BioWare: Next ME3 DLC Has “High Potential For Tears”

The still unannounced but completely known-to-be-happening next bit of Mass Effect 3 DLC is currently under production, and composer Sam Hulick is crowing about the emotional manipulation power of the music he’s writing for it.

“What I’m up to lately: working on an unannounced Mass Effect 3 DLC! More details on this coming later on,” he said on Twitter, adding that he’s “tossing in piano and muted strings for this one particular piece. High potential for tears.”

I’m guessing he means from the disappointed fans forced to accept that the ending will never make sense. Zing. But seriously, this probably means more of the sad piano music that made the incomprehensibility of Mass Effect 3 feel more touching than it actually was.

Meanwhile, details are emerging about the next DLC, verifying previous rumors. On the BioWare forums, designer Jos Hendriks confirms that the entire writing staff is back for the upcoming DLC. “It’s all hands on deck for this one,” he says. “Pretty much every ME3 DLC writer here in Edmonton is involved. (which would include both Patrick Weekes AND John Dombrow)”

Nice to know Weekes didn’t lose his job after his – yes, denied – candid comments on Penny Arcade earlier this year. Still, it’s hard to get too excited about this upcoming DLC. We already know how things turn out, so what’s the point. Also too, Omega continued the trend of stripping Mass Effect of almost everything that made the game unique.

We hold out hope nonetheless, because we’re naive like that.

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19 Comments on BioWare: Next ME3 DLC Has “High Potential For Tears”

TheDog

On December 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

The only reason for tears would be having to sit through the same old shi– again. That might be enough to do the trick.(tear that is, clear gold, texas tea.)

Slippery Unit

On December 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

Every Mass Effect 3 DLC has high potential for tears – be they tears of boredom, tears of disappointment, tears of confusion, tears of unintentional laughter, or tears of having yet more of their money spunked against the wall by an increasingly greedy and decreasingly creative development staff. The only types that won’t be shed, aside from the most easily-directed fans, will be tears of genuine sadness caused deliberately by the written content of the game.

By the way, Mass Effect is now on the PSN store. I guess they’re just running it as far into the ground as they can before even the flies won’t touch the series with a 20 mile pole.

Aedelric

On December 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

Patrick Weekes is one of the best writers at Bioware, if they fired him for his comments it really would not go down well with the fans and Bioware has had enough bad publicity recently.

Personally I wish he and the few remaining talented people at Bioware would leave for better companies. Their talents seem wasted at a developer that no longer want to make innovative RPG’s but generic action shooters.

I have not bought any of the DLC, the game ending was so bad it saps any desire to play again. This coming from someone that played Mass Effect 1 five times and Mass Effect 2 three times. The only way I could ever get the interest to play again or buy DLC is if they fix the ending.

Wesker1984

On December 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

This DLC look ambitious. Maybe they will give us what the fans want since 8 months, a modified grand final. Maybe a post-ending story after the Destroy ending. Time will tell.

Hellblazer

On December 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

@Aedelric
The endings are already fixed with the FREE extended cuts. Your comment is full of stupidity. So far all the DLC are good, not as good as part two but still very good. Omega and Leviathan are ”most have” for any TRUE Mass Effect fans like myself. This coming from someone that played Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 five times each.

You decided to move on fine, but stop ing and insulting every inch of this good-almost-well-writen game. The game was released almost 10 months ago and every time i check a news about it i always see the same babling. God, just grow up. If you do not want to pay for any new contents just dont pay for it and stop ing others.

JawaEsteban

On December 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

Breaking news….the next ME3 DLC has “high potential for not making it onto my hard drive”. Film at eleven.

Hellblazer

On December 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

@Aedelric
They endings are fixed with the FREE extended cuts. Your comment is full of stupidity. So far all the DLC are good, not as good as part two but still very good. Omega and Leviathan are ”most have” for any TRUE Mass Effect fans like myself. This coming from someone that played Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 five times each.

You decided to move on fine, but stop ing and insulting every inch of this good-almost-well-writen game. The game was released almost 10 months ago and every time i check a news about it i always see the same babling. God, just grow up. If you do not want to pay for any new contents just dont pay for it and stop ing others.

Zing 45

On December 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

If you think the extended cuts “fixed” the ending, then you really have no damn clue what you are talking about.

Underlaw

On December 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

“high potential for give me cancer!” Bioware, u are doomed!

And That's the Tooth!

On December 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hellblazer – the endings are NOT ‘fixed’ by the extended cut. In fact, in many ways the endings are made even worse by the extended cut. BioWare did the bare minimum it needed to with the DLC pack, fixing only four or five of the most blatant plotholes with histrionic non-sequitors that ironically enough opened up even more plotholes (such as how the bloody hell did Joker land the Normandy so close to the beam within seconds of receiving Shepard’s order when he was in a space battle). Nothing was fixed with the ending because the premise itself was broken. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that BioWare promised multiple diverse endings and didn’t even attempt to follow through with it.

You can delude yourself all you like that BioWare does no wrong and is still interested in what you think of it, but you certainly have no right to tell others to ‘grow up’ while whining about how they’re not 100% positive on a videogame you like. Your attitude is simply making sure that EA and BioWare will continue to do this sort of rubbish and continue to get away with it. Go and read Jim Sterling’s ‘Fanboys: Enablers of Industry Abuse’ article, it describes you absolutely perfectly. You’re an embarrassment to the business.

lee

On December 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

This one could be different. I honestly can’t see more story exept the aftermath. Knowing them though they will try to fit yet another lackluster add on thatr will do nothing but give you extra assets that will mean nothing.

TheDog

On December 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

@Aedelric
Yes, your statement is full a terrible, terrible lies. How could you slander one of the most honest and beloved companies in the whole wide universe (next to EA, that is).
@And That’s the Tooth!
Why are you trying to reason with a blind fan twinklehead? (fanboy just wasn’t good enough). I related him to a line out of the original Dragon Age Origins, when you first meet Leliana. One of the lines you could get from her was, “yes, but he would blindly follow his masters commands, no matter where they lead”. (or something like that). Point is, he’s going to blindly argue with anyone who doesn’t love the game like it does. Come heck or high water, you must love it blindly too. Any reasonable arguement will hit the great brick wall of denial. Yeah, I’ve know a few girls like that too.
Love is blind, and it’s in love with something that will only scorn it, but it wont care or most likely know the difference.
Lets just quietly morn the lost of a once great company with a moment of silence………………………… OK blastem away again all you want. Morning is over, time for dinner.

Kevin

On December 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Yeah, at this point, if you want to apply Nate Silver’s model to my gaming, there is a 97.5% chance that the latest DLC from Mass Effect 3 will not make it to my hard drive. The model has to take into account that my hard drive could be hacked, my fiancee could mistakingly buy it for me, etc.

Roy Batty

On December 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Every time I hear the piano music I think:

“It’s part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy I’m working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don’t know why.” ~ Nigel Tufnel

Gareth Woodcock

On December 6, 2012 at 3:13 am

You know what would be good? If Cliff Mansell did the music for a high-end remake of Deadly Premotion. Then his music could be used to accompany actual dramatic and emotionally-investing moments in the story, instead of being trigger-points to make you think what you’re seeing means something and feel guilty about seeing through the veil.

Ebalosus

On December 6, 2012 at 4:43 am

So…more “emotionally manipulative sad piano music”(TM)? All I can say is YEAAHHHH! That’s the kind of sh*t we live for here a Gamefront amiright?!

All kidding aside, I don’t have much hope that it’ll be substantial in the way that it needs to be to fix one of the most egregious third acts in videogame storytelling history.

But, and I’m speculating here, what if it *did* fix the ending? What would be our reactions? What would the staunch defenders of the ending say?

That, to me, would be FAR more interesting than the DLC itself

SXO

On December 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

If they fired Weekes over those comments, it would’ve damn near confirmed everything he said, and would’ve worked against Bioware. No, I think they made the right move in keeping him on, and allowing him to pretend they were not really from him.

Maay

On December 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’ll shed a tear of happiness when the game’s ending is fixed and the decisions we’ve made through the game, and the accumulated alliances with all forces of the ME universe, finally make a difference in the end. I’ve played all DLCs because I love the ME universe, but ME3 is the only game in the series that I’ve played only once, since no matter what character you play, no matter what role you choose, the ending will be the same. And that just sucks…
So yes, I’ll shed a tear if that next DLC finally solves the ending in a meaningful way, and restores the original intention of the game makers : give you the opportunity to shape your story, all the way to the end.

hemlock3630

On December 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Why?? Why must Bioware keep teasing me with DLC????

With each DLC I get my hopes up that THIS DLC will be the one to fix ME3….that THIS DLC will be the one to add in some weapon, some virus, some something that will allow Shep and crew to have the full gamut of ending possibilities, from unicorns and rainbows perfect happiness to a bleak and dark ‘you lose, all life in the universe is wiped out’….

After the burn of the Bioware response to the fan outcry regarding the ending of ME3, and the ending itself, I have kept my wallet closed…..closed, but not out of business…..with the hope that someday a DLC will come out and fix the ME3 story, and at that time my wallet would open and all DLC would be purchased…..