Mass Effect 2 'Arrival' DLC teased in PS3 patch

BioWare is readying even more Mass Effect 2 goodness according to snippets of information lifted from a recent PS3 patch. Though the studio has yet to make an official announcement, eagle eyed downloaders have reported the addition of three new entries to their ME2 trophy list - all of which allude to a forthcoming 'Arrival' DLC.

A word of warning before we make good with the details: if you prefer your ME2 experience untainted by spoilers, we suggest you go no further than this picture of Commander Shepard enjoying a tender moment with one of his crewmates.

Space love... ain't it grand? Where were we? Ah yes, the Trophies, which appear in an image posted on NeoGAF:

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Complete the Arrival DLC
Last Stand: Survive all five waves in the battle for Object Rho
Covert Action: Rescue Dr. Amanda Kenson without attracting hostile attention.

Some may recall references to Dr. Amanada Kenson that appeared on ME2's Cerberus News Network earlier this year, which read:

"Historians and astronomers alike are abuzz tonight over a new paper published by Dr. Amanda Kenson of the University of Arcturus. Her team claims that by testing the dust trapped in the gravity wells around a mass relay, and comparing its composition to that of dust clouds in the same system, scientists can create a timeline of when the relay passed through the dust. Her conclusion? 'Only a small fraction of the mass effect relays date back 50,000 years,' she writes, 'The majority are far older, indicating they were created by a species predating even the Protheans.' Dr. Aurana T’Meles of the University of Serrice met the information with skepticism: 'While Dr. Kenson’s methods appear sound, the asari tried a similar procedure centuries ago and discounted it. What civilization could have spanned the galaxy for not thousands, but millions of years? If this were the case, we should have found mountains of evidence of their passing. Where is this species now?'"

Space dust? Gravity wells? Lost species? We're either in for another rousing adventure aboard the Normandy or one hell of a university field trip. Either way, the Arrival is likely the same DLC BioWare hinted at earlier this year, meaning there's a good chance it will be the last of its kind before the developer turns its efforts to Mass Effect 3.

What do you want from Arrival? More substantial changes and plot points as in Shadow Broker or another one-off like Overlord? And what do you think is "arriving?"


Feb 22, 2011

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  • Chanel21 - February 25, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    I just peed... But seriously I'm super excited for this.
  • waffman11 - February 25, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    I like the idea of this being a one-off like Project Overlord, even though parts of it scared the piss out of me. I was playing the DLC at about 1 A.M. alone in the dark wearing a headset. I just hit a quiet bit and then the autistic guy screamed in his computer talk from a console. Yeah, that bit almost made me piss my pants. Evey time after that I was nearly going to stop playing altogether. I'm glad I didn't because that was overall the best mission of the game, DLC or not.
  • soren7550 - February 24, 2011 2:53 a.m.

    Come on, let it be the Virmire Survivor DLC that I and possibly everyone else have been waiting for!
  • Sinsational - February 23, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    I think that the Reapers are the best bet here. Point a) they created the mass relays. Point b) they have survived for millions of years and are the only "known" species able to do so and bring the really old dust and brave the gravity wells and survive and... yadda yadda. The names of the trophies themselves seems to invoke the images of a major military action. Maybe the Reapers have entered the known galaxy and started decimating everything in their path? Perhaps Shepherd plans to try and fight them BEFORE they reach Earth, but still hasn't gained the support of the Council? Maybe Dr. Kenson has made some breakthrough regarding the Reapers and it's up to Shepherd to protect her? Who knows?
  • Darth_Griffin - February 23, 2011 3:53 a.m.

    I can see Liara at the end of this DLC "I TOLD YOU SO! I WAS RIGHT! SEEE?!" looks good otherwise. No dauntings about BioWare making a good DLC. But this could be more of a bridge between ME2 and ME3
  • Spybreak8 - February 23, 2011 3 a.m.

    Yeah it was inevitable since we saw the Reapers on Earth during that trailer. Super excited when this comes out, can't get hyped up now. Must hold back lol.
  • Doctalen - February 22, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    I know that Bioware makes amazing games and DLC. I am not worried about the quality of their games. What I want is an expansion, not a DLC, but an expansion. An expansion on the scale of DO:A. One last long and amazing DLC would make me want to rebuy all of Bioware's DLC for the Mass Effect series.
  • DontMessWithMeImRunningOutOfPlacesToHideTheBodies - February 22, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    Maybe you arrive on Earth and the DLC ends like this Illusive Man: Shepard you've rescued Dr. Kenson you need to take her to Earth Shepard: Why? IM: the Protheans are attacking and she's the only one who knows how to kill Harbinger. CS: Joker get me a weapon! We're heading for Earth Joker: Why commander? Shepard: To finish the fight!
  • RicePuddingUK - February 22, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Send this article to Treyarch with the attached note "This is how you to DLC, learn!!!"
  • AlpineGuy - February 22, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Ahh, finally! A company that makes good DLC. Seeing how good Shadow Broker and Overlord were, I'm definitely gonna download this. (My Mass Effect addiction can never be satiated!)
  • Brutalicus - February 22, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    Probably: the Reapers. Maybe: Something to do with the quarian ship that left to explore unknown reaches of space in Ascension? Geth fleet, affected by your Legion mission? Rachni? My guess is the Reapers are attacking Arcurus station or something, I doubt they'd let Earth get invaded in DLC unless it sets up a cliffhanger to start ME3. I'm excited!
  • babyhenchy1 - February 22, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    @Queefitswhatsfordinner Actually not necessarily based on the trailer. "Big Ben" had no idea what they were.
  • Queefitswhatsfordinner - February 22, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    Makes sense that the Reapers should be seen as a real threat (in that members of the game's scientific community know they exist) to make the transition of them being the bad guys in ME3 easier.
  • babyhenchy1 - February 22, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    So excited to see how this will lead into Mass Effect 3. I want it to be more like LotSB. If it's even close to that one's quality, it's instant purchase.
  • CancerMan - February 22, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Barely remembered I own this game. 'Bout time I get around to playing it I suppose.

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