The most intriguing game characters in the Mass Effect (ME) franchise are undoubtedly the Reapers, with their sheer technological prowess, enormous size and unmatched power. An ME3 (Mass Effect 3) gamer would have found it the hard way that beating or destroying the Reapers, has been the most challenging task through the ME trilogy as it requires the player to garner maximum EMS (Effective Military Strength) score possible before launching an assault on the Cerberus headquarters in Mass Effect 3.
BioWare has announced the Leviathan DLC, which will focus on the origin of the Reapers and link itself to the ME3 storyline. The bizarre ending of the ME3 notwithstanding, it remains to be seen how BioWare will add substance to the new single-player DLC - Leviathan. As most fans would have expected a twist in the tale towards the grand finale of Mass Effect 3, some unanswered questions regarding the creation of Reapers might form the crux of the story with the new DLC.
As Kotaku notes, Mass Effect 3's highly anticipated add-on campaign for single-player, which was rumoured weeks ago, has been finally confirmed for release at EA's Summer Showcase event. Here is the formal description of the Leviathan DLC as stated by BioWare:
"Mass Effect 3: Leviathan is the first story-driven, single player DLC to be made available since Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut. Leviathan expands upon the events of Mass Effect 3 with gripping and emotional storytelling, compelling new characters, powerful weapons and unique upgrades. Players will be able to discover more about the origins of the reapers as they race across the galaxy to unravel the mystery that surrounds the fabled Leviathan."
According to the latest update from Kotaku, the DLC will take you through underwater exploration in a mech suit (as depicted in the screenshot above). The player is expected to encounter some sort of giant derelict or a Reaper in the abyss of the ocean.
"Something lurks in the dark corners of space, something powerful enough to kill a Reaper. Shepard must discover the most closely guarded secret in the galaxy before the Reapers silence it forever. Discover more about the origins of the Reapers as you race across the galaxy to find the Leviathan. Unravel the dark history of the Reaper Race before it is too late. Coming later this summer there is no war, only the harvest," reads the game synopsis on BioWare's official blog.
"Taking place during the events of Mass Effect 3, players will be thrust into the darkest corners of space where they will hunt a mysterious being rumoured to be powerful enough to destroy a Reaper. As they race against time, they will begin to unravel the secret of the Leviathan. Explore uncharted systems and new areas on the Citadel, interact with brand new characters, unlock the AT-12 Raider shotgun and M-55 Argus Assault Rifle and discover more about the mysterious history of the Reapers. Available on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Cost is $10 or 800 Microsoft points," adds the description on BioWare blog.
Firefight Weapons Pack
To make things more interesting, BioWare is offering new Firefight Weapons Pack - a new single-player weapon pack available for download from 7 August. The weapon pack will be available for all three gaming platforms - PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (PS3). Featuring two new powerful weapons and five bonus weapons for Take Back Earth, the weapon pack DLC will cost $2 or 160 Microsoft points.
Mass Effect 3 will be the first ever title to launch on Wii U game console with a brand new control scheme porting the Wiipad. The Wii U version of ME3 will also feature a bonus DLC including the Extended Cut, an interactive back story depicting the earlier events of Mass Effect game world, besides adding Mass Effect 3's highly acclaimed multiplayer campaigns.