Bioware's teased the first
DLC for Mass Effect 3, releasing (then retracting) a vaguely spoilery
blurb on Xbox Live ahead of the game's release next month. What are the spoilers? SPOILERS Available
on all platforms, Mass Effect 3: From Ashes will allow players to
“unearth lost secrets from the past and recruit the Prothean squad
member.” END SPOILERS The Day-1 DLC is free to owners of the N7 Collector's
Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition.
Above: One of the digital-only PS3 themes. Diehard cootie-avoiders will be pleased to know the other theme doesn't have a girl on it
PS3 owners, meanwhile, get
an exclusive weapon and themes with preorder of the game's digital
edition. Register for a day-one download and you'll get two exclusive
themes, which Bioware says won't be available anywhere after launch. You'll
also get access to the exclusive M55 Argus, a powerful burst-fire
rifle the developer recommends for close-quarters combat.
Above: Bioware posted this unboxing clip shortly before sending the copy in question into space
However! You're basically
being asked to choose between guns and women here, because only the
boxed edition of the game includes this Femshep-friendly double-sided
cover slick. So, you can have an extra rifle, or you can have the
choice between XX and XY versions of the game's cover-art, but you
can't have both. Um, unless you buy two copies, in which case you
might as well just go all out and buy three, so you can have a rifle and
both versions of the cover. But if that's a serious option for you, why not just buy copies for all your friends as well, and
lunch for us while you're at it, moneybags?