It looks like BioWare has given in to the unprecedented fan outcry over the ending(s) of Mass Effect 3.
This Summer, fans will be able to download the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a free DLC pack that will expand upon the game’s existing ending. Through cinematic additions to the game’s ending and epilogue, players will receive more closure and clarity regarding both their own personal journey through the game, as well as how the galaxy, as a whole, has been affected.
Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label, had this to say:
We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team. Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. 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.
Casey Hudson, Executive Producer of the Mass Effect series has added,
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.
I’m glad to see that the developers have chosen to add to their ending and not change it. I was in the camp that believed that BioWare and EA should stick to their guns and not feel obligated to alter their story’s ending simply because people’s personal expectations were not met. But as a fan of the game, I am excited at the prospect of additional content to help close out an already amazing interactive experience. To agree with Dr. Muzyka, this course of action provides a great balance of maintaining the developer’s product, as well as hearing, acknowledging, and responding to the fans’ thoughts and opinions. (But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that future DLC has been delayed as a result.)
The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for no additional charge on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC platforms this Summer.