In the bad old days, the only way to buy DLC for Mass Effect and Dragon Age games was to buy BioWare points, which came in packs of 800 and were rarely put up for sale. Of course, the DLC wasn’t sold for 800 points and you would normally have to buy multiple packs to get everything you wanted and end up with several hundred points left just to rub in what a scam the whole thing was.
in a (n E-mail (opens in new tab) EA seems to be sending people who still have BioWare points in their account, the publisher has announced that the system is finally ending: “We’re reaching out to inform you that starting October 11, 2022, BioWare points will no longer be available will be available as a form of currency in the Origin Store. Other currencies such as crystals and platinum in other BioWare titles are unaffected.”
Some of the add-ons for classic BioWare RPGs that previously could only be purchased with BioWare points are now available for free. You can log into Origin and download DLC for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 by selecting the games in your library, clicking Additional Content, and then selecting Download Free for each game.
While the Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes all single-player DLC, if you own the original versions of Mass Effect 2 and 3, you can now grab the essential Lair of the Shadow Broker and Citadel expansion packs and the rest for zero dollars. For a guide on how to start them, here’s which Mass Effect DLC is best and the order in which to play them.
However, Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer DLC packs are not free. Over the next three months you can use up any remaining BioWare points you may have. After October 11th, they are only available with credits you earn in-game. (Or by downloading a money hack, you naughty devil.)
The email ends with the note: “Don’t worry – you still have access to all content previously purchased with BioWare points. We’re here to support you, if you have any questions about this, just contact EA Help.”
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