'Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut' DLC Announced (for free!)

11:54 am - 04/05/2012
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An official press release went out today announcing how we are re-prioritizing the Mass Effect 3 post release content schedule to provide a more fleshed out experience for our fans. For many of you the “Extended Cut” will help answer some questions and give closure to this chapter of the Mass Effect story. Oh and it’s at no cost to you – the fan.

Here is a mini FAQ to help you understand what the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is and isn’t:
What can fans expect from the Extended Cut DLC?



For fans who want more closure in Mass Effect 3, the DLC will offer extended scenes that provide additional context and deeper insight to the conclusion of Commander Shepard’s journey.

Are there going to be more/different endings or ending DLCs in the future?

No. BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.

What is BioWare adding to the ending with the Extended Cut DLC?

BioWare will expanding on the ending to Mass Effect 3 by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.

When will the Extended Cut DLC be available?

Currently the Extended Cut DLC is planned for this summer, no specific date has been announced at this point.

Why are you releasing the Extended Cut DLC?

Though we remain committed and are proud of the artistic choices we made in the main game, we are aware that there are some fans who would like more closure to Mass Effect 3. The goal of the DLC is not to provide a new ending to the game, rather to offer fans additional context and answers to the end of Commander Shepard’s story.

So there you have it. Are we proud of the game we made and the team that made it? Hell yes. Are we going to change the ending of the game? No. Do we appreciate the passion and listen to the feedback delivered to us by our fans? Very much so and we are responding.

Summer is coming…

Sauce

I guess I need to see what they have planned before I can pass judgment, but my fingers are still crossed that it turns out ok. What do all of you think?
downy_fae 5th-Apr-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm going to wait before I pass judgment, but... you know, I really don't think the endings can get any worse. And I'm all for free content (and I'm hoping the cut Anderson dialogue will somehow fit into there but if not that's okay, too).

Anyway, I'll wait and see but I'm going to stay optimistic because at least they're doing something.
kyuusei 5th-Apr-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they're not CHANGING the ending, just clarifying it. Of course, who knows if the clarification will make it all that much better, but I think it'd be awfully weak to have outright changed the ending due to excessively whiny fans.

I don't like the original endings either, but making sense out of them is all I ever wanted anyway.
woodwind 5th-Apr-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
but no further ending DLC is planned

no front butt i guess.
charliedanger 5th-Apr-2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Damn. Having Shepard not noticing his/her front butt through the course of two games would have been less of a plot hole than the ones they gave us. Also hilarious. :D
voyevoda 5th-Apr-2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
BioWare will expanding on the ending to Mass Effect 3 by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.

Considering Jenn Hale and (assumedly) Mark Meer haven't been approached about any further vocal work at this point, I'm guessing we'll get generic narrator if they want to add any more new info, and mostly just more cutscenes with sound effects or cut dialogue. Perhaps a motion comic or slideshow.

Which...yeah. If they'd get rid of Starchild and tweak the actual endings a bit, I think they'd be fine. But they're clinging to the Starchild concept like it's the Mona Lisa of Bioware. And I get not giving up on what you created or admitting it's bad (bad for business), but how could all the writers think that was a good choice? As if.

I never expected them to remake the ending, honestly, and I don't really know anymore what would salvage it for me. I think I'm just done release-day purchasing Bioware games. Next time I'm going to give it a month. =\
snorlaxation 5th-Apr-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
I've never made it a secret about liking the ending and I'm glad that Bioware is sticking by the ending that they had made.

I hope that the extended ending has more Miranda footage though D: I really want closure to my ME 2 love interest.
kaelstra 5th-Apr-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's the ending itself that bothers folks, it's the fact that there was really no choice and it was all generally an illusion, and that all the endings were largely exactly the same that is pissing most people off.
voyevoda 5th-Apr-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Illusion...? How do you figure?

I think what bothers most people overall is the plot black holes. Go with that ending if you feel it's right, Bioware, but seriously, ANSWER your plotholes, because without that much needed explanation the game is a depressing mess. Why would I ever bother to do a completionist playthrough again, when everything is pointless and doesn't matter and no matter how many hours you put in, it's all the same depressing result?
woodwind 5th-Apr-2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
when everything is pointless and doesn't matter and no matter how many hours you put in, it's all the same depressing result

if that doesn't sum up life i don't know what does.
redknightalex 6th-Apr-2012 12:51 am (UTC)
+1

Thank you for someone remembering that life always ends the same. And, yeah, it is depressing.
redknightalex 6th-Apr-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
I've never made it a secret about liking the ending and I'm glad that Bioware is sticking by the ending that they had made.

I'm with you on this. I liked the ending, had even come to terms with some of the more annoying plot holes, but then this announcement and the whole community where up in arms.

I know I may sound like a pundit but I think that the creative vision BioWare had for the end is what should stay because they were the creators of it. Let them have their vision and we can have their games, even if you may want to cut out the last ten minutes. Journey > Destination
lovedforaday 5th-Apr-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I don't want them to change the ending, but I do think some clarification is very much needed.
allthemoves 6th-Apr-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
I've bounced back and forth between disliking the ending, and liking it. I think what gets me is all the plot-holes left wide open. I wasn't expecting a happy, tears-streaming-down-my-face-i'm-so-happy ending, but what we got just felt so....empty. I'm glad they're at least going to expand on everything hopefully.
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