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Next Mass Effect 3 DLC has 'all hands on deck'

BioWare is producing at least one more Mass Effect 3 DLC pack, featuring a much larger writing staff and more returning cast members than previous expansions.

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Mass Effect 3 has already had quite a few expansions, and the most recent title, "Omega," had a sense of finality to it. But BioWare isn't quite done telling Shepard stories yet, as the company apparently has a large chunk of its writing staff hard at work on the next one.

"It's all hands on deck for this one. Pretty much every Mass Effect 3 DLC writer here in Edmonton is involved," wrote BioWare's Jos Hendriks on the official forum (via Eurogamer). "If my math skills are correct [that means] eight."

That eight-person writing team is said to include lead writer Mac Walters. The Edmonton team itself is responsible for the Mass Effect Trilogy, just released yesterday (check out Andrew's field report).

Tweets have also revealed the involvement of chief composer Sam Hulick, and the voice actors behind Joker (Seth Green) and Kaiden (Raphael Sbarge). Whatever BioWare has up its sleeve, it has a larger writing staff and returning cast than previous pieces of DLC. That could indicate a grand finale, or setting the stage for whatever is coming next to the series.

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    December 5, 2012 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Next Mass Effect 3 DLC has 'all hands on deck'.

    BioWare is producing at least one more Mass Effect 3 DLC pack, featuring a much larger writing staff and more returning cast members than previous expansions.

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      December 5, 2012 7:53 AM

      i can pretty much never start my ultimate playthrough if they keep announcing DLC. As much as I'm looking forward to it, I want it all done so I can play it again.

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        December 5, 2012 7:55 AM

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          December 5, 2012 8:11 AM

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            December 5, 2012 8:31 AM

            agree completely

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            December 5, 2012 10:32 AM

            And I think Bring Down the Sky is like $1!

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            December 5, 2012 2:56 PM

            No, not forgettable. I can't forget how fucking rage inducing that thing was. Would not recommend it on hard difficulty.

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          December 5, 2012 8:20 AM

          Pinnacle Station is only worth it because if you ace it all you get access to the vacation home and can buy uber gear for 250K credits a pop, from there you can get the best guns and armor regardless of level. its a bit of a grind though

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            December 5, 2012 1:06 PM

            Oh god that shit.

            There was one scenario that was so easy I lasted like over 35 minutes and it only ended because I got bored and gave up, and then there was one that I just could not get the top score until I started running past enemies and letting my squad kill them just to get to the last guy as fast as possible. So unbalanced.

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          December 5, 2012 12:08 PM

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        December 5, 2012 11:52 AM

        I am in the same boat. I got caught up in the multiplayer so I never knuckled down and completed the campaign. Now, I am waiting for them to finish with the DLC so I can finish the game.

        It also doesn't help that I am cheap, and I wait until the DLC goes on sale.

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      December 5, 2012 7:56 AM

      more like ass effect all hands on dick imho

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      December 5, 2012 8:02 AM

      i don't get how they keep releasing DLC - at the end of 3 everything is over and done with! Is this more of the same crap where it picks up from some save BEFORE the final battle?

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        December 5, 2012 8:09 AM

        Pretty unfortunate. I'm very done with ME3, Lev and the other DLC have not been enough to reignite my interest, unlike ME2.

        BTW, I totally do not understand how people can enjoy ME2's The Arrival. Not only was it uninteresting in terms of gameplay, the story is almost entirely ignored in ME3 except for explaining why Shepard is on Earth at the start.

        What a waste :/

        Hopefully this DLC will be awesome.

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        December 5, 2012 8:35 AM

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        December 5, 2012 9:06 AM

        yeah I love ME, but I just dont see myself going back to do this DLC...maybe one day if they release an ultra edition trilogy on steam or something I'll look into it, but i sort of doubt they ever will.

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          December 5, 2012 10:08 AM

          I agree. ME is my favourite franchise by far, but the way ME3 is setup in terms of story - I'm not interested in any DLC. And that's coming from someone who bought all the DLC for ME1 and ME2 and loved (most of) it.

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        December 5, 2012 12:10 PM

        Yeah this sort of DLC is dumb, I never want to go back after beating the game. DLC that takes place after the ending is also usually dumb. Basically DLC in a story-driven campaign always sucks.

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        December 5, 2012 1:00 PM

        Yup. poooooooooooooooooooooop.

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        December 6, 2012 11:14 AM

        I don't find it so bad as the save is always before the final missions anyway so I just went in and played the last time.

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      December 5, 2012 8:51 AM

      they should make ME 3.5 where part 1,2 are remade in the latest engine and it's just one big game (1,2,3, +DLC), i'd pay full price

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      December 5, 2012 12:14 PM

      I'm doing my first play through now and having all of this DLC hit now is pretty great. I couldn't imagine not having Javik early on. His character just seems perfect for the end of everything storyline

      I finished all of the missions on Tuchanka last night. What a great set of missions if you run them all at once. Then I did Dock 42 so I lost Mordin and Thane in about 30 minutes :(

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        December 5, 2012 1:50 PM

        Heh, I got fed up with that and actually replayed ME2 to avoid killing Mordin. No luck for Thane though..

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          December 5, 2012 2:18 PM

          You can do that?

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            December 6, 2012 3:56 AM

            Yeah, you have to replay Mordin's loyalty mission in ME2 and make sure you destroy the Genophage data instead of keeping it. I've read you also need to shoot Wrex in ME1 but as far as I remember, I didn't do that.

            Then in ME3 you have to persuade Mordin not to sacrifice himself and he'll live. You'll be attacked by a angry Krogan on the citadel though if you do this, and the outcome isn't funny.

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      December 5, 2012 2:36 PM

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        December 5, 2012 2:58 PM

        Nah, you didn't have to. With the Ending DLC the threshold is lowered significantly and you can easily make it without MP.

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