BioWare confirms Mass Effect 3 ending DLC
BioWare has bowed to player pressure and announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a free DLC pack due this summer which the studio says will provide "further clarity" for those disappointed by the game's ending.
In a press release, parent company EA says the DLC will use "additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes… [to] give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."
BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka said: "We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team. Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding.
"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: "We have reprioritised 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 personalised for each player."
A fan-organised campaign to have the ending changed, dubbed Retake Mass Effect, drew the support of thousands of players. It even raised $80,000 for Child's Play until the charity asked organisers to stop taking donations because some fans thought they were helping to fund development of a new ending.
Jennifer Hale, the voice of FemShep, told us in an interview on Tuesday that she had yet to hear from BioWare about a new ending; we assume that has since changed, or soon will.
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