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The BioWare Drop Zone Charity Auction starts today; it's their way of lending aide to the Edmonton Easter Seal’s Drop Zone fundraiser, in which participants dress up as super heroes and descend down the surface of a local, 28 story tall hotel to raise money for people with disabilities.

To that end, they're putting up various goods on eBay, collectables that should water the mouths of hardcore BioWare fans. Including opies of games, comics, and art books. Most are limited edition and all are autographed by the developers. Yet the most interesting prize of them all is the voice of Commander Shepard.

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By Joseph Leray

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When I first logged into “Mass Effect 3”’s multiplayer last spring, I did so with one specific purpose: to play enough to up my Galactic Readiness rating to 100% before finally squaring off against the Reapers. Zoe, my Asari adept, hadn’t stepped foot back onto Firebase White in over a year, but the news that “Reckoning” would be the last piece of multiplayer DLC for the game lured me back.

The first character I unlocked in “Reckoning” was the Talon Mercenary Engineer. All “Mass Effect 3” multiplayer characters have a melee attack, and most of them are omni-blade strikes. The Talon Merc, however, has an omni-bow. I’ve written briefly about my love affair with videogame bows-and-arrows, so the Talon seemed like a good fit.

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By Joseph Leray

BioWare has released a trailer for “Mass Effect 3: Reckoning,” the team’s final piece of free multiplayer content. In a livestream playthrough of the DLC, BioWare also detailed the updated characters, weapons, and gear being added.
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By Joseph Leray

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BioWare and Electronic Arts have announced the final batches of downloadable content for “Mass Effect 3”: “Citadel” is a single-player campaign expansion, while “Reckoning” is a multiplayer pack containing new weapons, maps, and skins.

Like all multiplayer updates so far, “Reckoning” will be free, but “Citadel” will run to the tune of $14.99, or 1200 Microsoft Points on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Neither the press release or official statements on the game’s forums mention the Wii U version of the game, which launched with some DLC, but not “Leviathan” or “Omega.”
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This anime take on Commander Shephard from the figure and statue makers at Kotobukiya is ready for action in their latest production update.

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By Joseph Leray

For “Mass Effect” obsessives like myself, the most recent of the sci-fi series’ numerous dust-ups has been what to call the next installment. “To call the next game ‘Mass Effect 4’ or ‘ME4’ is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here,” Chris Priestly, BioWare’s community manager, explained on their forums.

“We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game,” he continued. “I see people saying ‘Well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending.’ No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know.”

Yannick Roy, the head of the BioWare Montreal studio working on the ambiguously-named title, later dropped in to clarify his colleague’s somewhat testy assertions: “Thinking of the next ‘Mass Effect’ game as ‘Mass Effect 4’ would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games.”
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By Joseph Leray

“Mass Effect” producer Michael Gamble tweeted this picture out yesterday, noting that this “does not look like a guy you’d want to mess with.”

This mecha-krogan -- which, by the by, should totally become part of the “Warhammer 40,000” universe -- is presumably a teaser for the third piece of campaign DLC for “Mass Effect 3,” following up the less than stellar “Leviathan” and “Omega” expansions to last year’s space-opera. Eurogamer notes that our hammer-toting Krogan is smashing up the Firebase Jade multiplayer map. It’s likely that we’ll see more multiplayer updates before too long, but it might also suggest that the upcoming campaign DLC might take us to some of Cerberus’ more remote bases.

Executive Producer Casey Hudson also sent out a teaser, noting that the casino scene -- and you can just see Shepard and Wrex leaning on a rail -- “would be a good place for some R & R.”
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I'm Commander Shepard and this joke has certainly run its course by now. Anyways.... cuddle up with the galactic saviour with these squeezable, huggable plushies! DeviantArtist, eitanya, has stitched together a vertible squad of cutties from BioWare's Mass Effect series! You can even purchase a few from her account with prices ranging from around 90 to 120 space bucks.Check out more images after the jump.
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By Joseph Leray

Yesterday, the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 hit store shelves as a launch title for the new console. Mass Effect fans hoped that downloadable content available for other platforms would be available on the Wii U eShop, but the series' official Twitter feed has confirmed that this isn't the case.

When asked about Mass Effect 3: Omega -- a downloadable campaign that centers around liberating the seedy, crime-ridden spacestation from the terrorist group Cerberus -- the official account replied, "Unfortunately, it will not be available for Wii U." A later tweet kept the possibility open, however, telling fans to "never say never," in regards to future announcements.

The Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 does come with some DLC, however: From Ashes (which includes an extra Prothean party member), the Extended Cut ending, and three multiplayer expansions (Resurgence, Rebellion, and Earth) were bundled with the game.

Eurogamer is also reporting that Leviathan, the first Mass Effect 3 DLC campaign, will not be included in the Wii U version of the game. Leviathan was released earlier this year to somewhat middling reviews. Our own Charles Webb called it "a minor side story that doesn't really do much to enrich the already expansive universe of the game."

[@MassEffect via Eurogamer]

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You've got to appreciate BioWare's post-launch support for Mass Effect 3, at least for the multiplayer portion. I still frequently pop in the disc and pick up a few rounds to satiate my ME fix. Although the single-player DLC has been a little underwhelming, there's been tons of free content to keep co-op fans engaged.

 This time the Collectors throw their hat back into the ring to challenge for galactic dominance. Along with the latest threat you'll also get a few new items and special, alternate version of the all the maps. Details after the break.

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