Mass Effect: the extended cut drops next week
Bioware’s conclusion to Commander Shepard’s ever popular trilogy was hugely controversial for many. The hotly-anticipated game went with an ending, which left many gamers feeling left out in the cold with unanswered questions or at the very least, just plain confused. Bioware subsequently received a lot of feedback and criticism. So much so in fact, that due to this large amount of criticism, Bioware chose to respond in a big way. For the first time in history (at least to my 23 years worth of knowledge) Bioware decided to re-write the ending, or at least expand on it.
This announcement of free DLC to expand upon the ending all went quiet, not a peep was heard. Until now.
Yes thats right we finally have a release date. You can all breathe a sigh of relief, as you no longer have to bounce around theories of indoctrination or squint extra hard to see more in the dark shades hidden in the final ending video.
On Tuesday June 26th Mass Effect 3 the extended cut will be live and free to download!
At 1.9GB Mass Effect’s official site explains:
“This will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3 through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, it will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers.”
Bioware hasn’t revealed much information about what exactly we can expect from this DLC, except to say it will include:
“Additional scenes and epilogue sequences. It provides more of the answers and closure that players have been asking for. It gives a sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions made throughout the series. And it shows greater detail in the successes or failures based on how players achieved their endings.”
BioWare carries on to explain that the extended cut is:
“An expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3” however “does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.”
So if your one of those players that truly hated the ending maybe this isn’t exactly the answer you were looking for, but such a significant add-on for free can’t be sniffed at. Bioware are doing their best to please the masses, while retaining their creative control. One piece of advice they have given in preparation for the Extended Cut is:
“Load a save game from before the [final Cerberus mission of the game] and play through to the end of the game. The actual content of the Extended Cut will differ, depending on choices made throughout the Mass Effect series, so multiple playthroughs with a variety of different decisions will be required to experience the variety of possibilities offered by the new content.”
A date in the diary for most gamers I would imagine – June 26th. Will you be firing up Mass Effect one more time?