Bioware has announced two expansions for Mass Effect 3, both set for release in the next two weeks. One, titled Reckoning, will add to the game’s multiplayer, and will be available from the 26th of February. Citadel will be the final piece of single-player DLC released for the title, and will land a week later on March 5th.
In the tradition of the series’ multiplayer expansions, Reckoning will be free, and will add new maps, weapons, and character kits. Among other new species configurations, female Turians – first seen in last year’s single-player DLC Omega - have appeared in screenshots.
Citadel, for which Bioware reportedly had “all hands on deck“, will set you back by 1200 Microsoft Points or $14.99. It will be a considerable add-on, comprising 4GB of content, and will include a new hub that will be explorable even after the DLC storyline has been completed. Series veteran composer Sam Hulick has returned to create new music for the expansion, and Seth Green has also made a comeback to lend his voice to new lines for Normandy pilot Joker.
Bioware describes Citadel as “one final, sentimental journey with Commander Shepard and their squad”. Though the jury will be out on its quality until the DLC becomes available, it is clear that the company aims to bow out the Commander in style, clearing the way for the as-yet-unnamed in-development title due to carry on the franchise at some point in the future. Series Executive Producer Casey Hudson had this to say as he set the stage for Citadel’s release:
“We have always been humbled and driven by the passion of our fans for the Mass Effect trilogy. We hope fans will enjoy spending more time with some of their favourite characters — we have certainly enjoyed spending time creating them. We’re excited to release this final send-off for the trilogy and move forward into the future of the Mass Effect universe.”