BioWare Announces Post-Ending DLC for Mass Effect 3 [Updated!]

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BioWare Announces Post-Ending DLC for Mass Effect 3 [Updated!]

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be a free DLC pack released this summer to provide "closure" to anyone who wants it.

After weeks of heated discussion over the end of Mass Effect 3, developer BioWare has now announced that it will release an epilogue of sorts for the game in the form of a free DLC pack. Entitled Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut and set for release this summer, the pack contains "additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes" designed to bring a deeper sense of closure to any fans who want it.

"Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding," said Ray Muzyka, a BioWare co-founder, announcing the DLC. "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 in the Mass Effect universe."

"We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team," added Muzyka.

Mass Effect 3 Executive Producer Casey Hudson laid out the schedule for the upcoming DLC. "We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player," he said.

So, there you have it. We've watched on as the "Retake Mass Effect" movement appeared, debated, raised tens of thousands of dollars for gaming kids charity Child's Play, sent hundreds of cupcakes to BioWare, filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, and made a hero out of a certain (major ending spoilers under the next link - you've been warned!) Marauder. Was this kind of DLC what they were after? Is this a victory for the movement, or has BioWare forever sullied the artistic integrity of its trilogy?

Additionally, it'll be interesting to see how the DLC will manage to provide "additional closure" at the same time as staying true to the original vision of Mass Effect 3's writers. Fans satisfied with the ending are, of course, welcome to ignore the DLC. Are we in for another Dragon Age: Origins-style epilogue? Or maybe something a little more Animal House? Most importantly, will there be more romance scenes with Garrus? Oh, sweet space-Batman.

UPDATE: BioWare has uploaded an FAQ for Extended Cut, in which its writers clarify that "the extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned."

BioWare concludes the FAQ by saying, "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..."

A clarification on the clarification DLC, then. And a possible hint that BioWare likes Game of Thrones just as much as the rest of us.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be released for Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 this summer.

Source: Eurogamer

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People will still rage though. They always will. Even if this is pretty much the only way to "fix" the ending.

Moviebob won't be happy with this.

I can't be the only one who thought that.

This is the best of both worlds, Bioware get to keep their ending (which wasn't nearly as bad as everyone was making it out to be in my view)and we get decent closure on WTF happened to everyone else.

Personally I just want to know if Garrus and Tali ended up opening a bar together called the Dancing Shepard...

The first step on the road to redemption is admitting you fucked up. I kinda see this here, since it at least shows that they were listening, but I will wait and see what is covered in the extended cut before I make my final judgment.

I wonder what'll it'll be. The ending is a goddamn mess. It'll take a lot to make it actually make sense. And doesn't change the fact that Star Child basically screwed himself. You failed, you were DONE. There was nothing you could do. Then star child BRINGS YOU TO HIM, and says he failed because you're standing before him. Even though he would have not failed if he just left you to die.

Freaking stupid.

Still, some explanations for things will be nice. Like "did I just blow up the galaxy?". You know, simple things like that. I mean, in Arrival it's established blowing up a relay causes the whole system it's in to die, since the relay essentially goes supernova. Then there's the fact that the Citadel is basically one big relay, so everything around Earth, including Earth, is most certainly fucked. I think. Game never explains if this is the case, or if it's not, or how it's not if it isn't. Or anything really.

I wouldn't even call it an "ending". It was just a point where the story stopped being told.

Whatever the case, it'll be interesting to see what they eventually release. Glad it's free.

Its interesting that its free. But just adding additional scenes to an already complete game just feels tacked on.

If you wanna look at a game that retconned their ending in a good manner, look at Fallout 3. Yeah, the ending wasn't really that good - especially for the people who ignored the "you cant go back after this point" message. But for those who wanted a deeper investment, we got Broken Steel, which let us continue where we left off and gave us a much deeper ending.

They didn't say "Our bad, this sucks, have an extra cutscene". This wont pacify the people who are crying about the ending to begin with - part of the problem was the ending gave no closure because their actions had next to no effect on the ending. Unless they add a LOT of cutscenes, which I am doubtful of, people are still going to complain.

Make a DLC that expands the ending. Make it a playable scenario. That way people fine with the ending (most the people I know and myself included) can just let the series fade, and people who want more can pay the premium and get more (or wait for a GoTY Addition). Then everyones happy.

As for BioWare sullying their artistic integrity - can someone explain to me the artistic integrity that they had earned? Cause I'm pretty sure this entire game has been botched and has shown us that BioWare wanted to make this game for money more than anything. So many corners have been cut, the DLC debacle, and the ending that (while in my opinion makes sence in context of the game) was rushed and sloppy compared to the standards BioWare usually holds up to. They did not treat their game like art, lets not pretend like they earned the integrity - even with the good will the other 2 games built up.

The key term here is "free." If anything is likely to earn Bioware a modicum of credibility back, it's that they aren't charging for this.

Now let's just see how it actually turns out.

I like the "free" part...

I read Clarification in that press release. I read Artistic Vision in that press release. I am unsatisfied. But since I can't win, i'll just stop buying BW products and hound everyone to do the same. Boycotts on. Peace, i'm out

Zachary Amaranth:
Moviebob won't be happy with this.

I can't be the only one who thought that.

One of the first things I thought when I read the press release actually :P

Zachary Amaranth:
Moviebob won't be happy with this.

I can't be the only one who thought that.

I thought that as well, but at the same time I don't give a rats rotting arse what some guy who hasn't even bothered to attempt to play the games thinks either. Heck, I find his opinions on most anything game-related moot though so... who cares.

Besides, I'm sure Bioware already had this "ending DLC" started while the game itself was in development. They just didn't want to delay Mass Effect 3 to put this all in.

Ceress:
This is the best of both worlds, Bioware get to keep their ending (which wasn't nearly as bad as everyone was making it out to be in my view)and we get decent closure on WTF happened to everyone else.

Personally I just want to know if Garrus and Tali ended up opening a bar together called the Dancing Shepard...

well under the current ending they land on a uninhabited planet and die a slow painful starving death cause they cannot eat anything on it except maybe each other. Cause remember they are dextro-amino acids and cannot eat food based for levo-amino acid-based Species. Such a hopefull ending.

Here's hoping it's not as rushed as the games production.

Hmm. I wonder how many people that said "RAWR NEVER BIOWARE AGAIN" will change their tune if this free DLC pack is actually good? my answer: lots

endtherapture:
Here's hoping it's not as rushed as the games production.

Amen.

This all-but successfully proves my theory that Bioware had from the beginning intended to provide the real ending via DLC. I guess that they could still do that, and the color that they are adding here just wraps up the "non-DLC" ending better.

Or I guess it could mean that BW realized their mistake and are pulling the real ending out of the planned DLC and releasing that, then moving forward with the actual gameplay of the DLC as a separate release. That may explain Hale's interview yesterday where she says that she hasn't been contacted by Bioware yet for more content. If the "real" ending was planned DLC and Hale has already recorded it...

Either way, I'm happy. Gawd the ending drives me nuts weeks later. For clarity - I (like almost everyone else that is upset) don't want a happy-panda ending. I want an ending that makes sense (why is joker fleeing with the people I was just with, why does it look like every planet in the galaxy just got nuked, why did my team watch as a charged down the hill alone).

Zachary Amaranth:
Moviebob won't be happy with this.

I can't be the only one who thought that.

HAHAHAHA!!!

Bob is so gonna rage... and of course like every other time, most people will ignore him unless what he says is something they agree with (come on, you know its true, you're guilty of it too.*)

Anyways, im curious about how this will pan out, its good to hear they are making it free, thats one controversy im sure they dont want to have to deal with. But I would like to know just how giving the fans the closure they want... no, deserve, and keeping the artistic integrity of the original endings is going to work.

But, I see one major positive about this,

THIS MEANS NO MORE FUCKING ME3 THREADS ABOUT THE GOD DAMN ENDING!!!1!

Also, Escapist? Can you go back to the other captcha, im tired of having to type, "the all new chevy sonic" when ever I want to fucking post.

*This is not aimed solely at the person im qouting, but anyone who may read this post.

I honestly have low expectations for this, but we'll see, I doubt that this will change anything at all.

Well, I'm glad they did it. At least they listened to all the raging fans. And it's nice that it's for free. I most certainly expected them to charge for the DLC. So yay, they get to keep their "artistic" ending and fans get their desired end.
Like I said, it's not that fans didn't appreciate the end. But you were expecting a bit more from a game that embraced the multiple-stories thing and build that up for three games just to get a confusing ending that is unaffe-- Well, you know what? We've been down that road. Fans just want an better explanation. That's all. no more, no less.

I just hope they truly listened to the fans and the ending is indeed satisfying or else they're in for another flame war. You know, just give them what they want at this point, not what they need.

And yes, people will STILL complain no matter what. But hey, good attempt.

WanderingFool:
Also, Escapist? Can you go back to the other captcha, im tired of having to type, "the all new chevy sonic" when ever I want to fucking post.

YES, PLEASE! I prefer to obey Lord Inglip type dumb captcha phrases than to type dumb marketing phrases. I do not feel the need to buy a Chevy Sonic still. I doubt I will even after typing it a hundred times per day.

It'll be interesting to see what this entails or how good it actually is. Its nice that they are doing this of course, though I bet a lot of people are wondering how much of this Ending DLC was done/considered/made before the game was even out. I'm sure that'll be revealed at some point (more than likely when this DLC comes out).

I've accepted the endings as they are, but sure as hell take this DLC, especially considering its free. I mean, there's probably a bunch of different ways this is going to go, but almost all of them will hopefully result in a better ending that what we've got.

DLC huh? I guess I'll buy i-

Wait...IT'S FREE?!?!

0_0 EA? Uhh...Are you feeling alright? You're...NOT ripping the consumers off? ...Wow...Ok. That's really nice of you.

Well, props to Bioware for this! :) That's awesome of them.

Captcha: urban myth? ....LOL!

Zachary Amaranth:
Moviebob won't be happy with this.

I can't be the only one who thought that.

I can't be the only one who thinks they planed on releasing this this from the beginning.

The whole artistic proccess thing is a flawed arguement as this is a game, and the old rules don't apply to a new medium. As far as doing right by the customer goes I am impressed, i didn't think the 'real ending' DLC would be free. nice one Bioware, just hope it doesnt suck ;P

EDIT: nvm looks like they arent actually changing anything, just 'clarifying' things. Broken ending needs to be fixed not explained. Seems they didnt go through the feedback as deeply as they claim.

digital warrior:

Ceress:

Personally I just want to know if Garrus and Tali ended up opening a bar together called the Dancing Shepard...

well under the current ending they land on a uninhabited planet and die a slow painful starving death cause they cannot eat anything on it except maybe each other. Cause remember they are dextro-amino acids and cannot eat food based for levo-amino acid-based Species. Such a hopefull ending.

Well since I picked Synthesis I just assumed that because everything was part synthetic then that wouldn't be as much of a problem...somehow...I never was any good at biology.

This DLC won't fix a bloody thing, you'll see. Get ready for more ME3 outrage this summer!

But at least it's free.

As long as this is just an addition of scenes depicting what happened to everyone, more power to them.
If it actually changes the ending, no matter how I hated it, they can go screw themselves for all I care.

Yeah, this isn't going to fix anything. Essentially what they're saying is: "Clearly all of the people who are complaining are just stupid idiots who can't see our brilliant artistic GENIUS! Lets help the unwashed masses by explaining it!"

You know that saying, a joke isn't funny if you have to explain it? Same thing here. The current ending doesn't need clarification, it needs cutting. That's the only way you're going to fix the gaping plot holes. You can't introduce a Deus Ex Machina like this at the end of a series that thus far had inner consistency.

But of course, the people who are in charge of the ending are sticking to their "Artistic Integrity". The irony is all they're doing is coming off as amateurs who refuse to listen and adapt to negative criticism.

This combined with the Jen Hale article posted earlier I'm pretty sure we're in for a series of Animal House flash cards.

Which is no less than what I expected to be honest.

Anyway Bioware has their work cut out for them if they're going to beat this.

PS. If they don't play "Shout" over the ending sequence that's a deal breaker.

Scars Unseen:
The key term here is "free." If anything is likely to earn Bioware a modicum of credibility back, it's that they aren't charging for this.

Now let's just see how it actually turns out.

My guess is they planned this whole thing out but didn't expect the Horus Heresy level shitstorm they caught instead and are releasing it for free to try and save face or to keep everyone from burning down their offices.

I would normally trust them but since EA's dug their grubby hooks into them I just don't know anymore...

Oooookay...

Cautiously optimistic here. Very, very cautiously.

Could they pull this off? Dare I dream of such a thing?

They did get the "free" part right at least.

Irridium:
I wonder what'll it'll be. The ending is a goddamn mess. It'll take a lot to make it actually make sense. And doesn't change the fact that Star Child basically screwed himself. You failed, you were DONE. There was nothing you could do. Then star child BRINGS YOU TO HIM, and says he failed because you're standing before him. Even though he would have not failed if he just left you to die.

Freaking stupid.

The ending has many problems, but this is not one of them. The existence of a "synthesis" option, and the origin of the Crucible being likely the "Star Child" itself indicate that "he" expected or predicted that someone could finish the Crucible and get to choose how the cycle ends. It is important to note that the "Star Child" or whatever is not evil, and the Reaper cycle was created for a reason (a bogus reason, but still).

Aggieknight:
This all-but successfully proves my theory that Bioware had from the ending intended to provide the real ending via DLC. I guess that they could still do that, and the color that they are adding here just wraps up the "non-DLC" ending better.

Or I guess it could mean that BW realized their mistake and are pulling the real ending out of the planned DLC and releasing that, then moving forward with the actual gameplay of the DLC as a separate release. That may explain Hale's interview yesterday where she says that she hasn't been contacted by Bioware yet for more content. If the "real" ending was planned DLC and Hale has already recorded it...

Either way, I'm happy. Gawd the ending drives me nuts weeks later. For clarity - I (like almost everyone else that is upset) don't want a happy-panda ending. I want an ending that makes sense (why is joker fleeing with the people I was just with, why does it look like every planet in the galaxy just got nuked, why did my team watch as a charged down the hill alone).

oh their are lots more.
Like who originally thought of the crucible?
Did they know bout that frigging hologram kid?
How does the crucible even do what it does?
If the red ending kills me does it kill everyone With implants like biotics or just cybernetic?
Why cant I just take control of the reapers and Tell them to turn on each other can I do that?
How does the magic green space light change all life and what does this mean in the practice sense?
Why can I not argue the holograms logic when I just spent the entire game contradicting it? Hell why cant I argue with him at all?
Why does Shepard just go along with it without a fight?
Wait reapers had teleport tech is that what that beam was?
Even with the magic green space light their is still a difference between half organic and synthetic life, and if their isn't how in the name of Zeus crackling buthole did the robots spontaneously gain organic bits?
Why is this giant explosions of the mass relays different?
Seriously how did any civilization build the crucible if they didn't know about the ai in the citadel?
Why did sovereign need to unlock the citadel if this kid was controlling it anyway, couldn't he just unlock it himself?
If every reaper is a different species why do they all look alike? we've seen them try to make a reaper terminator why no others?
Why is my nose now bleeding?
WHO WROTE THIS AND WHY DID THEY THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA?

oh man i feel better now feel free to add unanswered questions to the list

(and no do not try to give an explanation yourself, the game should give me the option to find out, the writers didn't give half an ass to try and explain and they should have, your own explanations does not change the fact that the game itself has none of these answers)

"We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson-"

Credibility, GONE.

On another note, this DLC had damn well better explain how in the hell space magic managed to make its way into my Mass Effect, making the ending all the more enraging than it already was. Seriously, had they just taken the time to explain how in the fuck the Crucible works and maybe NOT cut out the vast majority of Anderson's final conversation with a Shepard that hadn't gotten involved in a romantic relationship on Hudson's whim the ending wouldn't have stung nearly as much as it did.

Casey Hudson decided to cut most of this conversation out, because he thought it would have been TOO LONG, just FYI. Really says a lot about his creative process.

This DLC had better be breathtaking if Bioware hopes to regain the fans it has lost. I'm not expecting much myself, though hopefully I'll turn out to be incorrect in my assumptions.

OFF-TOPIC: One thing I'm certain that we can all agree on, is that the melancholy piano piece that plays during the final cutscene is, in spite of the various terrible things going on in front of our very eyes, a freaking masterpiece.

EA/BioWare: We promise it won't be the same crap as original. Pay us and you will see.

I'm really curious how many more fall for their crap. What happened to "artistic integrity" Casey?

Hevva:
Additionally, it'll be interesting to see how the DLC will manage to provide "additional closure" at the same time as staying true to the original vision of Mass Effect 3's writers.

From what's been floating around out there the actual writers' had pretty much zero input on the ending. The ending was all Casey. Hopefully they will actually let the professionals handle things this time.

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