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Mass Effect 3 Rebellion Pack Revealed with Release Date


After vehemently denying that it existed, BioWare has revealed the Mass Effect 3's Rebellion DLC pack. Rumors, picked up by our own Kat Leonard, began to fly as early as last week, but the BioWare Blog has only just confirmed its release today.

Just like the Resurgence Pack of last month, the Rebellion Pack will contain new playable characters, weapons, and areas. The rumor before was of Quarian Engineer and Infiltrator, Vorcha Soldier and Sentinel, Phoenix Adept and Vanguard.

That's mostly right, though Phoenix seems to have been referring to Ex-Cerberus members. A new "Lash" attack (seen below) has been given to Vanguards, which appears to be a Biotic strike; it's not clear if this is a heavy melee or a separate ability. Ex-Cerberus Adepts use Smash and Singularity as their two primary abilities.

The Quarians, who already existed before, now have male counterparts. Unlike humans, Quarian men have different abilities than Quarian women, inclining a bit towards playing a bit like the Geth characters made available in Resurgence.

Vorcha seem to play largely the same way as they do in the single-player, with Flamer and Bloodlust being potentially analogous to stuff like flamethrower attacks and maybe Adrenaline Rush.

Here's BioWare's description of each:

Vorcha Soldier

Thanks to their unique physiology and their Bloodlust ability, the Vorcha are joining the fight and are perfectly suited for the utilitarian soldier kit.


Vorcha Sentinel

The innate aggressiveness found within the Vorcha make them shockingly durable combatants, and when coupled with their Flamer skill, the Vorcha sentinel is a force to be reckoned with.


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Male Quarian Engineer

Quarians have spent centuries at perpetual salvage and ship repair; the survival of their species depends on this technical expertise. When bringing the new Arc Grenade to the fray, the Quarians prove their prowess as effective engineers on the battlefield.


Male Quarian Infiltrator

The Male Quarian Infiltrator must actively rely on stealth while in the heat of battle, and when they make use of their Tactical Scan ability, they quickly prove their mettle while continuously dishing out the pain.


Ex-Cerberus Vanguard

When the Illusive Man turned to indoctrination in order to ensure the loyalty of his troops, many Cerberus operatives defected and joined the Alliance in order to stop the Reapers. Now that we’re on the same team, Ex-Cerberus Vanguards (along with their new Lash attack) are quickly proving their worth.


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Ex-Cerberus Adept

A result of the Illusive Man’s early experiments in enhanced human physiology, Ex-Cerberus subjects are highly skilled combat and biotics specialists. As a result, Ex-Cerberus Adepts can lay waste to the enemy with their Smash and Singularity powers.


Three new guns are available, too: the Cerberus Harrier Assault Rifle, the Reeger Carbine Shotgun, and the Krysae Sniper Rifle. The names don't really describe much, so here's BioWare's description:

Cerberus Harrier Assault Rifle – These Cerberus-modified Mattock rifles are fully automatic. Cerberus gunsmiths reined in the recoil issues, resulting in a gun that stay on target, but delivers slightly less punch per round than a standard Mattock. As such, the weapon is typically utilized by Cerberus’ elite troopers, who train constantly to make every burst count.

Reegar Carbine Shotgun – This electrical weapon improves upon the arc pistol’s design by generating a sustained current on its target. This weapon is named for the Quarian Reegar family, whose marines have served valiantly against the Geth.

Krysae Sniper Rifle – This Turian antimaterial rifle is modified to kill Reaper enemies. The Krysae’s scope uses a rangefinder that adjusts to keep the target in proper proportion to the shooter, which comes in useful when the sniper is forced into close range. Its specialized ammunition is both armor-piercing and explosive. In a desperate move, the Turians released its specifications over the extranet so that nearly anyone with a fabricator could manufacture this weapon to help the war effort.

In short, think of the Cerberus Harrier as being similar to the Locust compared to other submachine guns, and the Reeger Carbine as the Arc Pistol for shotguns. The Krysae Sniper Rifle seems to be sort of an under-hand sniper rifle.

Getting these items and characters are like getting any other item and character; once the Rebellion Pack is downloaded, players will get them randomly via the item packs in stores. If it's like the Resurgence Pack, these will generally be Rare or Ultra Rare items. Promotional packs will likely also be available out during event weekends.

Two new bases were also added: Firebase Jade, a Salarian base likely based on Sur'kesh, and Firebase Goddess, a Thessian base that will likely be based on similar segments to that mission.

As for the price... It's free. Yep, another EA-published DLC without a price tag. It's weird, but who here is complaining? This is the same as the Resurgence Pack of last month, as well as the upcoming Extended Cut single player content. If this is their way of attempting to make up for the way a lot of fans reacted to the ending... Well, keep it up.

If this sounds appealing, and if you're as into the multiplayer as I am, it does, then look forward to the release date, May 29th for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3. Unless, again, you're in Europe, in which ase you'll have to wait until May 30th to play it on PlayStation 3.


4 Comments

Oh wow, I thought it was going to cost money, and I probably would have bought it if it was like $10 because I'm really enjoying the multiplayer still. Haven't even played the single player on 3 because I'm on the last leg of ME1 and will then move on to ME2. I'm really glad to hear it's free though. I'm EXCITED for the new maps and characters!!!

I wasn't too impressed with the Batarian however, so I hope these characters are more awesome. I was expecting the net to be a real net, you know, not a teeny weeny little kleenex-sized net. The Geth characters were great though with hunter mode. Also looooooove the Asari justicar.
More Quarians! Woot Woot!
You can't knock free stuff. EA is really trying to please the disappointed fans I guess.
Ex-Cerberus Vanguard looks awesome. Yes please.

 

 

 

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