BREAKING: BioWare Makes Mass Effect 3 Ending Change DLC Official
[UPDATE] BioWare has posted an FAQ on its blog further explaining the DLC content, coming this summer. You can read the full list here; some of the main points are:
- “The DLC will offer extended scenes that provide additional context and deeper insight to the conclusion of Commander Shepard’s journey.”
- There will be no more/different endings.
- BioWare is “expanding on the ending to Mass Effect 3 by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences.”
- The DLC will always be free and available, even though the legalese has an expiration date on its free-ness of April 2014; it is expected sometime this summer.
Original post appears below.
After a month of increasingly vocal outcry about the ending of Mass Effect 3, BioWare has officially announced the DLC promised 2 weeks ago intended to provide ‘clarity’ and ‘closure’ to fans. Dubbed the Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, the updated ending will be available via free DLC at an unspecified date this summer.
Said Dr. Ray Muzyka: “We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team. Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.” Casey Hudson also offered comment: “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game,” he said, “in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”
Note: mild Mass Effect 3 ending spoilers below.
Fans hoping for a substantial reworking of the ending may come away disappointed from this announcement. The DLC does promise to ‘expand upon the events’ of Mass Effect 3′s conclusion, but will do so using “additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes”. That almost certainly guarantees the Star Child is here to stay. That said, ‘additional cinematic sequences’ could mean a reworking of the post-decision cinematics that essentially imply a similarly grim fate for the galaxy regardless of your choices. They could, after all, still preserve their artistic integrity while not dooming all of your friends to starvation. However, the ‘epilogue scenes’ part is, to my mind, the key take away. That strongly implies there will actually be something for players to do after they choose one of the three different colored explosions. And let’s be honest: I don’t think anyone expected this to be free; BioWare deserves a sincere slow-clap for that.
This is of course vague enough to mean whatever one wants, but it’s interesting how definitive this is. Naturally, they had to tout those ‘over 75 perfect scores’ in the press release (see below), but we suspect news like this matters just as much. This move wasn’t inevitable, but it had to happen in order to save the legacy of the series. So it looks like Jennifer Hale will soon be reporting for duty after all. In the meantime, as BioWare figures out precisely how to get this right, we have a few ideas they should consider.
The complete release is as follows:
BioWare Announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
Free* DLC Pack to Provide Additional Cinematic Scenes to the Ending of Mass Effect 3 this Summer
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge*.
“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team”
“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.”
Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series added, “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”
The Mass Effect franchise is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 250 awards from critics around the world. Mass Effect 3 launched last month to universal critical acclaim, receiving over 75 perfect scores. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit http://masseffect.com, follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/masseffect or “like” the game on Facebook at http://facebook.com/masseffect. Press assets for Mass Effect 3 are available at www.info.ea.com.
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