Mass Effect 3 artbook comes with DLC for Xbox 360 and PC

Attention art lovers and collectors of fine alien weaponry. From now until February 20, BioWare and Barnes & Noble are giving anyone who pre-orders Dark Horse Comics' forthcoming book, The Art of Mass Effect Universe, a free DLC code for a Collector Assault Rifle and character boosters in Mass Effect 3.

As discussed on the Dark Horse blog, the free Collector weapon is a variant on the human assault rifle that uses organic parts and shoots pellets that “strip shields of enemies with deadly efficiency.” It will be available to download for free with the unspecified character perks using a code sent via email before March 8 to fans who pre-order from Barnes & Noble.

Unfortunately for PS3 owners, the free DLC is only available to PC and Xbox 360 versions, much like the free DLC codes that are set to ship with those Mass Effect 3 action figures.

The book itself is 184 pages of concept art and behind-the-scenes musings from BioWare on the Mass Effect world, it's technology, weapons, and people. It is currently listed on sale for $26.91 and is slated to arrive on February 21, just weeks before Mass Effect 3 itself arrives on March 6 in North America, and March 8 in the UK.

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  • Spybreak8 - January 27, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Hmm interesting idea lol. I'm a bit strapped for cash though.
  • CitizenThom - January 26, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    I don't understand... I thought Bioware was trying to reach out to PS3ers.... but every article that goes up on gamesradar talks about some new exclusive (even if in the end irrelevant) for the PC and XBox. Why all the hate Bioware? Too many pc elitists working on your games?
  • slimjim441 - January 26, 2012 6:26 p.m.

  • paul-rayner - January 26, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    i pre-ordered the n7 collectors edition for £66, 10 figures for £80, the all the mass effect books including dark for £55 plus 4 armors sets, 6 xbox 360 only weapons, a sr3 model ship, a me 3 tshirt, 2 extra team members from other offers, demo trails and token collection ect. i have everything u can get for that game.. oh and i got a online pass with comes with dlc too for free. so i got everything for £226.
  • wingsdjy - January 26, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    FYI. If you've already placed an order, you will not get the bonus. I ordered this back in August at a cheaper price, and they will not add on the DLC bonus. They also will not let me reorder at the August 2011 price. Seems like a ridiculous policy, but there you go.
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 26, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Not a day goes past these days without another piece of pre-order DLC being announced. Before it seemed harmless, one retailer would have an exclusive outfit, or you might get an XP boost in the special edition, but it was something that could be ignored. I really do feel that in 2011, the industry entered the worst period yet when it comes to grabbing the consumer's money, sticking a grenade to them, kicking them into a crowd and running away while cackling manically and counting it's coins. Or at least that's the way my strange, strange mind sees it.
  • Darkhawk - January 26, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    What about Amazon?
  • DannyMB - January 26, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    I wish the Skyrim artbook had been sold separately, no way I'm shelling out £80 for a shitty plastic dragon.
  • oneshotfinch - January 26, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    How much crap do you have to buy to get all the ME3 DLC now?
  • Hydr0ponicK - January 26, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    You just gotta pre-order the game from 10 different places...
  • soren7550 - January 26, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Let's see, all the action figures will run you near $300 USD if I remember right, the art book is about $30 USD, there might be a Dr. Pepper promotion again, and those run about $1.75 USD a bottle (depends on where you buy really). Presuming you'll have to buy a few bottles in order to get all the DLC (let's say 10 bottles at $17.50 since you're likely to get the same DLC a few times), it's going to run you a bit over $347.50 USD, including taxes and shipping. If you want to throw in the pre-order bonuses and the N7 edition, then that goes up by another $140 or so (pre-ordering a regular copy of the game through Origin and pre-ordering the N7 Edition at GameStop) I like art books though (I had the original Mass Effect art book as well as the Assassin's Creed one), so I'll ask the boyfriend to get me this as a birthday present.

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