Mass Effect 2 was awarded Best Game at the BAFTA Videogame Awards on Wednesday, and rightly so, in my humble opinion. It's a fantastic game of truly epic proportions, and I can't wait for the final chapter later this year. In the meantime, Bioware is bridging the gap between Mass Effect 2 and 3 with a chunk of DLC titled Arrival. Rumored for months, now we finally have a release date and some tantalizing info to sink our teeth into.
Arrival is due at the end of the month on March 29th, with Commander Shepard and the remnants of his crew voyaging to the edge of the galaxy to recover an operative who possesses vital knowledge pertaining to the imminent Reaper invasion. Intended to whet our appetites and - hopefully - give us an idea on just what direction Mass Effect 3 is taking, Arrival is probably the last piece of DLC we'll see for ME2 before the third game hits later this year.
And Bioware is pretty chuffed with it all. “All year, we have been extremely honored and humbled by the reception we have received for Mass Effect 2 from players around the world, including our post-release DLC," enthused Casey Hudson, executive producer of the Mass Effect franchise, "Mass Effect: Arrival is an exciting extension to Mass Effect 2 and will show players just how close the Reapers are to returning and completing their deadly harvest".
Arrival has a lot to live up to in the DLC stakes, what with Overlord and Shadow Broker demonstrating just how seriously Bioware takes its post-release content. It'll cost you 560 MS Points on LIVE, or $6.99 on the Playstation Network, and includes three brand new Achievements or Trophies for fans to add to their collection. [The Gamers Hub]