Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Free DLC Announced
Will BioWare change the ending to Mass Effect 3? No. Will they address the ending with “additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes”? Yes, yes they will.
Today, the EA-owned developer announced the Extended Cut DLC, a free add-on that will give fans “further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3” and “deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes.” The DLC will be released sometime this summer and will be available for free—until April 2014 (two years from now, for those who are bad at math), at which point the free offer will expire. So if you plan on picking up a used copy of ME3 make sure you do it before then.
Said BioWare cofounder and general manager Ray Muzyka on the DLC in the press release published today:
“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by [Mass Effect Executive Producer] Casey Hudson and team. 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.
“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.”
So, does this still technically count as a “victory” for the Retake Mass Effect movement? I mean, it’s pretty clear at this point that BioWare isn’t doing anything they wouldn’t have done anyway…just doing it earlier than they’d planned. Though maybe the DLC was planned to be paid, and now it’s free. So in that way, maybe the fan movement managed to at least save everyone a few bucks.
Anyway, is this still even a thing? Have people moved on to hating Assassin’s Creed III or BioShock Infinite or something? I can’t keep up with all the hate.