Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector's Edition includes bonus character and mission

The requisite Mass Effect 3 collector's edition has just gotten the tiniest bit bigger. A new video highlights the contents of the upcoming $80 bundle: a metal case featuring both male and female versions of Commander Shepard, a 70-page hardbound art book, a limited edition comic by Dark Horse, a fabric N7 patch, and a 4x6 lithographic print. The digital bonuses include four additional weapons, the Squadmate Alternate Outfit Pack, a digital N7 hoodie for Shepard to wear on the Normandy, and a digital soundtrack. Perhaps the most novel addition of all: a robotic dog for you to play with while on board the Normandy. But, there's another bit of content BioWare's adding for the collection: a new character and mission. A GameStop promotional video ends with a tease for a "bonus character & mission," but notes that it's "classified." You can see a slight silhouette in the background--perhaps internet sleuths can figure this out? BOOM video 11205 For Mass Effect completionists, the inclusion of an extra character and mission in the special edition nearly guarantees a purchase. We've contacted EA to find out if the publisher intends on offering the additional character as standalone DLC.

The DLC dog

James Vega

Finally, PC Gamer did a frame-by-frame analysis of the promotional video and discovered one as-of-yet unannounced character making a return for Mass Effect 3.

Jack returns

Mass Effect 3 will be available on March 6, 2012.