The much-anticipated DLC for Mass Effect 3 has arrived, and it’s free!
Bioware announce their plans about that ending in Mass Effect 3. Their answer? DLC. For free
If you didn’t like the Mass Effect 3 ending (I was pretty apathetic towards the whole thing), then pay attention. The company has announced that they are to release free DLC this Summer, and are calling it the “Extended Cut.”
Mass Effect: Extended Cut will be a collection of cinematic scenes, the press release says. The pack will come to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC for no charge.
The press release also says players will get “deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes,” presumably with unique extended endings depending on the choices players made at the end of the game. Co-founder of BioWare, Dr Ray Muzyka, said the team have “had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding
Casey Hudson, Executive Producer on the Mass Effect series, also said “we have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide fans … with even more context and clarity. From this statement, it sounds to me like they maintained their ideas with the ending but fleshed them out a little. Considering the chief complaints were that players didn’t really understand what went on, this seems like the smart thing to do. The press release goes on to say this, with the team maintaining artistic vision while providing clarity.
The press release adds that Mass Effect 3 received over 75 perfect scores. The offer expires April 12, 2014.
Many fans were left unsatisfied with the ending of Mass Effect 3, with players feeling their story arc – and ‘their Shepard’ – didn’t have a meaningful impact on the game. For a game that encourages players to invest hundreds of hours into a franchise building a character and making meaningful choices, it’s disappointing to have an ending that feels underwhelming when a galactic invasion is taking place.
Personally, my reaction was hate for BioWare. I just felt underwhelmed when I completed the game. I didn’t understand what was going on, despite everything leading up to the final moments being outstanding. If this DLC fleshes out those events with “clarity,” then I’m OK with that.