Breaking: BioWare Confirms Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC

Today EA and BioWare have announced a free DLC pack coming later this summer called Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, which will give fans more closure on the trilogy’s epic storyline.

“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 press release says the storyline will now take into account changes you made to your characters from the previous games, but it sounds like this will be a dialogue and cinematic DLC pack, not an extended gameplay sequence.  Take that into consideration until we get more information.

Since I haven’t had the chance to play through the game myself yet, I’m kind of curious what the die-hard fans think of this.  Steven, that would be you.

8 thoughts on “Breaking: BioWare Confirms Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC”

  1. Sounds interesting. I will need to get to work on this trilogy as I’ve only ever played a little bit of 2 and really, really dug it.

  2. Get your butt in motion man. This is the best RPG series out there. The way the story wraps around your decisions is brilliant, and it’s make here in Canada so go Canada baby!

  3. Can’t comment on that, since I haven’t had the chance to start it yet. Going to once my course is finished in another two weeks. Just finished Resident Evil: Revelations though and wow what a kick ass game. Going to start Super Mario 3D Land next I think. I can easily play that between study sessions ;)

  4. The whole debacle about the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. Fans just took it to the extreme here. Doing charity, sending cupcakes, writing to the government, returning their copies, sending protests, calling betrayal and bad advertising from the game’s developers — crap, crap and more crap. It’s just a freakin’ videogame. You can not like the ending, you can have an opinion about it, we can discuss it and talk about it…but just move on for crying out loud! Even after BioWare addressed that they were going to offer something, I see fans doing stupid things and writing stupid stuff. You can criticize the ending all you want, but spend your free time doing something constructive, not pressure BioWare to change it with stupid rallies and movements. No matter how disappointing it is, it’s definitely not worse than a lot of movies and games with bad endings. We’ve played NES games. We’ve seen them all. I know I haven’t played it so I have no right to judge, but for crying out loud there are movements like the so-called Indoctrination Theory which explain what BioWare was going for. Most fans just didn’t think enough to have the ending fit for them in a right way. I really hope BioWare takes the fan’s theories and just put them in this extended cut and lay this thing to rest. It’s been going for far too long.

  5. Ahmed, I kind of see your point here. And I fully agree that this is Bioware’s game and they’re allowed to do whatever they want with it. They made the ending and it’s their right to do so. However, fans also have the right to either complain or dislike some choices made. I agree that in some cases, they’ve gone way too far. But Bioware did promise some very specific things…. and they didn’t deliver, not even close. Should we riot because of this? Of course not. Should we welcome it with open arms? Hell no.

    I’ll talk more about the ending in a podcast when Jarrod finally beats it in a year or two. Then I’ll go all in and mention why I didn’t like it and why it saddened me.

    This DLC thing isn’t exactly what I was hoping for as it seems to cancel the indoctrination theory and just add more closure to the existing ending. Which was more or less the problem to begin with. I do like the fact that they’re gonna try to bring some unique endings depending on the choices you made during the trilogy. I guess I’ll have to wait and see what this DLC will bring to the table.

  6. Definitely, Steven. You have every right to complain and criticize. I was never against that, especially since BioWare maybe didn’t think it through. That’s what more people should do intelligently…but fans really went above and beyond here. Spending 1000$ worth of cupcakes and sending it to Bioware is not exactly a sane move to do. This among other thing set a really bad impression in the ME community. They were always going to release DLC episodes which may hint on where they were going with the ending, even if fans didn’t do the stupid things. But I agree that ME3 should be a complete package ad it should’ve contained more explaination in the first place. Blame EA for being greedy with the DLC. Anyway, point is the over-reaction was just too much. I hated the fans for being so childish with practically rioting. Complaining and criticizing and telling BioWare how you feel is okay, but going extreme just for a videogame is just weird.

  7. I’m not sure if they we’re always gonna do this specific DLC pack simply because A: It’s free and B: It doesn’t seem to have any gameplay whatsoever.

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