Say what you want to about Bioware’s handling of Mass Effect 3’s ending, one thing they have done nothing but deliver on is the multiplayer experience. Bioware has just announced the arrival of DLC next week that will show the Reaper invasion from an earthbound prospective with “Earth”. The add-on features 3 new maps, 3 new weapons, 6 new human character classes, and the best part, it’s 100% free.
Mass Effect 3’s co-op mode was initially met with skepticism from fans of the story based RPG series, but once people finally started to get their hands on it, it turned out to be a fairly polished multiplayer experience. The co-op based multiplayer aimed to paint a picture of the galactic conflict with Reapers, Geth, and Cerberus that was happening while you played through Commander Shepard’s adventure in the main campaign. Up until now, the battleground that Earth turns into at the start of the game has been largely untouched. The new maps feature battlegrounds in Rio,Vancouver, andLondon, so we will finally all know the answer to that burning question, “How wouldCanadahold up in an alien invasion?”
As with the previous Mass Effect multiplayer DLC, the maps are the only thing you get up front in the free DLC. The weapons and additional characters will only be unlocked randomly with the equipment packs you earn by either playing the missions or purchasing with your money. Xbox and PC players worldwide will be able to download the new content on July 17th, while North American PS3 players get it on the 17th as well, but Europe will have to wait a day to defend the planet.