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Mass Effect 3 multiplayer getting new characters, weapons, maps next Wednesday

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The so-far steady trickle of attention BioWare is giving Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode is continuing next week with its first genuine content update. The ME3 "Resurgence Pack" is free, thank goodness. Here's what's in it.

Two new maps join the mode's existing six, called Firebase Condor and Firebase Hydra.

Six new classes and races —the Asari Justicar Adept, Krogan Battlemaster Vanguard, Batarian Soldier, Batarian Sentinel, Geth Engineer and the Geth Infiltrator. These were rumored last month .

Some new consumables. Ho-hum.

  • Strength Enhancer – Applies a melee damage boost for one mission
  • Targeting VI – Applies a headshot damage bonus for one mission
  • Stabilization Module – Stabilizes weapons while firing and moving for one mission
  • Shield Power Cells – Shortens the length of time shields take to begin recharging for one mission

Three new guns : the Striker Assault Rifle, Kishock Harpoon Gun (what?) and Geth Plasma SMG.

This update is coming a month after Mass Effect's March 6 release. It's cool to see the new classes and races confirmed; I'm still waiting to build that's better than my Salarian Infiltrator (Carnifex Pistol, maxed-out Power Drain and Tactical Cloak, no points in Proximity Mine).

Evan Lahti

Evan's a hardcore FPS enthusiast who joined PC Gamer in 2008. After an era spent publishing reviews, news, and cover features, he now oversees editorial operations for PC Gamer worldwide, including setting policy, training, and editing stories written by the wider team. His most-played FPSes are CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Rainbow Six Siege, and Arma 2. His first multiplayer FPS was Quake 2, played on serial LAN in his uncle's basement, the ideal conditions for instilling a lifelong fondness for fragging. Evan also leads production of the PC Gaming Show, the annual E3 showcase event dedicated to PC gaming.