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Mass Effect 2 'Arrival' DLC apparently confirmed by Dragon Age 2 box insert

Last month, a Mass Effect 2 PS3 patch outed an upcoming DLC add-on when it introduced several mystery Trophies to the game. That pre-mature reveal now appears to have been confirmed in a Dragon Age 2 unboxing video which shows off an insert which reads, "The arrival has begun." Skip to 1:38 to see it:

Among last month's leaked trophies was 'Covert Action,' which bears the description, "Rescue Dr. Amanda Kenson without attracting hostile attention." Dr. Kenson was mentioned in a Cerebus Network update from around the same time. So, for all your rampant speculation needs, here's the text:

"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?'"

It seems pretty likely that the DLC will bridge the gap between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3... what do you think?

[Source: YouTube via CVG]

Mar 3, 2011

Associate Editor, Digital at PC Gamer