Looks Like More Mass Effect 2 Is Coming With 'Arrival'

Plans for even more downloadable content for Mass Effect 2 is hardly surprising, given BioWare's extended post-launch support for the role-playing game. Somewhat surprising is how we've learned about Arrival, via a patch for the PlayStation 3 version.

Kotaku reader Vamplosion spotted something strange after updating his copy of Mass Effect 2: three new PlayStation Trophies for the Arrival DLC, so far unannounced by BioWare and publisher EA. Here are the descriptions of those achievements, which may contain spoilers. Beware!

The Ultimate Sacrifice
Complete the Arrival DLC

Last Stand
Survive all five waves in the battle for Object Rho

Covert Action
Rescuee Dr. Amanda Kenson without attracting hostile attention.

Members of the official Mass Effect forums are speculating that a recent update to the game's Cerberus Network news feed may hint at the content of Arrival. Here is the update from January 24.

Historians and astronomers alike are abuzz tonight over a new paper published by Dr. Amanda Kenson of the University of Arcturus. Her team claims that by testing the dust trapped in the gravity wells around a mass relay, and comparing its composition to that of dust clouds in the same system, scientists can create a timeline of when the relay passed through the dust. Her conclusion? "Only a small fraction of the mass effect relays date back 50,000 years," she writes, "The majority are far older, indicating they were created by a species predating even the Protheans." Dr. Aurana T'Meles of the University of Serrice met the information with skepticism: "While Dr. Kenson's methods appear sound, the asari tried a similar procedure centuries ago and discounted it. What civilization could have spanned the galaxy for not thousands, but millions of years? If this were the case, we should have found mountains of evidence of their passing. Where is this species now?"

Is BioWare building bridges for the arrival of Mass Effect 3 later this year? We await the official announcement...

Thanks for the heads up, Vamplosion!

What is Arrival? (New DLC Leak?) [BioWare Social Network]