The huge platform of the E3 Expo in Los Angeles is barely over but, the post show news continues to trickle out. Yesterday it was Nintendo announcing a new console and today, EA/Bioware has announced the release date for highly anticipated Mass Effect: Extended Cut DLC. The conclusion of the branching three-part RPG series was widely criticized for the nearly identical game endings. The nearly 2 gigabyte free download will be available for download in North America on June 26, 2012 for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
In an interview on the Mass Effect website Jessica Marizan Community manager sat down with Mass Effect Executive Producer Casey Hudson and Lead Writer Mac Walters to talk about the Extended Cut. Casey Hudson opened with the admission that at the end of Sheppard’s story, “a lot of people wanted more closure.”
He went on to say that many fans left with the erroneous conclusion that, “The entire galaxy was destroyed.”
Understandably from a story point of view, many fans felt that their choices throughout the three games resulted in a stark, existentialist ending. That was not the ending that writers had intended or even meant to convey. With the fans in an uproar, they felt it was their responsibility to write and provide an epilogue sequence to better communicate what the future holds for the group whom players had invested so much.
A challenge to fit in the 2GB DLC limit, the Extended Cut will expand on the endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences. It promises to provide more of the answers and players have been asking for and give a sense of what the future holds. It will also reveal greater detail on your successes and failures and may even give gamers a reason to play through the entire series again.
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