Mass Effect 3 Special Edition, Trilogy dates and details laid out

Mass Effect is affecting all the home consoles in their own special ways this holiday season, so hold off on that renegade interrupt long enough for us to give you the details. BioWare today confirmed details for what Wii U gamers should expect with Mass Effect 3 Special Edition, and last week laid out the full plan for when and what Mass Effect Trilogy will pack in for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 players.

The Wii U's Special Edition will launch alongside the console on November 18, with an expanded version of the same Genesis interactive comic which let PlayStation 3 players jump straight into Mass Effect 2. Players will make key choices from the narratives of the first and second games as they advance through the illustrated scenes and find their actions reflected when they get to Mass Effect 3.

Wii U players will find the From Ashes and Extended Cut DLC on-disc as previously announced, as well as the Rebellion, Resurgence, and Earth multiplayer packs and an exclusive heavy weapon. But what they won't get is all three games for the same price of $60.

For that, you'll have to snag the Mass Effect Trilogy. The PlayStation 3 version for the game has been confirmed for release on December 4, or 7 in Europe (as well as a standalone download of Mass Effect on PlayStation Network), and the PC and Xbox 360 versions will arrive on November 6, or 9 in Europe.

We could split hairs about what DLC comes in each version of the game and why, but we'll leave that to Mass Effect Trilogy's external producer Ryan Warden:

"The PlayStation 3 version of Mass Effect Trilogy will have the original Mass Effect with Bring Down the Sky integrated into the game, both on-disc and on the PSN download. Mass Effect 2 will still have the same DLC on-disc that it was originally shipped with: Cerberus Network; Kasumi; Overlord; and Lair of the Shadow Broker. Finally, Mass Effect 3 will also be exactly as it originally shipped.

"The Xbox 360 version will include all DLC that came with the original games – Cerberus Network with Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 remains unchanged as well. The PC is the same as Xbox 360, except both Bring Down the Sky and Pinnacle Station are available for free – just as they are for all PC players who purchases each standalone product today."




  • Dmastaj187 - November 6, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    WOW A MASS EFFECT TRILOGY BOX SET????? No thanks. I already know the game ends on a ridiculously idiotic note, if they shipped this with a new ending I wouldn't have hesitated to buy
  • Viron - November 7, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    It's not the destination man, it's the journey. I think that's a tune we can all dance to.
  • Viron - November 6, 2012 12:56 a.m.

    I'd like to play 1 again, but then I remember oh fucking awful the combat was compared to 2 and 3, I think I'll just watch it on youtube.
  • t_skwerl - November 5, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    Shame we don't get Pinnacle Station as well for Part 1 on PS3. I heard some BS about the source code being corrupt. Well, how about, ya know, rebuilding it? Or just port the thing from an existing copy. Gripes aside, this has been a long time coming. But now, wiiU owners will be in the same boat as PS3 owners.
  • FierceVoltage - November 5, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    Mass Effect 2 did not come with Kasumi, Overlord, or Lair of the Shadow Broker (which is the best DLC of any game ever btw)? Why did he say that Mass Effect 2 for PS3 would ship with everything the original shipped with and then list those DLCs?
  • Viron - November 6, 2012 12:54 a.m.

    Because the PS3 version did ship with those DLCs included because it was released after they came out.
  • FierceVoltage - November 6, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Oh right I was thinking that after I commented thanks!
  • Acerlux - November 5, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    Lack of DLC is a major dealbreaker. While I'd LOVE to experience the trilogy on my new PC and see if the master race is really on to something, the DLC costs mount up waaaaay too quickly.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 5, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    I think it's really ridiculous than each version of the trilogy comes with different sets of DLC. Nearly 3 years since it's original release, there's no reason ME2 on the Xbox shouldn't come with DLC codes for all the major DLC packs. It's also ridiculous that the ME2 on PS3 will come with basically everything but Arrival. At the VERY LEAST they should have all the Platinum hits version of ME1 and the special edition content for 2 and 3 (which would include Javik for ME3). As is, it's just a nice repackaging of the exact products you could buy separately. In this day and age where we'd seeing a lot of really high quality re-releases and compilation packs, it's sad for me to see my favorite series of all time get such a lackluster package. If I felt this was a really nice set, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. At least PS3 players can finally enjoy ME1. Wii U players, on the other hand, are just getting fucked.
  • Dadyo238 - November 5, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    So on PS3 the original will be on the disc, or a download?
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - November 5, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    You can buy ME1 on disc in the trilogy set, or on it's own as a download from the PSN Store.
  • Dadyo238 - November 6, 2012 6:47 a.m.

  • CRYP71K - November 5, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    I can't even begin to try to understand their logic with these Trilogy bundles. What a missed opportunity - they could have had something truly special on their hands if they had included all DLC for each entry no matter the platform. Its a shame its gotta be this way, Bioware... :/
  • KnowYourPokemon - November 5, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    I really don't understand them just not releasing the trilogy for the WiiU. The little comics are nice and all but they just shove the choices at you without giving you much, if any, context. Hopefully when they say "an expanded version of the same Genesis interactive comic" they actually mean a bit more fleshed out, but more than likely it's just the same comic that was in ME2 for PS3 with the choices from ME2 added to it as well...
  • Sjoeki - November 5, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    My ps3 crashed a couple of weeks ago and I'm getting the trilogy for it.
  • Sjoeki - November 5, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    For my new one that is.

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