Mass Effect 3 teases DLC spoilers on XBLA, exclusive PSN items and Femshep cover

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?


  • Salazans - February 24, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    And don't forget guys to pick up your Mass Effect 3 Promotional content at a McDonalds near you! In all seriousness anybody up for playing the xbox demo multiplayer? Check for my Gamertag on my profile
  • MrHo11ywood360 - February 22, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Somebody probably already redeemed that 2 day trial code. Sucks for whoever gets that copy.
  • KnowYourPokemon - February 22, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    Awesome day 1 dlc that you apparently are only entitled to get for "free" if you spend the extra $20 on special editions. But don't worry, people getting the regular edition can get the full game even if they buy brand new if they pay an extra $10 to get the full game...
  • slimjim441 - February 22, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    I honestly despise the idea of day-1 DLC. I mean, really? If it comes out day one, it was obviously finished in time, and is most likely important to the rest of the game, leaving those who can't afford it shit outta luck. But lucky for me, I finished paying off my collector's edition months ago, so I get it free. But it still blows.
  • thinkBrigger - February 23, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    It's even worse for people who live in the UK. It's a good fifteen to twenty quid more for the N7 version upgrade which is about an additional nine to twelve pounds on top of what American users would pay to twenty dollars for. I'm a Canadian consumer, but the variations in pricing is really concerning.
  • Money - February 22, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    2 Discs, because they where cool and not annoying at all.
  • CrashmanX - February 22, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    2 Discs because the standard DVD can't hold all that Data. Shocking I know. Blu-ray however holds 40GB of Data, so the PS3 doesn't have to worry about that. I mean we could fit all of ME3 on one DVD, but it's gonna look, play, and sound like ass.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 23, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    I thought it was quite seamless. "Please insert Disc 2." *pop* *Game begins* SUCCESS!
  • FOZ - February 22, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    At this point, do half the guns even come with the game, or are they dlc? McElroy's atempu? Good lord, I didn't know capcha's even did proper nouns, let alone did them Irish.
  • BladedFalcon - February 22, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    Considering the game will let you start with all the guns you had in ME2, and probably a lot of new ones, I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that at least 80% of the weapons will be in game. I mean- Look at ME2 as well, it had a few DLC weapons, but at the end of the day, most of them were still in game.
  • ben-sheers - February 23, 2012 3:36 a.m.

    There is an official weapons list online. 59 weapons, eight of which are new DLC. One of which (Chakram Launcher) can be gained for free. Something like eight of them are DLC that will carry over from ME2, but I imagine that they will be present in the vanilla ME3 anyway. So 43ish out of 59 weapons come with the game.

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