BioWare caves, plans new Mass Effect 3 ending

And – just like that – it was done. BioWare has announced a downloadable content pack designed to “expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG” Mass Effect 3, bowing to pressure from a (very) vocal minority who felt somehow cheated by the conclusion of the trilogy.

While not changing the controversial ending outright, the developers have created additional cinematic sequences and an assortment of epilogue scenes designed to provide “further clarity”.

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Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label, explains that – at least in part – the DLC pack is the result of fan protests.

We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team.

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 goodbalance 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 confirmed that unhappy audience reaction really has had an impact on the way things have turned out.

We have reprioritised 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 personalised for each player.

Whether that will mean that the cupcakes will all taste different is yet to be seen.

It’s not been revealed yet whether the additional Extended Cut DLC will be optional, to give gamers the opportunity to play the game as BioWare originally intended, or whether the additional elements will be compulsory.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is due out in the next few months as a free download for all three platforms (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC), meaning gamers don’t have to wait long for their deeper insight.

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