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June 23, 2012

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Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC Coming June 26 to North America

by Master Pillow

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.”

Quick Thoughts

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

© 2012 The Galactic Pillow

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  1. “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.”

    Pretty much this. Hey, I thought the ending was less than satisfactory, too: mostly because I found it too much of an exposition dump that still managed to have some unnecessary narrative holes that needed filling (like, is everyone really stuck on Earth post-mass relay? That sort of thing)

    But for many, the Worst Ending Ever thing has become a bit of a club, thanks to internet groupthink and all that. Dunno why people take pleasure in getting even more upset– seriously, I’ve read more than a few comments to the effect of “I didn’t really like or dislike the ending, but then I read some forum posts and know now I’m supposed to hate it.” To suddenly say “Oh hai, look, they fixed the stuff I didn’t like” would mean committing the worst of internet sins– backing down from a previously held position.

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    • Master Pillow
      Jun 24 2012

      I totally agree with your comment about this entire ME3 debacle especially the tendency to “follow the herd” even though one’s own opinion does not match what others are saying. Reviewing any form of entertainment be it video games, books, music or movies is totally subjective but as long as someone can present his/her argument and backs up his/her opinion then I have no issue with them. Heck, I don’t expect someone to read all my reviews on this blog and agree with me on 100% of them.

      Like you mentioned, the ending of ME3 is flawed in that Bioware basically has to resort to an information dump that at first glance seems to come out of the blue instead of intricately weaving all these elements about the Catalyst throughout all three games. That just wouldn’t work at all in this case because the lead writers are different yet one can still argue that the clues could have been better integrated in the third game for players to ingest before the meeting with the Catalyst.

      That’s certainly a valid argument and it makes me wonder if Bioware would have been better served to not give much exposition at all and keep the Catalyst’s motivations completely vague and mysterious. On the other hand, I have a strong feeling that if that was what occurred that just as many fans would be furious and complain that they have even less of an idea what was going on.

      It reminds me of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus in theatres now which is a film that asks a ton of existential questions yet is either incredibly vague in answering them or never bothers to answer them at all. It is no wonder that fan reaction is polarized to the extremes with some saying it is a masterpiece while others equate it to camel dung.

      Going further back in time we only need look at Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 to see another ending that is left extremely vague and up to audience interpretation. I know many people who literally shouted profanities at the ending when the space baby showed up as their initial reaction was one of pure bewilderment. Still, 2001 is now considered one of the top ten films of all time according to the British Film Institute which runs a poll of major film critics and industry veterans every decade. Certainly one can argue that there is still a major divide between what critics think of 2001 and the general public which is certainly the case for ME3 which garnered glowing professional reviews only to now hover around 5/10 for users on Metacritic.

      Regardless, what really gets my goat in this entire ME3 hullaballoo is reading comments that make me raise a Spockian eyebrow such as the many quips from irate fans who lambaste the ending for paragraphs worth of vitriol and then admit in a short line buried somewhere in their text that they only watched the end on Youtube and didn’t play the game. An extreme case of groupthink? It certainly looks that way.

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