Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut set to rewrite history

If you’re still smarting over the ending to Mass Effect 3, your chance for redemption is at hand: BioWare has confirmed the Extended Cut DLC will be released – for free – starting June 26th, for PS3, PC and Xbox 360.

Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Extended Cut will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers.

Mass Effect 3 - Extended Cut

Such a handsome lineup.

It’s worth noting that the Extended Cut content “does not fundamentally change the endings” – so if you’re upset with the way things played out, you may well remain frustrated – but BioWare instead explains it aims to provide “more of the answers and closure” that gamers have clamoured for since the game’s release.

It gives a sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions made throughout the series. And it shows greater detail in the successes or failures based on how players achieved their endings.

The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut was prompted by the reactions of angry gamers, who had invested countless hours of their time into the sci-fi trilogy, making difficult choices and in-character decisions only to find that – at the end of it all – each cupcake tasted the same, with all gamers given one of three largely similar cutscenes to end the series.

The UK Ad Standards Authority recently dismissed claims that Bioware deliberately misled customers of the game, finding that “the decisions you make completely shape your experience and outcome”.

When the new content launches this week, gamers must download the update, and then start a saved game from just before the end of Mass Effect 3.

For more information (including potential spoilers about the best timing for that saved game), head to the Extended Cut FAQ which BioWare has thoughtfully provided.

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