DLC Digest Extra: Dawnguard launches for Skyrim, extended endings released for Mass Effect 3
|26th June 2012||Matt Bailey|
Due to holiday our regular DLC Digest has been delayed with a double-bill due this Friday. However, there are two major pieces of content out for two big franchises today. The first is the "Dawnguard" expansion for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a much more comprehensive download than your regular DLC. It's named after the order of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard, but really a lot of the appeal is probably in getting to play as a "Vampire Lord", available as a transformation for those playing as a vampire already, similar to the existing werewolf transformation. Either way you'll be caught up in the return of an ancient vampire called Harkon who wants to use the Elder Scrolls to blot out the sun allowing the vampires to overwhelm Tamriel. It will open up access to Castle Vlkihar and Fort Dawnguard, and there will be new skill trees available. As part of a deal with Microsoft, the DLC is exclusive the Xbox 360 for the next 30 days, after which it will appear on both the PS3 and PC. It's currently available from the Xbox Live Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft Points, or £13.60.
The other piece of DLC is the "Extended Cut" content for Mass Effect 3, which is a response to the furore generated by the game's ending following its release in March. To calm fans EA and BioWare have put together this pack and released it for free, featuring new cinematics and epilogue scenes which should provide more clarity on what was seen previously, and hopefully demonstrate the effect your choices throughout the trilogy actually had on the events at the end - something the original endings failed to do. As a result of all the new content the download is actually just under 2GB in size. In order to experience all the new content you'll need to download the DLC and load your last autosave prior to the final mission on Earth. The DLC itself can be picked up from the Xbox Live Marketplace for 360 users and from Origin for PC players. The PS3 version isn't out in Europe yet (presumably due to localisation), and will be on the PlayStation Store on July 4th.