After weeks of complaining, Mass Effect fans are finally going to reap the fruits of their labor. BioWare, having dutifully listened to their outraged fan-base, has announced new DLC for Mass Effect 3 — and it’s free! The Extended Cut DLC will offer additional cutscenes — both in the core of the game and during the epilogue. This additional content will delve deeper into the ending, not change it.
Casey Hudson, project director for the Mass Effect series, offered the following in regards to the new DLC:
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.
No official release date has been announced, but the plan is for sometime this summer.
As a fan of the Mass Effect series who found himself underwhelmed by the third game’s ending, I’m not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I’m excited to see an ending that will [hopefully] live up to my expectations, but, on the other, I feel like this sets a bad precedent: games are a form of art and, good or bad, the ending we originally got was the ending BioWare had envisioned. Now, thanks to the internet’s sense of entitlement, artists have had to compromise that vision to suit the public’s tastes.