Thursday, April 5th 2012

BioWare Announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut

BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge (offer expires April 12, 2014).

"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."

The Mass Effect franchise is one of the most highly decorated series in the history of games, having earned over 250 awards from critics around the world. Mass Effect 3 launched last month to universal critical acclaim, receiving over 75 perfect scores. For more information on Mass Effect 3, please visit http://masseffect.com/, follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/masseffect or "like" the game on Facebook at http://facebook.com/masseffect.
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47 Comments on BioWare Announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut

#1
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
...this news hot on the heals of the Consumerist results. Coincidence? Likely.


robal said:
Nice! I'll check this out immediately...
...along with the rest of the game, when it's released on Steam.
That would be sometime...never. :p
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#2
marcthpro
Tough he left bioware lol the writer but yeah that a nice idea a steak in a dungeon and WRITE FASTER WRITE LOL
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#3
NC37
Perra said:
It will probably cost money after that.
So that means, either pay full price now to get it free or have to pay for it later. Yeah, that sounds like something EA would pull. Looks like I'll be waiting longer to buy ME3.
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#4
erocker
You have two years to get it for free... Even then it will most likely still be available for free.
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#5
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Because this thing is likely to be distributed on Origin, my guess is that even if you downloaded it prior to that date, you're still going to have to pay for it after that date. Say you installed it now, you could get it for free but if you installed it in May 2014, you'd have to pay. Once you pay for it in May 2014, you'd likely never have to pay for it again.

There's got to be a reason why they set the date then. My guess: Mass Effect 4. Each ME title came out about 2 years after the last.
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#6
DannibusX
The amount of butthurt over the ending of a videogame is astounding.

Why is there not an equal amount of butthurt over the ending of a nation?
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#7
Lionheart
laugh this extra ending was actually worse then the current one:laugh:
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#8
SaiZo
I always thought the "ending" was a bit strange.. But come on now, I have already payed for the game, not going to pay extra just to find out exactly what happend.
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#9
phanbuey
DannibusX said:
The amount of butthurt over the ending of a videogame is astounding.

Why is there not an equal amount of butthurt over the ending of a nation?
because things in life are not, and will never be fair or logical. ever.
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#10
techtard
To call the game art is a huge stretch. There are so many plot holes, the game is super linear, the writing isn pretty average and they ended the trilogy by throwing 5 years of plot and lore under the bus.

Then you factor in that they promised certain things in the year running up to release and then did the exact opposite. That's the reason that most fans were driven into a rage.

Personally I thought it was a decent game. But games on a whole are becoming much too casual and easy, and instead of a decent plot or good writing, game devs are adding in multiplayer.

It's nice that they are adding the extended ending for free, but you can't polish a turd. The ending will still be full-retard.
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#11
jmcslob
Spoiler Alert

Gonna try not and spoil this for anyone....
If you haven't finished the game with 3 ending choices then you need to fix what you did wrong in ME2 and go back to ME3....It makes a lot more sense with all 3 endings...specially because 2 choices represent choices already made...Shepard really only has one choice for life....That is if ME4 is gonna be possible
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#12
Halk
Bioware games are become less and less like games. They're really just grinds, there's very little skill involved, just time invested. Bioware enhance the UI of each game to the point where you realise that much of what you were doing was 'busy work', repeatedly running through the same levels, or killing the same group of bad guys. I still enjoyed Mass Effect 1 and 2 (haven't touched 3 as I'm not touching EA any more), they were very slick and I enjoyed the story.. but each time I play a Bioware game I notice that the actual gameplay is very bland, and I'm really just watching a movie (all be it one with multiple endings) that I have to put a bit of work in to see the next cutscene.

Sadly the less skill required to play a game the more popular it seems to become, people don't want games they can fail at, they want games that they will get through, bit by bit, piece by piece.

Add to that EA and Bioware were too bare faced cheeky with DLC for Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age : Origins that I vowed never to buy another Bioware game until they did a repackaged version with all DLC included... I paid full price for the deluxe edition of Mass Effect 2, and for Dragon Age : Origins, and I bought all the DLC. Yet a year later once they'd patched the bugs away they cut the price right back. It's fine for them to do it, it's their choice.. but I'm quite happy to wait 18 months and pay £20 rather than pay £80 for an overall worse experience. I don't imagine I'm alone in that either.

And to top it all off.. I could, if I wanted, spend thousands each year on games. They just don't give me the desire to do so.

I guess EA have become the equivalent of mainstream pop music. Nice and bland and inoffensive, marketed and hyped beyond reality and anyone can pick it up casually... but ultimately not deeply satisfying and no real class to it.

My only worry if that's the case is if EA borg up everything else and there's literally nothing left to compete with EA. I don't think that's going to happen. I think we just need to look at EA games as a brand we want to avoid.

It is very sad though to look at what started as Knights of the Old Republic.... Bioware decided to drop the Star Wars franchise and write their own universe, and we have Mass Effect 3... if you look back at KotoR1 you can see it's the same basic type of game, and Mass Effect 3 is certainly more polished.. but they've lost a great deal along the way.

You have to look back further to see where Dragon Age comes from... it goes way way back to Baldur's Gate... then Neverwinter Nights, and again Bioware dropped the franchise in favour of their own backstory... and again the gameplay is better in the originals, but the polish and UI is better in the later ones.
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#13
phanbuey
Halk said:
Bioware games are become less and less like games. They're really just grinds, there's very little skill involved, just time invested. .....
This.
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#15
naoan
Wow is this becoming a trend for video games? Ending as DLC?
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#16
Vincy Boy
Bioware lost me as a customer that is assured. I've bought Mass Effect 3 based
on the promised 16 different endings hoping to play it over and over making
different choices with each playthrough and getting different outcomes.
Now I can't bring myself to play it again. Is this what Bioware wanted, to
kill the replay value of the game?
I think that ending was just rushed to appease its corporate mastEArs
and get a product out. The claims of artistic integrity are baseless and
actually insulting. This is a game that has pandered to fans otherwise with
plenty oversize boobs and even something for the gay community...
artistic integrity my arse.
Bioware has been called out on their crap and all it is trying to do
now is polish its massive turd... still a turd.:shadedshu

end rant.
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#18
deathhorse
Wow, the dev team actually caring what the communinity thinks.... Hopefully we get a discount or some kind of kick back for pre-ordering a game with such a horrible ending. But in reality probably not.
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#19
WhiteLotus
SaiZo said:
I always thought the "ending" was a bit strange.. But come on now, I have already payed for the game, not going to pay extra just to find out exactly what happend.
The ending is what happened. The ending that this is has been solely done to appease the cry babies.
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#20
PopcornMachine
I think people who have followed the game from the beginning have the right to express their disappointment if the game is disappointing. And so far it is for me.

Those who are so eager to take shots at these people seem to be those who didn't like the game in the first place and are reveling in the discontent. Or, more likely, they are just motivated to be jerks.

I know that's the main focus of an internet forum for some, but I thought this place was a little better than that.
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#21
techtard
It's the internet. Most of these limp-wristed pansies who anonymously troll and rage safely behind their keyboards would never even look you in the eye if they met you somewhere in meat-space.

As a whole I liked the Mass Effect experience, it was a fun journey spanning half a decade.
But the last 20 minutes were full-retard. I wonder how they are going to explain Joker and the Normandy crew deciding to leave Earth, before Shep makes his decision regarding the Catalyst and its effect on the Galaxy.
And why Joker decided to abandon the Commander. And why they made the jump to FTL or a mass-relay jump.
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#22
Prima.Vera
So, who are the two users that will be happy to pay for the extended ending??
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