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Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC Expands Reaper Mythology

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Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC for PS3

“Shepard’s story came to a close at the end of the game,” BioWare Producer Mike Gamble told the crowd at EA’s Summer Showcase last week. “But there are more stories we want to tell in the Mass Effect universe.” Leviathan is Mass Effect 3’s first story-focused DLC, and in addition to introducing new characters, weapons, and combat challenges it promises to expand on what we know (and what we don’t) about the most feared beings in the universe — the Reapers.

Set during ME3’s harrowing Reaper invasion, the expansion tasks Commander Shepard with tracking down an elusive entity that, according to legend, may wield the power to defeat a Reaper. Trouble is, nobody’s actually seen it. The story begins with an email directing you to the Citadel labs and one Dr. Bryson, director of the elite Task Force Aurora research group that investigates long-shot methods for halting the Reapers. The Protheans, it seems, were the first to suspect the Leviathan’s existence after they discovered a Reaper corpse centuries ago. This all bodes well for Shepard’s quest, but just as Bryson begins to pass along the key information, his lab assistant shoots him dead, mutters “the darkness cannot be breached,” and collapses. Was he indoctrinated? Is the Leviathan somehow responsible? There’s mystery afoot!

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC for PS3Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC for PS3

Shepard’s journey to pinpoint the Leviathan’s whereabouts will require quite a bit of detective work. As you pursue leads and uncover ancient artifacts, you’ll gradually home in on the Leviathan’s position in the distant reaches of the galaxy. Jumping forward in the story, BioWare demonstrated a rip-roaring combat sequence set after Shepard lands on a distant planet (nope, they wouldn’t share its name) suspected of housing the fearsome being. Perched on top of a derelict space vessel floating amidst an angry sea, you’ll fight off a savage Reaper landing party, even hopping into a nearby Triton mech suit to unleash heavy firepower when the going gets tough.

After clearing the deck, you’ll plunge into the frigid depths of the alien ocean in a spellbinding underwater sequence that reminded me of BioShock 2. In a Mass Effect first, you’ll explore the ocean floor from an immersive first-person perspective, firing off flares to illuminate your surroundings as unearthly jellyfish lazily drift by. Just as Shepard seemed to make an enlightening discovery, the BioWare representative abruptly quit the demo. Shazbot!

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC for PS3

In addition to a lengthy new single-player chapter, Leviathan adds two potent new weapons: the pinpoint-precise AT-12 Raider shotgun and the devastating M-55 Argus combat rifle, plus at least one new weapon mod in the the Assault Rifle Omni-Blade. If that’s not enough, you can pick up the Firefight Pack on PSN tomorrow for $2 to score seven more guns for the single-player game.

Look for Mass Effect 3: Leviathan to to touch down on PSN later this summer for $9.99. Have questions? Leave them in the comments.

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+ jchill001 on August 6th, 2012 at 2:45 pm said:

cool


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+ HiryuMK on August 6th, 2012 at 2:59 pm said:

No new squadmate to recruit like Javik?


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    + Sid Shuman on August 6th, 2012 at 3:00 pm said:

    Bioware has promised “never-before-seen characters,” though my guess is you won’t be seeing a new squadmate. Hope I’m wrong, though!


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+ Heavenly_king on August 6th, 2012 at 3:07 pm said:

In which month does summer end?


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+ Heavenly_king on August 6th, 2012 at 3:08 pm said:

I Just checked wikipedia, so at the latest we will have it by the 31st of August :D


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+ aro52 on August 6th, 2012 at 3:11 pm said:

“pinpoint-precise shotgun” . . . . . :/


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    + Sid Shuman on August 7th, 2012 at 2:55 pm said:

    Yes, I specifically asked, and it’s a highly accurate shotgun :) I hope it’s like the Eviscerator, I had a blast with that one once I modded its accuracy


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+ SHINSPIKES on August 6th, 2012 at 3:12 pm said:

Wish yah would give more patches and also let us install the game. Its like playin a ps1 game with glitches.


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+ MofoDo on August 6th, 2012 at 3:16 pm said:

Should we stop advancing the current campaign that we’re on right now and wait or will we have to start a new one to fully appreciate all the details and effect of the DLC?
but the important question is: WHEN?!


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    + Sid Shuman on August 7th, 2012 at 2:57 pm said:

    Much like the Extended Cut, you’ll be able to revert to a “Legend Save” that is set just prior to (SPOILERS) your invasion of the Cerberus base. More info here: http://masseffect.com/about/extended_cut/


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+ LovesJapanManga on August 6th, 2012 at 3:17 pm said:

Will we see more DLCs coming for Mass Effect 3? Or any new “Aftermath” DLCs that allows us to choose our favorite characters and explore into the depth of known or unknown universes out there? :-) I hope so… but I know I am out of luck – that means the answer is no. :-(


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    + Sid Shuman on August 7th, 2012 at 2:58 pm said:

    This is the first single-player DLC they’ve announced for ME3, so your guess is as good as mine whether we’ll see more. I hope so! I’d love to try playing as someone else.


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on August 6th, 2012 at 3:19 pm said:

If leviathan is the first story based DLC then what was from Ashes?


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    + Sid Shuman on August 7th, 2012 at 2:59 pm said:

    Ahh, good call — forgot about that one as it was bundled with the pre-orders (and was great to boot!). I guess it’s more accurate to say “first post-release story DLC”


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+ Satnamji on August 6th, 2012 at 3:32 pm said:

Can this be played as a standalone experience, or is it better played as part of a complete ME3 single-player campaign?

I just finished a second complete playthrough and wasn’t looking to start another in the immediate future.


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+ LovesJapanManga on August 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm said:

Hey? One more question: Why is Mass Effect 2 (Digital Copy) not available on PSN Store for purchase? I was quite disappointed to find out that it is not there anymore. What gives?


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+ PrinceofXIII on August 6th, 2012 at 3:55 pm said:

still undecided if i will get this or not :\


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+ lisatsunami on August 6th, 2012 at 4:09 pm said:

Hi, Sid: ME3 is still in my pile of shame so I’ll eventually play the DLC before finishing the main quest, probably.


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+ DJBennett1985 on August 6th, 2012 at 4:27 pm said:

Hi Sid, do you know if this mission is standalone or will we need to create a new game for it?


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+ Kchow23 on August 6th, 2012 at 4:29 pm said:

Any chance that there will be a season pass? I’d like to save money while securing all of the DLC.


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 6th, 2012 at 5:29 pm said:

Who cares about all this dam* DLC crap you guys try to milk and dime us 24/7 on psn. How about getting NASCAR THE GAME 2011 on the dam* psn for download? How about getting off your a*s for once and asking the stupid developer what is up his slow as hell A*s and why its taking him till year 3050 to get Nascar 2011 on the USA PSN store huh? We are sick of waiting over here for a digital copy of a AMERICAN RACING SPORT and yet its digital in other countries. What are you guys doing on the psn side of things huh? You goofing off throwing paper spit balls at each other and acting two at your desk or are you dam* listening to your customers. We constantly tell you what we want and will buy and yet you always do the dam* opposite. I may just buy a dam* 360 so that way I can play my dam* racing games digital on TIME for crying put loud.


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+ spideyal on August 6th, 2012 at 5:36 pm said:

I’ll be buying this without a second thought, just like many other Mass Effect fans. Any more information in the Mass Effect world is a plus for me. And yes, I’ll be buying the Firefight pack too lol. I could use the extra help for my Insanity run haha.

I can’t wait to see more of Mass Effect!


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

Also thanks for ripping me off on my 20 movies I had bought over time and when I switched hard drives and went to transfer them back on my new hard drive it wants the movies to renew the license. It wants me to buy the movies again. 20 dang movies. Why on earth cant you people at psn just make a movie download list for the movies we buy like the game download list huh? I will NEVER again buy anything from the movie store again. The way you run that is a scam. I guess Vudu and netflix is the best option. At least when I buy a movie on Vudu I always have a digital copy ready to watch that NEVER goes away and is tied to our account on there. Not on psn its a throw money in the air and hope the ps3 last forever. What a scam the psn video store is. You have really ripped me off and really raged me today with that crap.


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 6th, 2012 at 5:50 pm said:

You know what I always laugh at people that say they will sue sony on here in the blogs but you know what after ripping me off on 20 dam* movies that I payed close to 20 bucks a piece for over a span of years of collecting and now that I replaced the hard drive to a 1 tb one and went to transfer the backups of these movies with the feature you set in place for the movies and I get a message that I need to renew the license and that means I need to buy the movie again I guess cause I see no OPTION when I go to the store to renew sh*t on my movies its just wanting me to buy the movies again. Thanks alot for ripping me off on hundreds of dollars on this bullcrap. I think this grounds for a lawsuit I mean my wife is also raged over losing all our movies we have pitched on together to buy on psn. All lost cause I change the hard drive. What a crock of sh*t man. Can’y believe this crap.


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 6th, 2012 at 5:53 pm said:

You know what I always laughed at people that said they will sue Sony on here in the blogs but you know what after ripping me off on 20 movies that I payed close to 20 bucks a piece for over a span of years of collecting and now that I replaced the hard drive to a 1 TB one and went to transfer the backups of these movies with the feature you set in place for the movies and I get a message that I need to renew the license and that means I need to buy the movie again I guess cause I see no OPTION when I go to the store to renew my movies its just wanting me to buy the movies again. Thanks alot for ripping me off on hundreds of dollars. I think this is grounds for a lawsuit I mean my wife is also raged over losing all our movies we have pitched in together to buy on psn. All lost cause I change the hard drive even though its the same ps3 and same psn account that I bought all the movies on. What a crock of crap man. We can’t believe this.


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+ luvtoseek on August 6th, 2012 at 6:11 pm said:

One of the best gaming exp. I ever had. In terms of story telling, I can only think of The Walking Dead from TT that draws me so deep into the game world. There are probably others but they are the only 2x titles in recent memory that have made me completely submersed when I’m playing.

IMO, I think it’s a bad idea to rid a major franchise of their central character. Imagine Gordan Freeman NOT in HL 4. Or Master Chief missing from the Halo series. I thought the L4D cast was great & the sequel’s group of survivors just didn’t measure up. Suddenly all that narrative is lost along w/ the attachment to those characters. Keep Shep. as the focus. Keep Drake looking for treasure. Further explore Snake’s past using Snake, or change the gameplay entirely- like what Plat. Games are doing w/ the spinoff.


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+ Enigma777 on August 6th, 2012 at 6:40 pm said:

Cant wait!


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 6th, 2012 at 9:22 pm said:

As I thought. You never reply back and hide. What a company. You hype every thing yet when you rip us off and we complain about it you hide or never reply. You know I understand WHY people hack your stuff. You never deliver on time and so much content stays LOCKED or hidden in your closet and never gets released and most people are sick of waiting for content so they illegally copy and produce it out for free through hacks and it makes those people happy and they get the games out and the job done and yet you idiots never know what your doing. You need to hire the hackers that can make all the cool apps and crap. I will be 90 years old before I see content on time. I mean never in my life have I supported a company that has pissed me off year after year and I was always pissed at hackers thinking they have slowed content down but nooo its the hackers trying to give us the content you lay off in a vault some where and never release it so hackers take over then. I’m tired of waiting myself. I’m tired of constantly getting ripped off. If it wasn’t for Live charging to game online I would’ve went 360 YEARS AGO. Sony is just a huge let down every day. That is not good business.


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 6th, 2012 at 9:36 pm said:

Nothing but lies is what sony is good at. You scam us weekly and then try to act STUPID like you didn’t know what you did screwed others and you darn well know you screw us weekly by releasing games we bought on plus sales and then release those plus sale games for free a week or two later. YOU KNOW you do that and if you don’t then that is why plus is so screwed up and you all need fired and new people that have legit brains that can think needs to take over. Heck let me take over and I will fix it all. Everybody would be happy cause I would fix the plus membership and I would make cloud storage FREE for everyone at the size it is now and then give plus members 500 mb of storage. I would rotate 12 games MONTHLY not the way you morons are doing it now. I would make the video store just like the gaming store for downloads. When you buy a movie off psn it stores it in a download list to were you can re download it as many times as you want like it is for games but only one activation. Oh and I would release a statement a month in advance of what the 12 plus free games should be the next following month so people won’t get ripped off if they buy any of those free games a few weeks before like what happens now.


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+ Enigma777 on August 6th, 2012 at 10:41 pm said:

It’s ok man. Just let it all out.


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+ Rez33 on August 6th, 2012 at 11:07 pm said:

Excellent news! Can’t wait to get more Mass Effect 3.


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+ DerpiestShazbot on August 6th, 2012 at 11:31 pm said:

Herpadurp.
Did someone say Shazbot?

On a more topic-related note, I’m not too sure what to think of this DLC now… Normally I feel like I’d be a sucker for anything Mass Effect but this DLC takes place before the ending. Just doesn’t feel quite right playing through this already knowing how your Shepard’s story will end.
I know the endings were pretty definitive but it would be kinda cool if they got some post-ending DLC out somehow…


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+ fathead170 on August 7th, 2012 at 12:15 am said:

somebody needed to vent points to slick t


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 7th, 2012 at 12:19 am said:

Now psn is having time out issues and just acting weird with signing in. WTH gives man.


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 7th, 2012 at 12:19 am said:

I’m now getting 80710092 error codes trying to sign in. WTF!


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 7th, 2012 at 12:26 am said:

You people that run psn are crap man. All my accounts either sign in one minute and then sign me out the next with error codes and then it lets me sign in and then not. I go to check trophies and its saying server timed out and signs me out with 2 different error codes everytime what in the hell is going on? You need to inform us of this crap before you go messing with psn. I can’t watch my netflix worth crap now. It keeps stoping half way in my movie its pissing me the f*** off. My internet is fine I’m on my laptop now but psn is error code after error code. You better not be messing with me for venting or all hell is going to break loose I’ll tell ya that right now. I payed too much money on psn for you people to mess with my accounts being jerks.


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+ AizawaYuuichi on August 7th, 2012 at 1:05 am said:

@ S_L_I_C_K–T: Um… PSN being down or not doesn’t affect Netflix. People were still watching it during the PSN outage. So if you’re having problems with the NF app, I’d direct those complaints to them, not Sony.

OT: While I don’t own ME3, I feel the choice to release pre-ending story-based DLC in a story-based game with an extremely definitive and highly controversial ending to be a strange choice. I kept seeing news about this on banner ads saying that the “Leviathan DLC changes ME3′s ending!” but after reading this, I doubt it. Whatever you discover will be completely useless, or you won’t actually find whatever Leviathan is. Cause if it’s a weapon you’re able to find and use, that *would* completely change the end of the game, or it should…
Guess I’ll find out after it releases.

@ Heavenly_king: I’m not sure which part of Wikipedia you checked, but Summer ends in September. Fall begins on Sep. 22, so Bioware has a while to get this out and still make a release date of “later this Summer”.


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+ S_L_I_C_K–T on August 7th, 2012 at 8:20 am said:

Heck with all my bad luck on psn this week that has me raged like no other… At least put Battlefield 3 on sale for half price so I can get it and the 2nd one today. I’m not paying 60 bucks for a psn downloaded game when the 2nd battlefield is only 20 bucks on psn.


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+ tusunami on August 7th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

Glad to see more dlc for the single player game, dlc been handled nicely for the game superb!!!!!!!


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+ FreshRevenge on August 7th, 2012 at 9:49 am said:

this is Great! I was hoping for a mission to help out Aria T’loak get Omega back! I want a Batarian squad mate on the Normandy!


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+ PassOverDose on August 10th, 2012 at 6:55 pm said:

Nice more weapons and armor dlc packs bioware and not to forget alot more story dlc thanks.


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