BioWare plans to release two single-player DLC packs for Mass Effect 3 soon. The Leviathan Pack and Firefight Weapons Pack will extend the single-player experience and introduce new weapons, respectively.

The Firefight DLC adds two new weapons for the campaign. The Blood Pack Punisher SMG has a secondary barrel that fires armor-piercing rounds. The Adas Anti-Synthetic Assault Rifle is perfect for taking down shields and synthetics alike at medium and long range. The Firefight Pack also unlocks five multiplayer weapons (Indra Sniper Rifle, Krysae Sniper Rifle, Reegar Carbine, Harrier Assault Rifle, Geth SMG) for use in single-player. This mini-arsenal will cost you $2.

Leviathan, meanwhile, adds a new adventure. Shepard and his team must find a being rumored to be capable enough to kill Reapers. This new adventure will take players to new parts of the galaxy and provide insight into the Reapers' history. For a couple spoilers on the story, head here. The $10 DLC adds the AT-12 Raider Shotgun and M-55 Argus Assault Rifle as well.

The Firefight pack will arrive on August 7th. Leviathan's release is simply listed as "summer" for now.

There's going to be some grumbling about the fact that the multiplayer side of the game has received multiple free DLC packs while the single-player add-ons are premium. It's a pragmatic move on BioWare's part, though. Paid multiplayer DLC tends to fragment the player community, because the folks who buy a map pack would only be able to play with each other. A fragmented community leads to fewer teammates to match up with, and the longer wait times for matches lead players to hang up their guns for good. Single-player obviously doesn't have that problem so BioWare can charge whatever they please.

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