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.

See more on the official site. Via Joystiq.

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16 Comments on Surprise! The Mass Effect Trilogy Won’t Include All DLC


On October 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Aaaaaaaaaah big thumbs down to EA/Bioware! I wanted Bring down the Sky, Lair of the Shadow Broker, Leviathans and the extended cuts all on disc! Damn them!

EA/Bioware are s even to their most devoted fans. Yes i really said that, they are s!


On October 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Cue the sad Liara face…


On October 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

This is pretty ridiculous. Usually, a re-release includes the extra stuff to give incentive for those that didn’t buy a game earlier, but I’m not seeing much of a reason for someone to buy this set. Some careful shopping would make buying the games right now cheaper, so the only people that would possibly benefit are those with a PS3 since this is the only way for them to play ME1 on that system.

Also, I’m not sure if the price listed in this article is accurate. The set itself is $60, not $100, though if you buy the DLC that EA is keeping out of it, it is at least $100 total.


On October 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hey, it’s EA…

No surprise there… Expect the worst case scenario, and usually they’ll choose it…


On October 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

@RJ: Buying the $60 bundle plus all the DLC it doesn’t include comes out to around $100, yeah…

Honestly, I’d rather have an $80 pack, maybe even a $100 pack that had EVERYTHING(Including the special edition features of the others, like an art book or something) than a $60 pack that only has a bit. It’d just be cool to have a box with everything in it…Maybe they will after the ME3 DLC is all finished.


EA, gotta love ‘em…


On October 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Oh Christ. I find this hilarious. Or I just need to laugh to stop the hurt. One of the two.

Ross Lincoln

On October 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Thanks for the heads up, by the way, on the error. I’ve corrected. Fortunately, this is obviously still a rip off, with or without my dumb error.



On October 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

This is hardly shocking given Bioware/EA’s choices in the past, every decision they have made so far has been to milk the fans of their money.

I could tell something was dodgy about the collection, considering they have not finished releasing all the Mass Effect 3 DLC yet.

Personally I have no longer interest in Bioware/EA products, but if I did I would expect a trilogy box set to have all available content, not to is include it is just a slap to the fact of the ignorant and fans alike.


On October 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

It’s a shame that they still insist on hurting the fans of the series, the people who go that extra mile to purchase everything Mass Effect. It seems that at this rate, EA will have sealed another great studio’s fate into oblivion.


On October 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

What a shock. I am completely taken off guard. Oh what will I do with my small meager life now that their transformation to the dark side is complete. From now on it’s Darth Bioware, and Emperor EA. Our pathetic rebellion will not be crushed! We need Luke Skyrim.
What a freakin joke. What’s more is there B.S. about listening to us and Dragon Age 3. More than likely, they’ll listen to those of us that agree with them, then tell use “this is what we want. This is what the masses asked for.”
So sad that the Bioware of light is gone. Dead, and that Darth Bioware now listens to the evil emperor. I’ll have a drink and raise a toast in it’s honor. It’s wake. To past glories and what might have beens.


On October 2, 2012 at 4:48 am

BioWare isn’t relevant anymore, no matter how much the mainstream press dearly want us to believe they are so that they can keep their annual AEP trips to the company offices. This is the final nail in the coffin of BioWare’s credibility. No wonder two of the founders jumped ship.


On October 2, 2012 at 5:25 am

Firstly, wouldn’t it be EA deciding pricing and included content? After DA2 and the inept way ME3 was handled I am in no way defending NewBioware (or BiowarEA if you prefer; either way, not the same company that made KoTOR) but let’s put the blame where it belongs on this one.

Regarding the bundle though, I can see from a money grabbing, mercenary, business perspective why EA would hold back DLC to make money but the choice of included content doesn’t make marketing sense. Surely if you are marketing the set as the “complete” story then you could make a case for leaving out the Zaeed and Cerberus content and even LoTSB as those are expansions to the overarching narative; but The Arrival???? Leaving out DLC that should have been part of the full release product is just shockingly stupid from a PR and marketing perspective.

Still, can’t say I’m surprised; EA’s PR department seem to have taken the old adage about a million monkeys on a million typewriters a little too literally.


On October 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

I don’t understand. They think there are people that do not already own the game that just want to buy the whole thing in one big chunk… well minus the DLC. That does not make much sense even from a douche marketing perspective.

I mean with the DLC you might sucker in the people that already own the game. But without the DLC I doubt I would not be the only one to think that EA should go pound sand.


On October 2, 2012 at 10:30 am

Oh what the? These guys can’t even get this right?

*sigh* Some days, I swear. Why have a sprinkling of ridiculous when you can just have a monsoon.


On October 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

I think the point is being missed here. If they are really trying to nickle and dime everyone, then it’s obvious they’ll have a much longer term plan.

They’re not done with ME3 DLC yet, so it cannot be included, therefore, the collection is not a complete collection. So, fans will buy this “not complete collection” for the next year or two. After that time, they’ll bring Karpyshyn back and release the “Mass Effect: The Complete Collection” pack with all the DLC and a corrected, better ending, “Experience Mass Effect the way it was meant to end” and all that crap. This is likely what they’ll do. Of course, by this point, most of the fans will be so thoroughly sick of it that the only people that will buy it is the game community’s equivalent of disaster memorabilia collectors, wanting to commemorate the death of a once great game developer.


On October 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The Writer forgot an important part….

This trilogy will probably require Origin ….