So it seems BioWare has "caved" and that all the "righteous" fans demanding retribution because a piece of art they willingly consumed didn't meet their impossible standards have "won." However, that's not exactly the case.
Yes, BioWare has
announced today that they will release a free (that's right, free) "extended cut" of Mass Effect 3
's now infamous ending. However, word choice is very important here, and BioWare say they are only providing "additional" cinematic and epilogue scenes that give deeper insights into the game's ending. The words "change" or "different" are nowhere to be found.
Regular readers might be aware that I have some strong feelings
on this particular issue, and some of you might even be sitting there smugly assuming that I have, in some way shape or form, been defeated or proved wrong, but I disagree. I'm all for extended scenes, deleted scenes, and director's cuts of films and TV shows (and probably even books if that ever happened) and, to me, this is no different than a movie getting a director's cut or alternate ending.
The new content is set to hit this summer. Hopefully that means closer to June than September. For full details, follow the jump.
BIOWARE ANNOUNCES MASS EFFECT 3: EXTENDED CUT
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 5, 2012
Free* DLC Pack to Provide Additional Cinematic Scenes to the
Ending of Mass Effect 3 this Summer
– 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.”
The Mass Effect franchise is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 250 awards from critics around the world. Mass Effect 3 launched last month to universal critical acclaim, receiving over 75 perfect scores. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit http://masseffect.com
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