to show up if it’s your first posting here. – Editor

Devil_is_here

On July 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Because i doesnt fit your point of view doesnt mean he is allowed to view his own point of view.
Also not everyone has a perfect understanding of grammar. I hate that educated fools like yourself believe that it is your god given right to insult erveryone who doesnt have a perfect understanding of the english language. For all you know he could be learning english, using it as a second language or perhaps he has some sort of learning difficulty that make it difficult to comprehend a higher understanding of litteral structure.
As someone who suffers with dyslexia I find that people like yourself have no understanding that there is still a percentage of any population that is not able to reach a higher level of education because of financial, social or intelectual reasons and that does not give you any right to bring them down to make yourself feel high and mighty.
You perfectly understood what he was trying to say regardless of how the post was structured and you gave your own reasoned post. There ws no need to further humilliate the poster because you wanted to carry on trying to prove your excellence. It is people like yourself that have made forum communities like this a hell hole for people like myself who struggle from time to time with what may perfectly simple gramatical understandings for you.
Learn a bit of humility and treat your intelligence as a gift and not take for granted what others crave.

wesker1984

On July 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks David :D .

Tired of the troll

On July 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Just stop replying to wesker1984, he’s not worth it. Stop dignifying his tiresome, blinkered rhetoric with responses that he won’t pay any attention to and will just dismiss as ‘whiny’ or ‘retarded’ because his single-digit IQ won’t allow him to objectively analyse other peoples’ opinions on things.

wesker1984

On July 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

^^^Troll^^

wesker1984

On July 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hey Tired of Troll english is not my native language so sorry so sorry if i repeat myself little whinners.

wallydog1

On July 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

wesker1984 don’t worry, we can see you don’t speak english. Every sentence you type proves that. But to be honest, I don’t think retardees is an actual language. Websters dictionary defines it as (and I quote)” wesker1984′s diarea of the mouth, or a juvenile attempt at speaking with little to no intelligence” end quote. He dude, your famous. Even Websters knows what a moron you are. Cool.