The article is in the spoilers below (I couldn't figure out how to quote in the first post so sorry for that), I've bolded important details:
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," 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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Guess the Mass Hate was Effective afterall.
I have completed it on 360 and my PS3 copy arrived today so that me sorted for the Easter weekend!
It's coming in Summer according to the article so the ending DLC probably won't keep you busy for Easter
It's nice that its being released for free, but I think what they release will really tell whether they understand there own game and keep within the game universe and all the information that has already been layed out in the whole gaming franchise as to what potentially happens at the end.
Lets just hope the DLC isn't a rush job much like the ending missions and final scenes of that actual game.
This is now down to Bioware/EA to prove they really do listen to there gamers and not there shareholders/investors. After all, without the gamers, there would be no shareholders/investors, because there would be nobody to buy there games.
This is the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig...
Bioware have missed the point of the complaints completely.
I completely agree with you. The problem is that if this DLC simply adds to the current ending and is cutscenes, it simply won't change anything. Yes, it may provide some further clarification but it cannot fix the plethora of plotholes the ending has unleashed in any reasonable way (unless they look towards Metal Gear Solid 4 for inspiration and everything is nanomachines). The only thing that could do that is a complete rewrite of the ending (from the final mission until the credits). Bioware's attempt to address the criticism by releasing this is simply to dismiss the criticism. A lack of epilogues is the least that people were complaining about and now because we will almost certainly get them the potential of them adding even more plot holes has vastly increased. If it is through that Mac Walters and Casey Hudson completed the ending themselves and never consulted the other writers then I feel bad for the people that are now tasked with slapping some sense onto the ending as, as much as I hate to admit it, the only way to salvage what we have is if they go with the
or, as mentioned a complete rewrite.
And honestly, I don't really see how Bioware can try and dare use "artistic integrity" as an excuse when they not only sell day one DLC for both an unlock code and what should be an important character and more importantly also made comments like:
“There are many different endings. We wouldn’t do it any other way. How
could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and
then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets? But I can’t
say any more than that…”
“And, to be honest, you [the fans] are crafting your Mass Effect story as
much as we are anyway.”
“There is a huge set of consequences that start stacking up as you approach the end-game. And
even in terms of the ending itself, it continues to break down to
some very large decisions. So it's not like a classic game ending
where everything is linear and you make a choice between a few things
- it really does layer in many, many different choices, up to the
final moments, where it's going to be different for everyone who
There is simply no excuse.
Bioware's attempt to address the criticism by releasing this is simply to dismiss the criticism.
It is this which really annoys me.
The "we're providing even more clarification" response basically read like everyone who criticized the endings was too simple-minded to fully appreciate what BioWare had done and so they are now going to explain it in simpler terms for us idiots.
No, we understood the ending perfectly, it just sucked.
I also agree with you completly about the 'artistic integrity' excuse:
an IGN reporter playing a character
an ending written in secret and kept hidden from the team of writers
a very last screen which tells us to buy DLC..
a known broken facial import system
day one DLC
Artistic Integrity indeed.
I don't even want to get started on the amount of nonsense they spread pre-release, although it is worth sharing this quote someone posted on BSN, taken from the ME3 issue of GameInformer:
“… part of what you’re trying to do is save the universe so you can live in it. That’s part of the promise, I think, for any great IP. It has to be a world worth saving… I think Mass Effect has that quality to it. If you get rid of the Reapers and win that, wouldn’t it be amazing to just live on the Citadel or just take a ship to Omega? That makes sense.”
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