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BioWare Releases Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Q&A

Posted on April 6, 2012 AT 07:10am

THE BUZZ: BioWare has revealed a few more details regarding the new Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC, that the developer announced yesterday.

The DLC will be completely free when it releases this summer for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. BioWare has said that the DLC will expand on the current ending, but there are no plans to change it in any way.

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.

EGM’s TAKE: This new DLC gives the fans what they asked for, a more rounded ending with less questions and more answers. The major complaint by players was that the ending left too much up in the air and didn’t draw the game to a real conclusion. The more extreme fans just claimed that the ending was rubbish and demanded that it be changed, but there is no chance of this happening, so they will just have to live with it. It’s good that BioWare is refusing to change the ending, it was its creative talent that made the entire trilogy, so why shouldn’t they be trusted with the ending they chose. They aren’t exactly going to risk years of work just to annoy fans.

Matthew Bennett, Associate Editor
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