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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Set To Appease Vexed Fans

Maybe now everyone will quiet down and we can move on.

BioWare has announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, which is a free download that will provide bitter gamers with "deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."

This expansion will be available for all three platforms (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC) and although the developer didn't get into specifics, they did say they've added "cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes," which should hopefully satisfy the annoyed fans. Said studio co-founder Ray Muzyka:

"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."

Executive producer Casey Hudson added that post-launch development initiatives for the game have been "reprioritized" as a result of this Extended Cut release. Don't worry about grabbing the expansion immediately, though; it'll be available through April 12, 2014, so if you haven't yet finished ME3, take your time.

Ideally, the fans will get what they want and this whole mess can fade away. The only problem is that we get the sneaking suspicion that this effort won't make everyone happy (how can it, really?), and the bitterness will remain for quite some time. Too bad for a fantastic franchise.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: mass effect 3, me3, bioware, mass effect 3 ending, me3 extended cut

4/5/2012 10:43:41 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (47 posts)

Ole_Gunner
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 11:05:30 AM
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Too little too late perhaps?
I only finished ME3 last weekend and knew about the outrage (which I side with but not so venomously) and I doubt there's any type of cut scene that will make up for Biowares mistakes.

As long as the choices we made in ME2 and ME1 (for the xbox lads), aren't accounted for in the final ending to ME3, we're all gonna remain pretty pissed off and rightly so

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xenris
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 1:01:29 PM

It really depends on how they do this. I have absolutely no idea what they are going to do. I'm really intrigued if the indoctrination theory is correct canon or not.

If its not, they are going to have a fun time explaining the very out of place last ten minutes of the game, and the relay explosions.

Again, I'm just really excited to see what they cook up, as they have a lot of time to make something really brilliant.

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Victor321
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 2:59:50 PM

PC Lads too :P

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WeaponKnight
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 11:47:04 AM
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Came here expecting a $15 price tag or something like that. I'm surprised.

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PoopsMcGee
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 12:11:33 PM

EA would have to be suicidal to do that...

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xenris
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 1:03:31 PM

Yeah, EAs shares have been dropping since this whole thing started actually. If they charged for this I think someone somewhere would probably be murdered, by some crazy fan.

Free is the way to go for this, and they will get more long term sales and less bioware boycotters because they are treating the consumer with respect, and honesty.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 8:28:59 PM

Honestly, I don't think EA could've done it any other way but free, especially since EA's just been voted in at Consumerist Magazine, as being the worst company in America for 2012.

EA should be getting their gold plated "Poop Award" any day now, so I'm really interested to see if they respond to it & promise to work on fixing things for the consumer, or if they'll just try to ignore it by sweeping that award under the rug.

BTW, That's really bad when you can take that dubious crown away from Bank of America.


Anyway, you can read the full article at Comsumerist Magazine, right here.....

http://con.st/10028620



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___________
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 4:56:36 AM

they already have responded to it and to be honest it was quite funny.

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Noel_Kreiss
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 12:34:53 PM
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Even after the news of the FREE DLC, comments like these: ''All we can do is hold the line and Boycott bioware games. Bioware want to protect there artist egos. Losing profit is the only way to get there attention'' are still roaming on their page. Too much.

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oldmike
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 12:47:57 PM

well it will take time for news to hit the retakers and we yet to see how it changes things

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DIsmael85
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 12:46:04 PM
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Yeah it won't satisfy everyone. Then again what can one expect from gamers this generation. I'm looking forward to seeing what this expands on as I had no issues with the game to begin with. Thank you Bioware for sticking to your guns and not completely altering your story.

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oldmike
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 12:57:52 PM

most were mad at the plot holes and the fact what you do dose not matter

IF this fixes the plot holes IE the beam me up and why joker is were he is
It will lessen my rage to bugged

Now with that out of the way will i ever buy one of there games day one
Nope after DA2 and ME3 they dont make RPGs any more
After replaying the game and seeing that what you pick as you play dose not matter in what you say in a lot of the game


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oONewcloudOo
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 1:32:20 PM
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I guess I'll get the game when this comes out

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Beamboom
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 1:50:46 PM
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A part of me feels sorry for BioWare, but another part of me can't help but feel impressed too.

Here we got a company who already has finished their game and shipped it, they have collected top reviews everywhere, excellent meta score, raked in the sales, and has finished this trilogy.

STILL now they go back to work and spend an unknown amount of time and money to create this and give it to the fans.

I've not finished ME3 yet so obviously I don't have any opinion on if this was needed or not. But they didn't *have* to do it. Most would not have bothered. But they did.
If that isn't being dedicated to their fans then nothing is. They sure deserve both the sales and the ratings. I'm proud to be a BioWare fan.


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telly
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 1:59:53 PM

Really hope the upset fans agree with you. As a fan who was not upset in the first place, I'm pretty excited! The ending was good, IMHO, but there was never a doubt in my mind epilogue-esque DLC would come. They did it in spectacular fashion for ME2, so why not for part 3 as well?

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telly
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 1:52:23 PM
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It does not bode well for BioWare that the first commenters vow this extended edition DLC will not suffice as reparations for the unholy abomination that was Mass Effect 3's ending BEFORE SEEING A SINGLE MOMENT OF IT. You complainers who wanted a new ending, at least watch the new ending BEFORE you curse BioWare AGAIN!

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pottejd
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 2:11:17 PM
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All of the conflict aside, this actually makes me kind of angry because the last chance you get to save is on the Normandy before the point of no return. This means, that to experience the extended ending, everyone has to replay the last 2-3 hours of the game. If it's actually being tailored to fit your save file, then you can't really just watch the extra endings online (like most people did for the other two endings to ME3). I'm also really worried about the precedent being set here, and what it means for future games.

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xenris
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:16:03 PM

I'm pretty sure from the info I have gathered that they are just doing an epilogue of sorts.

As for setting a precedent yeah, publishers and developers are going to be more careful when they promise certain things and market their game on those promises.

I don't think its going to cause anything crazy to happen with future games.

I'm interested to see how the kickstarter games turn out. Funded by the fans for the fans. If that works we're going to finally start seeing some really unique and interesting games. Not to mention the revival of some "dead" genres that big publishers don't want to take a chance on.

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oldmike
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 10:13:00 PM

well redone ending thing was done in fallout 3

its been what 2 years after that game and this is the 2ed time something is changeing?

what i HOPE happens is they TEST ending BEFORE the game comes out next time

(PS i dont mind sad ending i LOVED heavenly sword)

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 2:48:01 PM
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I don't approve of this at all, it just proves how pathetic fans can be and how weak Bioware are for having to put up with this. I hope this install deletes all there data...

Bitter comments aside I really feel this is a sad date for the gaming industry, as you have seen there have already been other rallys of fans gathering against developers due to this which can only lead to bad things. If this is what the gaming community consists of I personally want nothing to do with gamers. I know not all gamers are guilty but it really gives us a bad rep.

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xenris
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:11:51 PM

It's really not a sad day if you think about it. Bioware made promises up until weeks before it was released about the ending, and their product didn't deliver the ending fans were promised.

If anything it will make developers and publishers more careful and take more time with certain things, like not rushing an ending etc.

Also it shows that someone at EA or Bioware actually cares about the fans who keep them in business. I think its a great day for gaming and gamers.

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Oxvial
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 4:06:58 PM

Whaa? they are doing okay the ending remains the same. They just gonna add more closure but I'm sure people are gonna be still mad, they wanted to get a variety of endings depending on all their choices.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 7:53:10 PM

Ultimadream, I know you not played any of the Mass Effect games, so how can you be so judgmental to the fans who got disappointed with the ending? The thing is, YOU DO NOT KNOW why a lot of fans got upset. While some fans reacted in a rather immature fashion, there are still some who are rational with their opinion and do not deserve to be labeled as pathetic by you.

I am among those who wanted more closure about the series, because it really is lacking. You haven't seen the glaring plotholes in the ending, and those are enough to annoy those who invested so much time on the games. As I've said before, the games are all great. And that is why it deserves an equally good ending. Not one that is riddled with plotholes and WTF moments.

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Gamer46
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:35:25 PM
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The most shocking part of this is that it's free, I figured for sure that EA would charge for it, so that's good but I still don't think I like this. Sure, the ending to ME 3 wasn't great but it is what it is, rather than let fans dictate what happens I'd rather Bioware had just left it as is and done better with their franchise.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:41:26 PM
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Why does this feel planned to me? Regardless, I am curious to how this is going to work.

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xenris
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:45:15 PM

I have that same sneaking suspicion. But I also am just really curious how they are going to make it work.

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Mr_Sterg
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:45:18 PM
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Bioware rocks. I thought they'd charge for the dlc but for free. awesome.

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Mr_Sterg
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 3:46:30 PM
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i love Bioware. Fav dev. they rock! True fan service.

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anjpikapp3
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 5:05:01 PM
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If anyone is still upset after this...maybe they need to get out more? I mean a company going backwards just for the fans is unheard of. I am glad they (BioWare) listened to the people...but am also a bit irritated at the way the "fans" responded and will respond.

The future of gaming will change with this outcome.

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oldmike
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 10:18:08 PM

why dose everyone forget fallout 3?
most hated the ending slide show thou there was less of a outcry they changed it

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josiahlo
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 5:51:41 PM
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This bugs me because they straight up said it's going to push back other DLC that I would enjoy (I loved the shadow broker dlc from ME 2)

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oldmike
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 10:20:08 PM

well as it is now there there are a lot of players who see no point in getting DLC unless they change things
if it dose not matter why get it?

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Pandacastro
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 6:00:02 PM
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They probably announce this so there won't be a riot in there panel at pax. I hope they still make other dlc like the omega dlc and maybe have aria has a LI. I also wanted to play as a geth in mp. Heck even a batarion, hanar, or a volus with their biotic god powers and new maps.

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Fane1024
Saturday, April 07, 2012 @ 3:53:14 AM

Well, you'll get your geth and batarian (plus 2 maps) next week and for free!

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 6:08:04 PM
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I have a feeling that they are going to give us fallout style ending

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Shiva369
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 7:09:57 PM
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It's going to take more than a few cutscenes to close the plot holes that the ending as it stands has.
People saying this is bad for gaming should take heart that it could also mean that devs will also have to lift their game in the writing dept. and that the fans will take them to the cleaners if they try to get away with shoddy work.
Sure, some of the comments by fans have been frankly petulant (putting it mildly) and cynical today. It's not something I, as a big fan of Mass Effect, am proud of, let me tell you. That said, nobody is seriously expecting an ewok dance party happy time rewrite- seriously folks, sad endings are ok (Rockstar did it right), we just want a coherent end that makes f*cking sense.

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xenris
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 7:53:55 PM

Underline the making sense part :P

I remain intrigued as how they are going to patch up the mass of plot holes and incoherent nature of the last ten minutes.

I am really surprised they didn't just go with the fan made indoctrination theory. Which for a while I was convinced was how Bioware wrote it, mainly because I couldn't believe Biowares writers all had strokes for the last ten minutes and completely forget their own established lore:P

I also want to know how they are going to explain Shepards gasp after he was incinerated after the destroy ending.

I eagerly await this though as I have no idea what to expect and it has me pretty excited.

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ZettaiSeigi
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 7:55:41 PM

My point exactly.

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Shiva369
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 9:03:13 PM

I quite like Indoctrination Theory. A lot of people don't, because it seems like a cop-out for BioWare, a back door, if you like.
To me it has an elegance to it, mainly because it works. It's also great that some fans cared enough to make it at all...

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oldmike
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 10:23:58 PM

most hate the IT idea do to the fact it means the game shiped without a true ending

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xenris
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 8:08:09 AM

Yeah thats the double edged sword really. They kind of screwed themselves. If they did set the game up for the ending to be indoctrination, then shepard is out cold and the war is still going on somewhere, so we go no ending to our game.

If the ending is to be taken at face value, honestly I have no idea how anyone at Bioware wrote such nonsense.

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FxTales
Thursday, April 05, 2012 @ 8:02:32 PM
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That's a pretty big olive branch.

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PC_Max
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 12:39:10 AM
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Well, my impression is they are not changing the ending but answering questions where there are plot holes. I have not played the game yet but that would be my guess. Possibly they will leave a hit as to where the next game will be going.

They did say it was not the end of Sheppard, but that could have been referring to additional DLC for this game.

LikeI said before, wait and see what they deliver. interesting though that they are releasing something in a short amount of time post launch of the game. Maybe they had this in mind, but only they know where, what, and why.

Heres hoping MOST will be content. Keep Playing!

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___________
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 5:02:01 AM
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meh.
sorry bioware and EA but too little too late the dammage is already done!
you should of done this in the game already!
whole game stinks of severely rushed which really pisses me off!
i could understand if this was a unproven IP or something, but come on this is one of THE biggest franchises of the generation!
it was one of the most anticipated games of the year!
i really thought EA would of given bioware as much time as they wanted to perfect it, not rush it out and fix it up later.
i hope they learn their lesson from this.
moral of the story being if your going to release a broken game and fix it later dont release a game at all!
no point sleeping with your bosses wife then apologizing your still going to get fired!

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Lairfan
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 6:02:10 PM

You do realize they delayed the game's release from last fall to this year, right? Aka, EA wasn't exactly rushing it.

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Bariikade
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 12:40:48 PM
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The funny thing is this article quotes "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." Call me out if I'm wrong but I thought the whole point of Mass Effect is that its your story. You make the choices that ultimately effect the outcome of the story you crafted from the very start of the 1st game (if you played it on the xbox/pc). Yet they have to consider "artistic vision" wit hthe team that made the game, which is fair enough but there are loads of fans that feel like the end game doesn't connect with the choices they made in the first and second games. Doesn't that contradict the whole point of the game? Also the original writter of Mass Effect and co-writter of Mass Effect 2 Drew Karpyshyn didn't write Mass Effect 3. What about his artistic vision?

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rainbow4w
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 4:09:26 PM
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I don't get why everyone is complaining about the ending in ME3? I thought it was fine an made perfect sense.

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