BioWare clear up the confusion following the announcement of the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC.
After a lengthy fan protest and heavy criticism from the gaming community, BioWare announced that they would be releasing a new DLC to give fans more closure after the ending of Mass Effect 3. No thanks to Chinese Whispers and rumour starters though; many fans who didn’t read the original announcement thought that BioWare would be releasing a DLC to change the ending completely.
Whilst many fans were unhappy with the ending, BioWare announced that they wouldn’t be changing it because of how people felt about the ending, but they did have something in the works in order to remedy the problem. When they announced the Extended Cut DLC, many people presumed that it would add more to the ending and make it “better”.
At last weekend’s PAX East convention, Mike Gamble, one of BioWare’s producers, reached out to an audience during his panel and told them exactly what was coming.
“To be clear, the extended cut is not a re-imagining of the ending or a new ending,
“We want to give more closure about some of the questions you have and in general we wanted to give the players a sense of personalisation with the endings. Many people mentioned that some of the choices they made in the game are not necessarily reflected in the ending scenes.
“We’re definitely going to focus on things like that. We want to make sure that when you see the ending of Mass Effect, you now have the information and context to be satisfied. It’s more than just a few cinematic scenes.”
“The dev team stands by what was released in the core product, and we’re very proud of it,” Gamble added. “It was important though for us to listen to the community, and a lot of that feedback didn’t come until the game came out.
“Once we were listening we decided to include the extended cut. It wasn’t in the game because we didn’t know there was such a huge demand for it, to be honest with you.”