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It's been a really long while, comparatively, since we've heard about new single player DLC, but I'm sure I don't really need to tell you that.

While it's certainly been fun wreaking six kinds of havoc on the various multiplayer venues (Platinum difficulty, gah!) I'm sure a lot of you are looking forward to new single player content to tackle.


Announced during EA's summer showcase, Leviathan will tell the story of increasing desperation, a quest for vengeance, and will add entirely new avenues of play.


The setup for Leviathan is that humanity is looking for anything and everything to win the war and get Earth back. Admiral Hackett has been running black op missions with the goal of tracking down a mysterious and elusive creature that has been killing Reapers; the Leviathan Of Dis. Vanishing decades ago, no one has been able to come close to locating it again, until a scientist on the Citadel finds a trace that could lead them to the enigmatic dreadnaught, but then --as scientists are wont to do-- he ends up murdered. The most likely culprit is indoctrination,  but perhaps there is something more sinister afoot?

The Leviathan DLC will add new characters, planets, and combat setpieces, including a deep sea diving mech. It will also be delving into the origin and nature of the Reapers. It's said to be in comparable length to Lair Of The Shadow Broker.

For those willing to purchase it at its ten dollar value --the first of ME3's paid DLCs-- they will get not only an  entirely new mission line, but also a new rift for the ending of ME3. Whether this just means Leviathan may make an appearance or if it adds a new endgame path or permutation of Control or such has yet to be clarified.

Look for Leviathan's return sometime later this year. (Vagueries, yay!)



And if anyone here is thinking about putting the moolah down for a Wii U when it becomes available, you should know that the ME3 port will be a title available at launch. It will have another Genesis-esque motion comic to help you influence your past choices.


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You know, delving into the nature and origin of the Reapers is something that I think belonged in the original game, don't you think so? I'm not one to jump to the conclusion that a game is rushed because it has good DLC, but even I am starting to wonder that, even with the three month delay, that perhaps ME3 was rushed? I still stand by my judgement that it is a wedding cake of a game, but in retrospect it's starting to seem like a wedding cake without the cheesecake filling or the chibi Shepard and Liara cake toppers --I demand those be made, by the way--

Now, when I was first playing through ME3, I didn't once wonder "Hmm, when will the plot get around to addressing the origin and nature of the Reapers", I was busy being immersed in everything else that was going on. While it was addressed at the end, rather unsatisfactorily, and that was improved in the Extended Cut, hearing something even more in depth from a Reaper, I think, will be much more resonant. In fact, hearing it from anyone else besides the Catalyst would be an improvement.

And a question for those more informed than I; I still have yet to download From Ashes, how much does Javik effect the plot of ME3?

I think it was a choice between focusing on new things like Javik, the Prothean legacy and the nature of the Reapers, or on things like Tuchanka and all the other characters and mission threads that have been playing out over ME1 and 2.

The more I think about it, the more I come to suspect that ME3 need just a bit more time.
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Braigwen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I am hoping beyond hope that the EC and the original ending were just place holders. Hoping!!!
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IndigoWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Prepare yourself for disappointment.
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nosirah Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Nice! It's good to hear that the team is still working on this game! Can't wait to see what other DLC they will have in store!
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Silverstar3 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ugh they just keep trying to patch it up. Eventually the FrankenEffect Monster of an ending will kill us all.
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MrE1967 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
“It's said to be in comparable length to Lair Of The Shadow Broker.” That short huh and still for $10? I suppose the new characters will total to be about the same as well and a plotline that isn’t at all impressive.

All I see it as is a few multiplayer sized maps and shallow storytelling again. What did you get with From Ashes with that $10 in comparison? A single planet with one location and a character with some lines through out the game (the only good thing about it really) and a new gun. Wow, money well spent there for those that had to buy it and they expect us to spend the same amount for a download for a blahish buggy game with a few story highlights a crapzilla of an ending and a extend cut ending that should have been in the game if anyone working on it had half a brain cell among them or at least a spine to stand up to an ending they must have known was wrong to end the game series that way in the first place?

Just read the bottom of your posting about how you don’t have From Ashes. Don’t waste you money until it goes on sale or you just happen to have $10 to waste. This should have been included in the game instead as a paid download for those who didn’t get the collectors edition. Epsecially since Tali and Garus may have died in some players ME2 game and the Virmire survivor my get killed or turned into a “war asset” leaving you with a few squad mates to use for the entire game. As I mentioned in the paragraph above the only good thing about it is Javik himself and the dialog he has in the game especially the lines he has on Thessia. The whole Eden Prime map is a joke really in size to the point I’m surprised it hasn’t been added to the multiplayer game yet. The plot to get you there is weak as well and not surprising no interaction with anyone at the Eden Prime site since there is nobody there except the Cerberus troops that are supposed to stop you after you reach Javik‘s freezer that’s sitting out in the open.
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bravofox16 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I think everyone now has to stop crying ... Congrats you got your new ending now i dont wanna hear another whisper about it !!
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IndigoWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
The Mass Effect 3 ending will have just as much staying power in regards to frequency of mention and/or discussion as Aeris's death in Final Fantasy back in the day.
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bravofox16 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Oh god you think so ? I still hear that crap. Tell me it isnt so !!
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IndigoWolfe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
'Tis so.
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bravofox16 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
awww
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mbrsart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
TBH, I didn't play with Javik much, but I also didn't play without him. I don't know how much he affects the plot if he's put into play vs. not at all, but it's interesting what he has to say about the whole thing.

To tell you the truth, he's kind of a prick. And a big pessimist.
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Andy1979 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
From what I've seen of it Leviathan looks interesting. I will certainly be getting it I just hope they can live up to the high bar set by the Lair of the Shadow Broker and Overlord DLC's. The last few DLC's Arrival and From The Ashes have not really been anywhere near as good.

We will have to wait and see.
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MadMapper Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Chibi Shepard and Liara cake toppers? I do know that someone made Shep+Tali ones :D About From Ashes: it's a must-have. Seriously.
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Master-Futon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't think ME3 was rushed so much as they just didn't have the manpower to do the workload that was expected of them. Seriously the credits are only about 1/3 the length of the ME2 credits before it gets to the DLC credits.
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SilverOfTwoWings Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep this smells like something that should be in the game in the first place.
I may look it up on youtube, but I don't think I will be spending 1/4 of the full game price on a few missions.
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Sin-Vraal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Pretty sure by "changed ending" they mean a few extra War Assets and maybe another slide. They aren't going to change anything drastic. At best, maybe they'll deign to explain how the heck Synthesis is supposed to work or what it's intended to be.
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Rocketai Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
The problem is, they release an incomplete game and starts gaining more money by selling DLCs to make it more "complete".
It has been like this with every game, sadly.

Also, Javik changes pratically nothing, if not none at all, the plot of ME3. He just adds a bit more dialogue, but the rest nothing changed, it's as if you don't have a freaking living prothean by your side.
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DevilRayWilson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I'm down with three month later DLC.(not day one DLC)
They do this to get people to replay the game and to give the fans their ME fill.
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Padawanmage Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I'm taking everything with a grain of salt...the Extended Cut did help some, but i still don't trust BW as 'blindly' as I did before. As to the backstory on the Reapers...I fervently hope we do not see, hear, or 'talk to' Casper the Genocidal Ghost.
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Sorael-Ignis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] No change to the endings, just more info about the reapers.
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comcody336 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good to know my info was write i remember writing a note to this group a while back about a possible leviathan dlc
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comcody336 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAM YOU AUTO CORRECT I SAID RIGHT NOT WRITE
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BiffTech Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could this be the answer to my dreams, with a possible expansion to the endings of of ME3's campaign?! TBH, probably not... but hell yeah on getting some new single palyer content! Just so long as it lasts over twenty minutes, then it will be well worth the 800msp imo :)

Great journal btw :)
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BiffTech Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
& not forgetting the MP weapon pack on the 7th of August! 160msp is a steal imo :)
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efleck Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been saying this forever... and I'll repeat myself again just because I love the sound of my own voice (haha jokes, it's actually a terrible sound, I'm sure), but the lacklustre ending could be shined up a bit with SP DLC, each one bringing new possibilities to the end game - for those that care enough to pay and keep playing.

Because let's face it... you aren't sacrificing artistic integrity if you're releasing paid DLC that simply 'expands the story'. And how many suspicious ME fans would be swayed by the announcement that the new SP DLC adds to the ending. I know I am. BW may have left me feeling a bit emotionally violated after my first play through, but in all honesty, I can't seem to find anything else worth playing.
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm bouncing back and forth on whether Mass Effect 3 should get Game of The Year. I think it'll be a long time before all the crap with the ending will heal. Hopefully Leviathan DLC helps that. I was annoyed that the Reaper's origins wasn't fully in the game till the end (with EC) and it should have been there from the start. I always felt like there was so much more, we deserve those answers at least.

The second I heard of a "good" Reaper immediately made me intrigued. I always wondered who "killed" the Reaper in Mass Effect 2. Odds are Leviathan took the shot. Just hope he/it is as intimidating and enigmatic as Sovereign was. Harbinger is okay but Sovereign was just a badass. Didn't explain why Reapers harvested, Sovereign just did what it wanted.

Odds are the game was rushed. Is it just me or was every single side mission just "pick up this" then "bring it back?" That ticked me off. In my opinion they could have handled the side mission system so much more. It's not terrible... it's kinda like the scanning in Mass Effect 2... which I can live with. Mass Effect 3 is just a rushed masterpiece...

Javik is a decent addition. If Leviathan DLC adds more to the ending (as I expected since there were still some holes) and I'm satisfied then I will forgive Bioware for the original ending issues. Probably not much though.

Leviathan DLC already has a trailer so it'll probably be out late August/early September... :(
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SilverOfTwoWings Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think it will get GOTY. Skyrim will though.
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Skyrim was released last November. Don't think that applies to the "2012" year. :3

It would be funny if it did though.
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SilverOfTwoWings Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, my mistake: I was thinking about GOTY 2011. I keep forgetting ME3 was released this year *facepalm*
seriously though I doubt ME3 will get a GOTY. For one thing, it just doesn't deserve it.
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah... which is why I said it's touch and go. I doubt it will happen but if it does it'll be an "okay whatever" victory.

If you look past the ending the game was great... though the ending kills it. Unless the pain of the ending wears off then I doubt the game will even be a contestant.
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SilverOfTwoWings Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I definitely think ME3 was a solid game story wise, but the ending isn't the only thing that weights it down. Gameplay wise it doesn't have much to offer. That said ME2 was for many magazines and critics a game of 2010, so WHO KNOWS. We'll see by the end of the year I suppose? I'm actually kinda curious now.
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BiffTech Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It deffo won't get goty... not with such weak ending to an epic campaign. at the end of the day... it's the last five minutes of the game that everyone will remember the most... So Casey kinda shot himself in the foot with that one lol :)
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PrototypeB Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah you're probably right. Either or. If it wins I'll be okay but if it loses I won't really care lol.
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Leeboi2 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
You like Liara, don't you? Get Javik, use them both. Voila.
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EmberFalcon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Javik doesn't necessarily affect the main plot, but he does give you a lot more background to the Protheans and why they inevitably lost- a story that furthers the idea that the synthesis ending would be the most ideal- for the Reapers.

To be clear- that last bit was just my opinion, and I do not wish to start a major debate on why it's wrong/right. It was just what I inferred from it on my own. <3
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Kyo-Erurikku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
hmm sounds good, having new characters :), but it be nice to have stuff after what happened, obviously in some peoples ending shepeard dies, but it be cool to have stuff about after or if you did save shepeard then it be cool if its when your found by someone, probaly a female alien, and cause of the crash and that shepeard could lose his memories and it could be where hes trying to get them back and stuff, or something like that
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vedrit Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
My biggest question is this, and was never properly explained: Anderson was made a Councilor in ME2, and he said he retired from the military. Did he suddenly up and change his mind? Quit being a Councilor, get his rank back AND get the generous promotion to Admiral?
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I believe that was addressed in the novels.
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vedrit Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
oh brother....
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
He just got tired of the politics, all the bullshit.

So he got out. But he did it through official channels, that's why he was reinstated.
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vedrit Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
still. Not everyone reads the comics. It would have atleast been nice to have a journal for it (I dont recall seeing one)
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Rau-Le-Creuset Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Yeah I understand what your saying.
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Celleno Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I'll buy it because it looks interesting. Also I'm curious how about how much this will affect the ending. Personally I still would have liked it if Harbinger had at least said something during the beam rush.

But yeah this would have been good material to put into the first game.
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OmegaMaddox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree If Bioware/EA put in little bit of more time with Mass effect 3, they could of have the best game (even if I still think the game Is awesome). From what I learned in project management. M.E.3 was little bit of crash plan/risk management. I understand I will have people disagree with me, but since EA has bioware they wanted to get the game out faster instead of having it out in IDK summer time right now... Anyways it just my opinion.
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Rezi-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure people have said it already, but Javik isn't needed for the plot. He's really fun and informative, especially if you take him to Thessia. I feel like he's the only companion to take with you on that mission because he tells a lot there.
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BiffTech Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's funny on Sur'kesh as well.. I love the way the Salarians react to his comments lol :)
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Rezi-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha, omg, I had forgotten about that! xD
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Renegade64 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds interesting but as for the ending it will probably just add +100 war assets or something pointless like that. I`d be really surprised if it made any significant difference to the endings.
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vzerby Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I bet the added part to the ending will be just a comment made of the events that will transpire in the DLC and that will be it.
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Jedi-Kel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I scored From Ashes free with getting the N7 Collector's Edition, and in the end Javik didn't add much other than talking about how awesome the Protheans were, establishing a professional friendship with Liara, and talking smack about the other races.

I'm looking forward to Leviathan because 1) KOTOR ref, and 2) a "good" Reaper would be fascinating. Me and :icontatooine92: have been exploring that since Arrival-ish, so I wanna meet Leviathan face-to-face and learn more about the Reapers themselves.
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