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Back in March, Bioware released Mass Effect 3 to high critical praise, but the endings were a source of much controversy among fans. After weeks of fans expressing their dissatisfaction with the endings, Bioware announced that they would be releasing a DLC that would add more context and closure to the game’s final moments.
The Extended Cut DLC will release Tuesday for the 360, PS3, and PC. The Extended Cut wont be an actual new ending, but rather an extension of the original endings that offers more of an explanation and more closure for fans of the series.
It may be hard to believe but the multiple debates surrounding Mass Effect 3 are still continuing on all over the place. While the arguments have certainly cooled off a bit – especially in the wake of promised end-game DLC free of charge – it hasn’t stopped many figures and groups from weighing in on the issue. Stepping up to the plate this time is the Better Business Bureau – an organization committed to ensuring fair and ethical business practices, resolving disputes between consumers and businesses, and in general making sure that everything goes well (for both parties) between those that make the product and those that use it…
The Mass Effect 3 “Resurgence Pack,” the first tasting of multiplayer DLC for the game, is set to drop in North America on April 10 and in Europe on April 11, for the price of nothing. While BioWare and EA have received reactionary responses involving the words “Multiplayer” and “DLC,” perhaps this pack, including two new maps, and a selection of new characters, weapons and items, will be met with approval.
Specifically, the two maps included will be Condor, a warzone outpost, and Hydra, an abandoned quarian colony. The new unlockable characters include Batarian Soldier and Batarian Sentinel, Geth Engineer and Geth Infiltrator, a Krogan Battlemaster Vanguard and an Asari Justicar Adept. Along with those additions are also weapons, most of which you can get a peak of below in the trailer.
EA announced this morning that a free “Extended Cut” DLC will be released for Mass Effect 3 sometime this summer. Here is what Bioware co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka had to say:
“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.”
Apparently the free DLC will expand on the outcomes of the endings with new cinematics to provide players with more closure to their playthroughs. The “Extended Cut” DLC will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC later this summer.
Famitsu has revealed that Japanese gamers will be able to purchase Mass Effect costume DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2. The outfits will be available for PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 27 and they will be priced at ¥300 and 240MSP respectively. There is no word on a official North American release date, but we will keep you posted if new information becomes available.
Here’s a screenshot of Serah and Noel sporting the N7 armor from the Mass Effect series:
Update: Square Enix has officially confirmed that this DLC will make its way to North America.
Source: Famitsu, Adriasang
After only two weeks of flame wars and internet noise BioWare’s Dr. Ray Muzyka has released a statement regarding the very likely scenario that the developer will give fans what they’ve been clamoring for: a new ending.
This surprising bit of news comes only a week after director and executive producer of Mass Effect 3 Casey Hudson told Digital Trends that the ending was sufficient, protesting gamers were off-base, and the game wasn’t going to be changed anytime soon.
You can read the full statement after the break but the gist of it seems to point to the very probable result that Mass Effect 3 will be getting some kind of DLC in the near future either better explaining or fixing the game’s ending. However one does have to wonder what sparked the developer’s 180-degree turn in regards to protesting gamers? Is it possible that this was the plan all along? Make the ending of the game controversial and then pawn off a chunk of end-game DLC under the guise of it being incredibly important? Will more controversy be on the way if BioWare announces this DLC alongside a $10+ price tag? The truth is out there…we’ll have to wait and see…
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Role Playing, Shooter
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: March 6, 2012
ESRB: M – Mature
There was a lot of weight on the shoulders of Bioware when developing Mass Effect 3. They had to follow up on the near perfect Mass Effect 2, and end the trilogy by doing justice to the beloved characters and story. Mass Effect 3 is a worthy closing to the series, but often times it feels like it is living in the shadow of Mass Effect 2. This is ultimately where many of the games issues come from. While there are some subtle changes that make Mass Effect 3 play better as a game, it struggles to match the previous games as far as story and characters go.
If you’re anything like me you’ve been glued to either your TV screen or monitor over the last week dumping an ungodly amount of time each day into the newly released Mass Effect 3. However if you’ve pulled yourself away for a few fleeting moments or have already completed the game you might be surprised to find something spilling out over the internet other than critical acclaim for the closing chapter of the Shepard trilogy. No, I’m not talking about the continuing debate and flame war covering the From Ashes day-one DLC or the still glowing embers surrounding the PC version’s ties to EA’s Origin program but rather the growing number of gamers who are calling for BioWare to completely change the end of the game…
Lest you’ve been holed up in a cave for the last few days you no doubt have heard about the new controversy spilling out over the internet revolving around BioWare’s upcoming Mass Effect 3. Specifically, gamers are livid in light of the news that the sci-fi RPG will be getting From Ashes, a purchasable DLC pack, alongside the main game on release day (March 6th). Originally planned as being only available to those that ordered the Collector’s Edition, From Ashes contains a new squad member from the previously thought extinct Prothean race.
Day one DLC, and the still present argument against it, is nothing new in the industry but this particular one seems to have hit quite the nerve with gamers – many claiming that this content was knowingly removed from the main game in order to squeeze out even more money from eager fans. Countless people spanning thousands of forums and websites have been continuously arguing over the subject with plenty of accusations and threats being thrown at BioWare and EA ranging from promises to cancel pre-orders, admissions of the intent to pirate the game, and some have even sworn to shut down their Star Wars: The Old Republic accounts in protest.
Well gamers I have something to say, and you’re not going to like it: you’re idiots…