Mass Effect 3 Gets Extended Ending… But Only For Two Years?
Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be free and add extra cinematics to the ending…
It’s finally happened. As promised, BioWare will address the uproar caused by Mass Effect 3′s ending by releasing free DLC called Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, due for release this summer.
It promises ‘additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes’ and will be done ‘in a way that will feel more personalized for each player’.
One odd footnote to this. The press release sent out by EA ends with ‘OFFER EXPIRES APRIL 12, 2014′. Eh? Does that mean the DLC won’t be available to download beyond that date? Will EA slap a price on the DLC in two years? What happens if you buy Mass Effect 3 in two years (which isn’t that unreasonable, given the amount of players who have recently picked up ME2) – does that mean you’re stuck with the original ending?
It will be interesting to see how this plays out and exactly what BioWare will bring to the ending to satisfy the original complaints. Here’s the press release:
BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge*.
“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “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 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.”