ME3 Extended Cut DLC Details Revealed at PAX East
A post over on Penny-Arcade recounts details from the Mass Effect panel at this past weekend’s PAX East convention. At the panel, BioWare producer Mike Gamble laid out what fans might be able to expect from the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC that was announced not too long ago in a bid to assuage the concerns of fans that are angry over the “generic” ending to the game.
According to Gamble, “To be clear, the extended cut is not a re-imagining of the ending or a new ending. We’re currently building it right now, our cinematics team is on it. Our writers are heavily involved. It’s coming together.”
Gamble elaborated on what the summer-targeted free DLC will offer to gamers:
“We want to give more closure about some of the questions you have and in general we wanted to give the players a sense of personalization with the endings. Many people mentioned that some of the choices they made in the game are not necessarily reflected in the ending scenes. We’re definitely going to focus on things like that. We want to make sure that when you see the ending of Mass Effect, you now have the information and context to be satisfied […] It’s more than just a few cinematic scenes […] We’re happy to be doing it.”
Interestingly, Gamble revealed that while, yes, much of the content that’s being released in the extended cut isn’t being made new and cut from whole cloth, the decision not to include it was one based on what they thought was their understanding of their fans:
“The dev team stands by what was released in the core product, and we’re very proud of it. It was important though for us to listen to the community, and a lot of that feedback didn’t come until the game came out. Once we were listening we decided to include the extended cut. It wasn’t in the game because we didn’t know there was such a huge demand for it, to be honest with you.”
So is BioWare simply taking orders from critical fans? No. But they are doing something for the fans in a way that will seemingly make both parties happy: BioWare gets to keep the ending they put on the end of Mass Effect 3, and fans will get more personalized content that better reflects the journeys they took with their characters. Everyone wins!