BioWare details upcoming Mass Effect 3 Wii U port, DLC

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Before you say it, yes this is a story about Mass Effect 3. No, that does not give you permission to pen a 3,500-word screed damning the ending of BioWare’s latest space epic in the comments. It’s not that we disagree with your valuable, well-formed opinion, it’s just that it’s Friday and at this point in the week none of us have the attention span to parse a short story worth of angry geek rhetoric.

With that out of the way, on to the news: BioWare has revealed a wealth of information about the next story-based Mass Effect 3 DLC addition, the game’s upcoming Wii U iteration, and the imminent Firefight DLC weapons pack. Excited? Don’t answer that; we’re gonna tell you about it regardless.

Firefight, the aforementioned weapons pack, is scheduled to hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC versions of Mass Effect 3 on August 7. We’re mentioning this bit first as it only includes seven new weapons for use in the game’s single-player mode, and the whole thing will set you back $2, regardless of platform. Vaguely neat, right?

Likewise, BioWare offered a short blurb on the upcoming Wii U version of Mass Effect 3. Alongside expressing immense excitement that the game will be released as a launch title for Nintendo’s next console, the company dropped the following information on the game, almost all of which was already common knowledge:

Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U features a brand new control scheme designed to incorporate the Wiipad. It will also feature bonus DLC including the Extended Cut, an Interactive back story covering previous events in the Mass Effect universe, and Mass Effect 3′s critically acclaimed Multiplayer experience.

While we realize that the first two news blurbs were rather lackluster, this final one should be worth your precious pageviews. Amidst the aforementioned news, the company also served up the first information on Mass Effect 3’s upcoming Leviathan DLC add-on. Unlike the Firefight pack, Leviathan has been designed to add actual story content to the game, expanding its scope and giving players more novel stuff to experience. Here’s the company’s synopsis of this thing’s plot:

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.

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 rumored 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.

While BioWare offers no release date for Leviathan, it does claim that the DLC addition will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC platforms for the totally reasonable price of $10. Once the company officially settles on a release date (or even a vague window) we’ll let you know. In the meantime, have a look at BioWare’s official announcement. It may not be world-shatteringly important, but it does include a number of attractive pictures from the game, almost none of which are as worryingly distracting as the above shot of the game’s Wii U functionality.

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