Bioware responds to outcry, Mass Effect 3 gets free DLC


Bioware to release Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC

If you haven’t heard about the outcry, you probably haven’t bought the game. Bioware has responded with an official press release today stating that they will indeed release a free DLC dubbed Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut for their fans.

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available to all platforms this summer. As explained in their announcements on the Bioware forums and their blog, the free DLC aims to provide clarity and closure to the Mass Effect 3 endings with additional scenes added onto the current endings. Here is the FAQ from the official Bioware blog.

What can fans expect from the Extended Cut DLC?
  • For fans who want more closure in Mass Effect 3, the DLC will offer extended scenes that provide additional context and deeper insight to the conclusion of Commander Shepard’s journey.
Are there going to be more/different endings or ending DLCs in the future?
  • No. BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.
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What is BioWare adding to the ending with the Extended Cut DLC?
  • BioWare will expanding on the ending to Mass Effect 3 by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.
When will the Extended Cut DLC be available?
  • Currently the Extended Cut DLC is planned for this summer, no specific date has been announced at this point.
Why are you releasing the Extended Cut DLC?
  • Though we remain committed and are proud of the artistic choices we made in the main game, we are aware that there are some fans who would like more closure to Mass Effect 3. The goal of the DLC is not to provide a new ending to the game, rather to offer fans additional context and answers to the end of Commander Shepard’s story.
While others think that the “fans” are hampering Bioware’s artistic vision by forcing story changes to the game, their actions may regain some love from the fans on both sides of the fence. This issue may have caused some permanent damage, however. What’s your take on this?


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