After Mass Effect 3 was released, and players starting reaching the end of the game, some complained about how the story concluded. This wasn’t the nice, neat little wrap-up the hardcore fans wanted for the trilogy.
In order to appease this small subset of Mass Effect 3 players, BioWare and EA announced they would be releasing an extended version of the ending as free DLC. That ‘Extended Cut’ is set to arrive this week.
The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3. 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. The Extended Cut will be available to download at no additional charge on June 26th on Xbox 360 and PC and PlayStation 3.
Crucially this is an extended version of the ending that was bitched about on the Internet, not a completely different ending. So it will likely leave some of the unhappy gamers still unhappy.
The point that some of us made at the time of the original controversy was that this is BioWare’s game to do what it wants with. Players are passive consumers and shouldn’t have any say in the game-making process. Still, those who want the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be able to download it on PS3, Xbox 360, or PC from Jun 26.