Mass Effect 3 Ending: Analyzing The Indoctrination Theory
DLC and Its Implications
There’s a larger consideration at hand, however, when it comes to believing that there might be another ending: the true “best” ending is not on the Mass Effect 3 disc. That would mean that for what is basically the first time ever, a completed video game did not feature a completed ending, and in fact it had to be downloaded later. Congratulations, you bought a game with a big chunk missing.
If you were then to be charged for that DLC, it would mean that you bought a game and had to purchase its ending separately. If you’re annoyed by Day One DLC now, then the implications of a purchaseable ending are staggering and horrifying. Imagine Day One Ending DLC.
That said, rumor has it that DLC is coming, and that it will be free (although it seems that BioWare denies this — or almost does). Free is slightly better, although in a way a DLC ending dates Mass Effect 3 and further contributes control over you and your ability to play the game to the publisher. If you thought an online code for multiplayer was annoying, imagine an online code to see the ending of the game you bought — that’s kind of what could be happening here.
Those considerations aside, we know that BioWare is bringing some kind of DLC to Mass Effect 3 in force. We also know that the dev team has been very tight-lipped about the whole situation and that somewhat cryptic statements from BioWare suggest That’s Not All She Wrote. Devs have been recommending players keep their Mass Effect 3 saves all along, and there have been lots of other tweets that could be interpreted as somewhat telling. It seems the Turian counselor has not yet dismissed the claims with his air quotes.