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Mass Effect 3 Getting Official Ending 'Fix' This Summer

Evidently, it's happening folks. As promised, BioWare just Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, which is actually DLC "that will expand upon the events" of the company's recently released third installment in the popular space sage. More cinematic sequences were mentioned, in addition to epilogue scenes. BioWare describes Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut as something that will "give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."

The DLC is going to be released this summer for download the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 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."

Update: Here are the official FAQs for ME3: Extended Cut.

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Reader Comments
Bubu Apr 05 2012, 10:18 am EDT
And why they didn't do all this shit before they released it? All they're doing now is implementing what they've promised.
barasawa Apr 05 2012, 10:20 am EDT
And it's going to be free, right? You know what will happen if you dangle out something in front of rabid gamers that's supposed to be a fix to a game and the real ending of the saga and expect for them to pay for it don't you? On a related note, have you ever seen a shark feeding frenzy on a wounded flipperless seal?
Vader [STAFF] Apr 05 2012, 10:34 am EDT
Apart from red, green and blue, we'll now have white, black and beige endings as well!!
LostPcGamer Apr 05 2012, 10:39 am EDT
Here I'm going to quote forbes here-

'My suggestion of free DLC as a peace offering to quell both consumer’s ire at the company’s seemingly exploitative practices, and their dissatisfaction with the ending, is to me…a worthwhile business decision. Can they offer new ending DLC for a price, and make money? Yes, but then we’ll be forced into another news cycle covering further rage as fans ask “how dare they?” Yes, they would be at fault for buying it, but to paraphrase one fan, “the ending is so unspeakably bad, I’d throw $10 at it just to make it go away.” They might make money exploiting their own mistake, but making your beloved series end on such a sour note that people will pay to make the pain go away is not a sound decision from a business or creative perspective. “Pay us to make your game suck less” is a trick that’s going to work once, and never, ever again.

What makes consumers happy is not some great mystery. DLC that adds to the game without feeling cleaved out of it. A finale that reflects the grand scale of the story being told, rather than one minute of confusion which ends a hundred hours of a rich tale. No, you’ll never satisfy everyone, but pleasing 90% of fans is better than 5%, which is certainly how it feels with Mass Effect 3 today.

For content creators and the journalists that cover them to say fans are “whining” or “entitled” is missing the point. Keeping the fans happy is what keeps them coming back to the brand. If being great once upon a time sold tickets, M. Night Shyamalan’s box office receipts might rival James Cameron‘s. But once that trust fades, it doesn’t take long to go from eager anticipation to dread, wondering how badly they’ll screw something up next. '

There see its not art,its not sacred, and it's a business. Im getting tired of the complainers and the complainers complaining about the complainers.

I do know something about Bioware lately. I always wonder how badly they’ll screw something up next. There last three offerings have soured my opinion of them.
Chunder Apr 05 2012, 10:57 am EDT
They said the endings will be the same, just extended to fill in the blanks. Which is good IMO. A game is after all a work of art. If people could simply complain about a piece of art they don't like and get it changed, we wouldn't have some of the awesome works of art up for display in museums across the world.
  RenegadeCZ: True.
RenegadeCZ Apr 05 2012, 11:02 am EDT
I think that the endings are brilliant already. But this, and for free, kudos Bioware. For listening to your fanbase and for the ability to persuade EA into not charging this DLC, for the sake of the community and your good name.
  tei187: what's brilliant about JUST an ending? because that's…
RenegadeCZ: Don't you think I know that? I am glad they'll be rel…
Vader [STAFF] Apr 05 2012, 11:44 am EDT
I'm ok with BioWare's ending, but I do understand why some people are unhappy with the how the story ends, because they are not given the freedom to create their own endings. Still, the game doesn't give you too much freedom to weave the rest of the story either. No matter what you do, the main plot will run its course.
  Sigma_100: That's just one of the problems levied against the en…
Vader: Fair enough.
MajFauxPas Apr 05 2012, 01:00 pm EDT
I want an ending that doesn't say OOPS BUDGET RAN OUT, but I have to pay for it on top of the $60 I already paid, and the money for the other two games?

How much is a movie ticket these days?
  LostPcGamer: Depends do you 3D/2D and buy the overpriced food and …
Bubu Apr 05 2012, 01:12 pm EDT
ME3 isn't a fucking work of art because of all the choices it offers. The player thus becomes "the artist" who "creates" through the choices he makes, until the end of ME3 at which point the brush is taken from him and shoved up his ass.
  Vader: Not entirely sure whether I agree, but I do like that…
Dean_Demon Apr 05 2012, 01:25 pm EDT
People are going to be even more furious now after hearing all that garb,so no new endings but more cinematics as to explain the horrible endings,i had the view that the good always prevail over the bad,everyone has been stiffed and no reason to play the single player campaign ever again,good call bioware,NOT.
Terminator Apr 05 2012, 01:55 pm EDT
I'm not holding my breath for this. Bioware will fuck this up, like they fucked the last two games up!
  Chunder: Last two??
Dean_Demon Apr 05 2012, 02:06 pm EDT
I'm not one of the me3 ending haters but did find it an anti climax as to why we would buy 3 games if it was all for nothing,hell bioware might as well mail the pope and say don't bother preaching as it won't make any difference as all life on earth and the solar system is coming to an end and knowone can save you.
Vodoo Apr 05 2012, 02:08 pm EDT
i think Yhatzee concluded best regarding what was wrong with the ending and ME3 overall.
from start to finish, the series made you a superhero with big pockets full of resources but it all came down to: and then, the world ran out of batteries. The End

i agree with his choice of how it should have ended; a successful genocide of the evolved biological species (the game did specify only the highly evolved living organisms will be destroyed) thus proving the inevitable entropy cycle in the universe.
Dean_Demon Apr 05 2012, 02:15 pm EDT
maybe the universe should have just imploded and be done with it,would have made one hell of a bang.
Cedtsmk Apr 05 2012, 05:43 pm EDT
Suprised they didn't "Hideo Kojimaed" the ending in the first place. This new sucker better be a hour long. And please, more expounding on this "space magic" and "star childs" and "how we got lazy with the endings"
Whisky Apr 06 2012, 05:16 pm EDT
I hope to be done with this freaking game before summer. It takes a long time to finish in 1 hour intervals.
ZeroWolf Apr 07 2012, 01:54 am EDT
So instead of fixing the nihilistic turdish ending, we get an extended version of it! Yay!


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