Mass Effect 3 'Retaliation' DLC out next week - trailer

New multiplayer content will be free on all platforms

BioWare is to introduce a fresh race, challenge system and environmental hazards for Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component next week with a new DLC pack.

'Retaliation' will be available free of charge when it launches on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in North America on October 9 and in Europe on October 10.

Check out the full details and some screens below the trailer:

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  • New "Hazard" Versions of Existing Maps - Wage war across six maps as a regular rotation of Firebases will be introduced to different hazards and traps. Survive the onslaught of Acid, Lightening, Meltdowns, Sandstorms, Swarms and Whiteouts!
  • New Deadly Enemy Faction - Prepare to face off against the Collector Praetorian, Scion, Abomination, Trooper, and Captain. Reports have also come in that Cerberus has enlisted the Dragoon to their ranks and the Geth are deploying new Drones to the battlefield.
  • New Unlockable Weapons - The Collectors have also brought deadly new weapons to the fight: the Collector Assault Rifle, Sub-Machine Gun, and Sniper Rifle. Unlock these weapons and new equipment upgrades to build to your arsenal.
  • New Class Kits to Unlock - A host of new characters have joined the war to fight this new threat, including the Turian Havoc Soldier and Turian Ghost Infiltrator. Additional class kits will be added as the weeks progress.
  • New Powerful Upgrades - Outfit your weapons with three new ammo modifications and fortify your gear with five unique upgrades to defeat even the toughest foes.
  • New Multiplayer Challenge Feature - Think you are the best soldier in the Alliance? Make sure to track your progress in the new "Challenges" database. Complete various multiplayer assignments and feats of strength to unlock titles and banners to display in-game, and then compare your progress against your friends.

Mass Effect Collection featuring all three titles in the series will be available as a collection on PS3, PC and Xbox 360 from November. EA has confirmed Mass Effect 3 and FIFA as Wii U launch titles.