Surprise! The Mass Effect Trilogy Won’t Include All DLC
If you were hoping that BioWare might use the occasion of the upcoming Mass Effect Trilogy box set to further mend fences with a highly divided fanbase, prepare for disappointment. They’re going for the ‘milk ‘em dry’ approach instead. Given how crucial much of Mass Effect’s DLC is to the overall story, the obvious move would be to include them in the box set. But we’re also talking about EA, a company seemingly powered by dick moves, so it is that the Trilogy bundle will of course not actually include the complete DLC.
Wait, what? Yes, EA and BioWare haven’t been sufficiently chastened by the reaction to same-day DLC or to the horrendous original ending of Mass Effect 3. And to prove it, they’re releasing the Mass Effect trilogy sans some rather crucial content. The Trilogy box set will include the Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station DLC packs for the original Mass Effect, the Cerberus Network content for Mass Effect 2, and the Online Pass for Mass Effect 3. Notice anything missing? Yeah, me too. No Kasumi – Stolen Memory, no Project Overlord, no Lair Of The Shadow Broker, no The Arrival, and no From Ashes or The Leviathan.
Now, it is possible Lair of the Shadow Broker will be included in the set. That packet was added to the Playstation 3 version of Mass Effect 2, and it would be smart to make that a cross-platform feature. However, they still have not determined what the PS3 version of the set will look like, so it’s also possible that LOTSB will be removed from it. But even if it’s there, it doesn’t change the fact that players are being asked to shell out $60 for games they’ve already purchased and then another 50ish for the DLC BiowarEA obstinately refuses to consider part of the trilogy.
And if that wasn’t enough, for some reason, Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station won’t be included with the Xbox 360 version of the box set. Though they will be available as free, standalone DLC with purchase of the set, but this just emphasizes the half-assed, cheap cash-in nature of the set. Honestly, my feelings about Mass Effect as a series aside, I can’t recommend anyone purchase the Trilogy bundle. BioWare seems to think they have enough gamer good will to nickel-and-dime customers out of around $100.00. I hope you’ll prove them wrong.
CORRECTON: Pricing info initially incorrect, now corrected.