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Mass Effect 2 DLC Plans Revealed. Second Hand Buyers Have To Stump Up.

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Bioware has finally taken the lid off of it’s DLC plans for the forthcoming Mass Effect 2.

Rather than delivery of the DLC through the traditional route of Sony/Microsoft’s established infrastructures, Bioware have created their own DLC platform known as the ‘Cerebus Network’.

The Cerebus Network will be free with each copy of the game that is bought, retail or digital. Here’s the kicker however; with each new copy of the game a *single* use code is supplied to activate the Cerebus Network for free and tie it up to an existing EA Online account. This essentially means that folks who buy it second hand, will have to stump up an unknown amount of additional funds to ‘purchase’ the DLC platform separately.

Wowzers, so people now have to pay for the thing which only *allows* you to get the DLC in the first place, and that’s before you actually start paying for the DLC itself. Ouch.

On the flipside however, the first two DLC packs which will be released will both be free.

The first DLC pack will come with a whole new set of missions and will also include extra in-game items, as well as a new party member that can be recruited into Shepard’s crew known as Zaeed.

The second DLC pack, which is expected to become available shortly after launch, will include a new in-game vehicle known only as the Hammerhead. The pack again also includes new missions and in-game items, which include the Cerberus armour and nasty sounding M-22 Eviscerator Shotgun.

The official press release can be seen below:

BIOWARE UNVEILS ‘THE CERBERUS NETWORK’ – AN IN-GAME PIPELINE FOR DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT IN MASS EFFECT 2
On January 26 Mass Effect 2 Players Can Download Exciting Bonus Content

Edmonton, Alberta (January 19, 2010) – BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today revealed ‘The Cerberus Network’, an in-game portal in Mass Effect 2 that will keep fans engaged with the rich and dynamic Mass Effect universe through downloadable content (DLC) and news. ‘The Cerberus Network’ is activated exclusively by original purchasers of Mass Effect 2 through a single-use unlock code that comes included in retail and digital versions of the game worldwide. ‘The Cerberus Network’ is a conduit for players to receive bonus content as well as daily messages and news on upcoming releases for Mass Effect 2 for no extra charge. For players who do not buy the game new, ‘The Cerberus Network’ can be unlocked through a one-time, in-game purchase of a new activation code*.

Mass Effect 2 is the first blockbuster video game release of 2010, having recently been named as one of the “Most Anticipated Games of the Year” by the New York Times, IGN and Wired.
“The Cerberus Network augments and extends the rich universe of Mass Effect 2,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder, BioWare and Group General Manager of the RPG/MMO Group of EA. “We’re thrilled to be able to reward loyal BioWare and Mass Effect fans with ongoing, high quality content and provide a direct channel for our players to dive deeper into the intriguing lore of Mass Effect.”

Players who access ‘The Cerberus Network’ will receive the first DLC pack on January 26th (launch day in North America) featuring new missions and in-game items. Included in this pack is a mission that introduces Zaeed, a rugged and deadly gun-for-hire who is recruited to join Commander Shepard’s mission to save mankind.

After launch, BioWare will release another DLC pack for Mass Effect 2 that introduces the Hammerhead, a new vehicle in the Mass Effect universe. This agile hover tank features improved handling on rough terrain and maneuvers deftly in combat — a necessity for players traveling across harsh planetary environments throughout the galaxy. In addition to this new vehicle, BioWare will release new missions and unique in-game items, including Cerberus Assault Armor which boost shields, health and heavy weapon ammo and the M-22 Eviscerator Shotgun.

The Mass Effect trilogy is an epic science fiction adventure set in a vast universe filled with dangerous alien life and mysterious, uncharted planets. In Mass Effect 2, players will step into the role of the heroic Commander Shepard, commanding a crew of the most dangerous operatives from across the galaxy on a mission so challenging that it’s potentially suicidal. Featuring intense shooter action, a rich futuristic storyline, stunning space exploration and emotionally engaging characters, the game delivers an unparalleled cinematic experience.

Mass Effect 2 is scheduled for release on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC on January 26, 2010 in North America and January 29, 2010 in Europe and has been rated ‘M’ for Mature by the ESRB and ‘18+’ by PEGI (please visit http://www.esrb.org and http://www.pegi.eu for more information on ratings). For more news from the development team, please follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/masseffect2 or visit the game’s official website at http://masseffect.bioware.com/.

* Activation is tied to a specific EA Online account and is non-transferable.

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Written by bitsnark

January 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

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