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Mass Effect 3's free “Extended Cut” DLC to extend ending this summer

Stop the petitions and polish off your Mass Effect 3 saves. BioWare and EA have announced the arrival of free DLC that promises to bring clarity and closure for those still miffed by the trilogy's ending (or lack thereof).

Landing this summer, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will lengthen the game's final moments with new cinematics and epilogue scenes designed to give players a better understanding of ME3's ending, and a clearer idea of where the galaxy's biggest players wound up following Commander Shepard's end-game decision.

“Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding,” said BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka in today's release. “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, ME3's executive producer and one of the more vocal defenders of the game's ending (read: BioWare defends Mass Effect 3 ending, welcomes feedback for DLC), said the free DLC should satisfy players who felt ME3's raised more questions than it answered, and fell short in offering truly unique outcomes based on player decisions.

“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,” Hudson added.

The free expansion announcement comes after weeks of debate over whether BioWare should rework its ending based on community feedback, or if the studio should stick to its guns for the sake of artistic integrity. While it appears BioWare has leaned slightly toward the former, the addition of more story shouldn't bother players who were already content with the studio's first attempt. Or will it? Let us know if you'll be downloading Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, or if you'd prefer to remember the game as is.

Oh, and while you're waiting for the DLC, see if you agree with our own Mass Effect 3 ending suggestions in Mass Effect 3: Not happy with the ending? Choose one of these 20 alternative endings instead.

56 comments

  • IsaacShadow - April 10, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    Somehow I don't think this is going to "fix" anything. This is simply a massive patch. It fixes the plot-holes, but not adding endings. Bioware gave us shit and called it gormet, we sent it back, and they brought it back, but now it has SALT on it. Nothing else can be done I guess.
  • BladedFalcon - April 7, 2012 8:08 p.m.

    Well... This is pretty much what I wanted. Even if it fails to really explain or resolve most plotholes, this is definitely Bioware's way of saying "alright, fine, we skimped on the ending, here's free content to make up for it". I know a lot of angry fanboys will still manage to bitch even after this, but I'm fine with this. ...Unless the extra content turns out to be purple,yellow, orange explosions. THEN I'll...- Y'know what? if that was really the case, I'd just laugh and congratulate Bioware for the ballsy troll XD
  • soren7550 - April 7, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Can't wait! Hopefully the whole writing team will be behind this, and not just Hudson and Walters.
  • SentientSquidMachine - April 6, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    Part of me is sad about the precedence that this move has set, but as a true fan of the series I am curious to see what they come up with.
  • Personamanxx - April 6, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Groovy, If I hear anyone else bitch about the ending after this stuff is released I'll shoot myself. Bioware did not have to do anything but legions of Bitching fanboys got to them. Still Bioware will always have my respect, My fellow gamers not so much anymore. But seriously no complaining anymore, you got what you want so live with it.
  • MetaSyke - April 12, 2012 1:29 a.m.

    Except this isn't what we wanted. What we wanted was what the company promised: True, actually different endings with consequences wrought from all the choices we made through three games. We wanted to feel like what we've done meant something in the end. We wanted more than just the same ending with a different fate for Shepard and a coloured exlosion, created from a dumb Deus Ex Machina. Really, if the Crucible was merely a weapon that de-powered the Reapers as opposed to an "I win" button. ME3's ending could easily have been just as satisfying as the rest of the game. And for them to put all those (apparantly fandeduced) hints towards the Indoctrination theory (which sadly looks like it'll be "They Wasted A Perfectly Good Plot Twist") and not use it? Criminal. On the other hand, I do tip my hat to Bioware for actually giving us this free DLC that'll (hopefully) explain that ending in a manner that doesn't tear apart all the Lore that was built up over the years. They didn't have to, and yet here it is. I will download this content, and while I'll still bow my head to What Could Have Been.. I respect Bioware for sticking to their guns but giving some leniency to the faithful.
  • Zeedar - April 6, 2012 3:29 a.m.

    Of course I'll download it! Closure and context is exactly what I need. I'm glad they aren't altering the ending too much, for reasons already discussed in previos articles and the flamewars following. I'm happy with this decision.
  • WooddieBone - April 6, 2012 1:44 a.m.

    As a long time Mass Effect fan I have to say that BioWare really disappointed me with Mass Effect 3. I mean the game is IMO still one of the best games ever made but at first it was the "No holster weapon button". Then I realized that every character who died in two is replaced by some "random" specimen of its race and their deaths have no consequences at all. Then it was the horrible floor view distance and horribly long texture loading times while in planet orbit. As I play with female Shepard I was excited to hear that she gets the same amount of attention as the male in the third game. Unfortunately more attention means low resolution textures on 80% armor pieces. That 20% others are the ones that use the same model as the male armor. Then I got to the ending... Oh boy. It's not "your choices doesn't count at all" thing that enraged me the most. It was the rumor that Biowares idea of an ending was with Shepard indoctrinated and halucinating the part we see as an ending but they didn't have time to finish it. I WOULD HAVE WAITED TEN FU**ING YEARS JUST TO DRINK BEER WITH GARRUS ON TOP OF A DEAD REAPER. Then I realised that they destroyed all of the mass relays. As I have chosen Synthesis it wasn't so bad because if everyone has reaper intel in their heads and it would be easy to recreate them. BUT remember the Arrival DLC? The one where you crash the asteroid in a Mass Relay in Mass Effect 2. Yeah the beginning of the third game is the result of the huge explosion that was caused by the destruction of that Relay. Still after all of them was destroyed we are to believe that life in the galaxy has continued. HOW BIOWARE? If there was a relay in Sol System, and theare was - Goodbye Earth. And every other system containing a relay. So they COULD repair the relays, but actually they CAN'T. They're DEAD. Then we get to the Thanix Cannon. The one that shoots big ZAAAAAAP and was designed after the Sovereign's tentacle/arm guns. As I read/listened to the whole codex in all three games I heard it matched the firepower of Sovereign's guns. Great! Not just that i destroyed the Collector ship in just two ZAP's but It will be of a huge help in the third game. Actually Normandy is nowhere to be found on the battlefield. But who needs Normandy right? Turians made Thanix for their ships too. Well if they did, Thanix sure did get a lot weaker over a few months. It's not that you could ZAP the hell out of those annoying Destroyers but it would do major damage to any Sovereign class Reaper. There is a million other little reasons but I don't want to give bad impression to newcomers. Game is great! They just messed up a lot of stuff that matters to real fans.
  • daniel-scott - April 6, 2012 12:53 a.m.

    Delightful news! Glad my cup cake money wasn't wasted as it got to go to the needy and they are giving us a more in depth up date. Now I am excited, I think its time for my 2nd play through :)
  • Fiirestorm21 - April 5, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    Imagine that, just what they said they'd do in the original announcement. All that controversy for nothing.
  • forestfire55 - April 5, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    They should of did a april fools joke, they create a 3000 mb dlc file for $15 and all it had was a message from the developers giving a big "fu*k you" for all who didnt like the game for the ending...
  • lilj805 - April 6, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    i agree with you on that
  • Shanetexas - April 5, 2012 5:51 p.m.

    Hey, by the way, the dlc is free. Points for them. Don't know why they're so damn proud of "pick between blue/green/red explosions" endings. I figure they will Hideo Kojima this baby. Yes, I'm talking a hour long. Why Joker left you in battle to score. Why that Star Child happened. Why it seemed like the Universe was destroyed and the entire thing called life was shot to hell...but then the star child waved his magic space wand and everything was okey-dokey! Sheperd's dead...oh wait, a bolt of lightening struck his coffin? Could it mean....
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - April 5, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    They need to ret-con the entire space child bullcrap ending to be a dream sequence, because that's what we all want. As it stands right now, the Mass Effect series (for me) could be summarized thusly: you go on an amazing first date. Yeah, a couple things could've been better, but the experience is so good, you forget those details. Your second date goes as perfectly as you could imagine, it's the best night of your life and you want to spend the rest of your life with this woman. The third date starts like the second, but even better, because you're both comfortable with each other. As the night winds down, she invites you back to her place. Slowly, she leads you into the bedroom. You embrace, and each move in for the kiss. As your lips touch, she grabs the back of your head and forcibly vomits what feels like gallons of bile into your open mouth. You stagger back, fall over, and stare up at her with a look of horror and betrayal. "I know it's not what you expected," she says, "but you already payed for dinner, so who cares if you don't like how it all turned out." That might seem hyperbolic, but after growing to love these character and this universe so much, to have every fond memory I have of these games ruined by the worst ending in the history of ending, I simply can't abide that.
  • christian-shaffer - April 5, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    Wow...graphic. That does pretty much sum it up though.
  • MayorOfAmerica - April 5, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Seems like they will never be able to please everybody. I just hope the game can go back to being celebrated for the artistic achievement it already is :-)
  • patbateman17 - April 5, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Silly gamers, this will just add to the list of end-game credits with the names of all the people that wrote in about the ending. That's the extended cut. Bazinga!
  • Hydr0ponicK - April 5, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    I can't believe they destroyed their artistic integrity by listening to their consumers... The gaming journalists warned us, the doom of all video games is near my friends.
  • Unoriginal - April 5, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    This is not destroying integrity anymore than any other DLC as it is not changing the game but rather adding to it, just like any other DLC in existence.
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 5, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    I know it might be hard to figure out over the internet, but this is sarcasm, pure sarcasm.

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