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Mass Effect 2 'Arrival' DLC teased in PS3 patch

BioWare is readying even more Mass Effect 2 goodness according to snippets of information lifted from a recent PS3 patch. Though the studio has yet to make an official announcement, eagle eyed downloaders have reported the addition of three new entries to their ME2 trophy list - all of which allude to a forthcoming 'Arrival' DLC.

A word of warning before we make good with the details: if you prefer your ME2 experience untainted by spoilers, we suggest you go no further than this picture of Commander Shepard enjoying a tender moment with one of his crewmates.

Space love... ain't it grand?Where were we? Ah yes, the Trophies, which appearinan image posted onNeoGAF:

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Complete the Arrival DLC
Last Stand: Survive all five waves in the battle for Object Rho
Covert Action: Rescue Dr. Amanda Kenson without attracting hostile attention.

Some may recall references to Dr. Amanada Kenson that appeared on ME2's Cerberus News Network earlier this year, which read:

"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?'"

Space dust? Gravity wells? Lost species? We're either in for another rousing adventure aboard the Normandy or one hell of a university field trip. Either way, the Arrival is likely the same DLC BioWarehinted atearlier this year, meaning there's a good chance it will be the last of its kind beforethe developerturns its efforts to Mass Effect 3.

What do you want from Arrival? Moresubstantial changes and plot pointsas in Shadow Brokeror another one-offlike Overlord?And what do you think is "arriving?"


Feb 22, 2011

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