BREAKING: Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Launches June 26

Mark your calendars everyone; today contains either great news, or an ominous portent for the future of a once great studio; after 2 months of lots of speculation for everyone, the salvation, or destruction of the Mass Effect series is finally upon us. BioWare today issued the surprise announcement that The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will become available on June 26, just 4 days from today.

The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut was created in response to the massive outpouring of dissatisfaction over the shoddy quality of the ending of Mass Effect 3. It will add “additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes” to expand on the confusing mishmash that left thousands of fans disgruntled, and caused an unprecedented rift in a gaming community.

Whether or not this fixes the problems remains to be seen; 2 months is not a long time to create content that actually addresses the problems people have articulated, again and again. BioWare’s initial comments on The Extended Cut have not filled naysayers with hope. Will the series be saved from ruin? Will the hole BioWare dug for themselves get deeper? We’ll all find out together at midnight on Tuesday when it becomes available for download. Game Front will be all over this, so stay tuned for our ongoing coverage.

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13 Comments on BREAKING: Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Launches June 26


On June 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

I’m excited and terrified at the same time!


On June 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

I’m willing to bet it still sucks.

Sucks enough to stop me enjoying the adventures me and my epic team have in the multiplayer? Probably not.

But will it be awesome enough to put bioware titles back on my ‘will immediately per-order a collectors edition on announcement’ list? Probably not.


On June 22, 2012 at 11:07 am

BioWare: Explaining why you took a dump in my living room doesn’t excuse the fact that you took a dump in my living room in the first place.

I am now much less likely to invite you over to my house again, for fear of the same thing happening.


On June 22, 2012 at 11:27 am

I’m excited to see what corners they cut on DA3 that end up turning a game full of potential into a $60 DLC advertisement. At least it won’t be map recycling this time!

For reals though, after the immediate disgust reflex over the ending, I’ve come to the realization that there’s no redeeming ME3 short of remaking the entire game with an apology over doing such a piss poor job the first time around. Aside from a handful of genuinely touching and well crafted scenes, ME3 plays more like a crappy expansion to ME2 than a standalone game, and manages to ignore or trivialize the promise of the first to games with more missed opportunities than I can count. Space combat? Side missions? Divergent storylines based on choices from 1/2? Developing themes raised in previous games? From being Return of the Jedi to a two hour toy advert a la Phantom Menace. Roffle buy more multiplayer booster packs, children.

Might as well rename the studio to ShovelWare.


On June 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

My hopes are high. I just hope that my hopes are not crushed, set on fire, and put out by Casey Hudson’s urine.


On June 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm


You know the worst thing, I despise the multiplayer booster pack IAP, or at least the grind to make you purchase them quicker. It’s like iOS freemium multiplayer. But at work, Nokia basically rocked up in a dump truck, unloaded 6000 free Microsoft points on me…

To my never ending shame, I spent about half of them on veteran packs.

I’m part of the problem.


On June 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks but no thanks from me. I’ll watch it on youtube to see what it’s all about. I haven’t played ME3 since my first and only playthrough and plan on staying away until there’s some highly regarded single player DLC. While I definitely had no love for the ending, it wasn’t the issue that I found game breaking. The fact that my single player campaign ending is reliant on a modifier increased through the separate co-op game really left me resenting BioWare.

So until there is DLC that introduces enough war assets into the single player game that allow a player to unlock the “best” possible ending within their single player campaign, this isn’t a game I’ll be revisiting. It’s really a shame, considering how many times I played through ME and ME2.


On June 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I was pretty excited at the announcement, then over the course of an hour, I began to remember why I was so disappointed about ME3 in the first place…. I seriously only think of Mass Effect 1 and 2 when someone mentions Mass Effect… I forget about most of ME3. I think of the good parts of ME3… like Tuchanka… the beginning… Mars…. some dialogue scenes, romances…. then I remember the end… and the star child… I wish they would’ve gotten rid of that thing… I now realize that’s the only real reason I hate the ending… but overall, I’m still hopeful they did something big to this to fix it. But that’s all I can be… Hopeful. And scared. It’s like I’m waiting to be told whether my friend is going to live or die in a week’s time… but… I guess less serious, huh? haha


On June 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Honestly, the fact that they already have it done… in June… And not July or August… that’s one thing that scares me… More time for them to fix more things would’ve given me more hope…. I’d have given them a whole ‘nother year if that’d fix the ending and given you a chance to get rid of the star child… Oh well, I’ll wait to judge completely until I see the EC.


On June 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Some of the screenshots I’ve seen have me concerned since it looks like some of the explanations aren’t helpful. Instead of having to assume something stupid happened, we’ll see it happen.


On June 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm


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On June 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

people actual care about this?


On June 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm


I choked on my beer while reading this. Comment of the month.

@ R.J.


Also, anyone see Evangelion? Remember how people were upset over the middle finger of an ending it had? Remember how the director said he didn’t understand the complaints and they were gonna release new ending content for the movie? Remember how the ending to the movies were now two middle fingers?

Learn from the past.