Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC Coming June 26 to North America
Oh boy, here we go again. Today, Bioware announced that the long awaited extended DLC cut of the Mass Effect 3 ending will be available for download next Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in North America. Considering the game caused such a ruckus and sent this site’s hit count soaring I have no doubt this DLC is going to have a similar effect especially since it appears as if the ending isn’t really changing but rather being expanded upon.
The actual text from the bioware forum site reads as follows:
“The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC is a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Extended Cut will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers.”
Additonally, Bioware released a mini-FAQ answering some questions on this DLC including the following:
“Does the Extended Cut change the endings?
The Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.
What is included in the Extended Cut?
The Extended Cut expands on the endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences. It provides more of the answers and closure that players have been asking for. It gives a sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions made throughout the series. And it shows greater detail in the successes or failures based on how players achieved their endings.”
It certainly seems to me as if they added a whole bunch of cutscenes to expand on the current ending and that this should probably mean the indoctrination theory is disproved. At the same time it looks like the cutscenes will be different depending on what players choose when they speak to the Catalyst. This should prove interesting.
Looking at Bioware’s site on the DLC there are a few included pictures showing the team working on the DLC as well as some clues as to what is included in next week’s package. For instance, there’s a shot of Mac Walters looking at a LCD monitor and the caption reads, “Mac Walters reviews the scene where Joker disengages the fight on Earth,” which sounds to me as if they are directly addressing one of the sore points that fans have brought up as to why/how Joker leaves Earth and somehow either goes to FTL or flies to the Charon relay.
Considering that the entire download is a big 1.9 GB in size it seems to me that there could be many different cutscenes included which should hopefully placate many of the fans which did not like the ending. As for me, readers of this blog should already be aware that I found it fine as it is so I’m just curious to see what exactly they added and more importantly, if the outraged fans will actually be appeased by what Bioware has provided.
Although I have no idea what is included in this DLC my gut tells me that those who hated the ending will probably not change their mind one bit considering the deluge of negative comments on this DLC even before it is even released. Oh well, expect an article from me regardless of the outcome.
In case no one has read this website’s view on the entire Mass Effect 3 ending controversy here are the links all the Mass Effect articles posted this year:
Editorial – Mass Effect 3: Ending Analysis
Editorial – Mass Effect Series
Editorial – The Reaper’s Advocate: A Different Take on the Mass Effect 3 Ending
Entertainment – “Reignite” Mass Effect Tribute Song
Mass Effect 3 (2012) Review
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