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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC announced to offer "closure"

BioWare explains goal of new DLC, reaffirms no change to ending possibilities

After much controversy, BioWare has finally come up with a solution they believe will give gamers more depth to an ending that many felt shortchanged the franchise. The free DLC, as explained by BioWare, will "help answer some questions and give closure to this chapter of the Mass Effect story."

The outcry from fans mainly stemmed from a lack of choice, something that has been ignored in the new DLC offerings. Many felt that BioWare simply took a lazy approach to the end of the game, retconning on established dogma within the game's universe. The myriad of arguments even caused some fans to send in 200 cupcakes with three different toppings, a caricature of the way the ending cinematic played out.

This however, has done little to change BioWare's mind, who maintains that the new DLC will expand upon the ending for characters that were pivotal in the universe.

"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," said BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka.

The game's executive producer Casey Hudson chimed in as well, saying that the fan backlash caused a disruption in post-launch support. The new DLC was "reprioritized" above other planned offerings.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is scheduled for a release in summer this year for all platforms.

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Latest comments (7)

Private Industry 5 years ago
Given the time difference between the complaints and summer and dev time for content I would suspect they worked on that already before launch until it comes out end of summer?
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Paolo Giunti Localisation Project Manager, GlobaLoc GmbH5 years ago
As i mentioned in an other comment, i think they had to cut short on the ending because they run out of time. That's why it felt so rushed and poorly delivered.

If i am correct in my assumption, then it's very likely that they already have some assets for an extended and proper ending already done and ready for use.
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Alec-Ross` Bower Journalist 5 years ago
Man, I really wish they'd stop playing the " maintaining the team's artistic vision" card. It doesn't work like that. Videogames may be an artform, but it's like no artform/media that came before it.

This "extended cut" won't please everybody, but I think it's a good balance: it's free and will answer some of the fans questions.
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Private Industry 5 years ago
I dont think they had to cut short, I believe that ending was already in the document that was leaked last year.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Private on 6th April 2012 6:24pm

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Andrew Clayton QA Weapons Tester, Electronic Arts5 years ago
So the endings are the same, just longer? I'm still skeptical.
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Josh Meier5 years ago
It says in the "Final Hours of Mass Effect 3" app that they moved Martin Sheen's final recording day back to November of last year so that they could have a little extra time to finish the ending.

It was rushed because they ran out of time and now they continue to hide behind the "Artistic Integrity" shield.

I'm cautiously optimistic about the extended endings, but at the same time I know there's only so much they can do since they aren't adding any new gameplay segments.

It also throws a wrench in any complaints that the retakers could have when it comes out. If it's still terrible, they look like 'entitled whiners' because they got DLC to help with the ending for free and they're still complaining.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
I hope it doesnt suck more than the old one.
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