Mass Effect 2 DLC = Free at Launch

on January 20, 2010 3:43 AM

It has been announced that Mass Effect 2 will have DLC on the same day the game is released. Want to know what’s even better than that? It will be absolutely free. That’s right, for one day only, to celebrate the release of one of the most anticipated sequels of the year, EA and Bioware will be giving away DLC to those that have the game on day one, Tuesday, January 26th. You know… the real fans. The way it will be handled will be through an in game store or portal of sorts known as “The Cerberus Network”. To access the network you will need a 1 time use code that will be included in the packaging of the game. Why would they DRM lock the store? I have no idea, however this is an interesting idea because that means the DLC will be sold in the game and not on the XBLA marketplace. Essentially their cutting out the middle man (MSoft), and if that the case, kudos to you EA and Bioware; sticking it to the man!

Here’s a quick breakdown of what exactly will be available on day one, according to the official press release.

“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.

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