Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut hits next week

BioWare confirms June 26 launch for release of additional endgame content for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions of sci-fi RPG.

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Mass Effect 3 fans hoping for resolution on the game's resolution won't have to wait much longer. BioWare today announced that Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut would be released for free on June 26.

Mass Effect 3's Extended Cut is almost here.

Set for release as a free downloadable content pack, the Extended Cut will add more cutscenes and content to the game's epilogue. BioWare has said the additional scenes will "include deeper insight to Commander Shepard's journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers."

According to a FAQ on BioWare's official site, "The Extended Cut expands on the endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences. It provides more of the answers and closure that players have been asking for. It gives a sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions made throughout the series. And it shows greater detail in the successes or failures based on how players achieved their endings."

After Mass Effect 3's March debut, some fans vocally expressed their distaste for the endgame, saying the conclusion (which was capped off by one of three largely similar cutscenes) did not sufficiently reflect player choices made over the course of the trilogy. For more on Mass Effect 3, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

1115 comments
colossi_killer
colossi_killer

I won't lie, I bitched about the original 'ending' along with everyone else, but may I just say THANK YOU. Lucky I had a 'restart mission' right at the end of the game; got to see what my choice looked like and watched the rest on Youtube. I was pleasantly surprised and very excited. All I really wanted was some [relevant] explanation and not for certain things to blow up. As far as I'm concerned, it's fixed and completes my favorite series on an appropriately epic note. ^_^

Jato_81
Jato_81

Got my RR back to 100% so I could start the last mission again to see the new Synthesis ending.. It was good, but then I still like the original too as I used my "Imagination" as to what would of happened after. And it wasn't far off. The rest I just watched on here. 

Homeless-_-
Homeless-_-

Watched the videos on youtube, well I guess they improved the endings, they were fine, too bad they didn't release them when they were supposed to.  Now it all feels unnatural and forced and I just don't care anymore.

HUxDarthRevan
HUxDarthRevan

I haven't even beaten the game lol. I'm like halfway through it doing some n7 missions. I don't even know if it's worth playing through. The game just doesn't feel like an actual rpg or mass effect game. Excluding the ending the game just feels so rushed and not very fun to play. Too much auto dialogue, meh cameos of squad from the 2nd game, fetch quests, etc. Oh well Mass Effect 1 will always remain one of my favorite rpgs along with the kotor games.

Roby_Oprea
Roby_Oprea

They said that it will be available today on Origin for the PC...no EC there yet... :|

mude
mude

No release yet, for scandinavia either. The waiting is so excruciating.

samedizombie
samedizombie

Well, I'm not sure what's going on but it's 5:03pm here in the UK and no sign of it.

Lei_11
Lei_11

Marauder Shields is still my hero and is likely to remain just that

FloVixen
FloVixen

i have just looked on ME3 website and it says that the DLC comes out on the 4 of july in Europe.... not happy. this article is very misleading.

FloVixen
FloVixen

erm... were the hells this DLC?

jthotty
jthotty

bout time BIOWARE! *Slaps the Game Designer* Now go make me a sandwich as I watch the ending again.

niklev83
niklev83

Too late or not, its the 26th here in Miami already.... Where is the update? ;)

simon1812
simon1812

I see rage-storm forming in the horizon. hope everybody remembered to stop at the market for canned food and water bottles.

Kai0nTheMoon
Kai0nTheMoon

Hey Shepard, We just got word that regardless of who you recruited, saved, let die, killed, or double crossed makes no difference to anything at all. Intel is limited at the moment, but what we do know is that that annoying Joker guy is looking at some plants. We'll have some new intel coming in this Tuesday, but I won't lie to you - it doesn't sound very promising at all.Hackett out 

The-Big-Dirty
The-Big-Dirty

To me the game was no ALL about player choice, the main drawcard for me was a credible story that didn't stink of cliches and dudes with big chins. The player choice part was a big bonus! Really though, if you only played without either doing a second playthrough (which I am sure a good 80-90% of the whingers didn't) or without reading everyone else cry about on internet forums (which I'm sure 80-90% of people did do) you wouldn't have any goddamn idea whether your choices meant anything or not.

 

If the game presents a strong experience why go back and cry about what could've been? In the real world those people are commonly known as dreamers....

mos2000
mos2000

The problem with (and the lesson that should have been learned from ME2 for christ sakes....) is that the story telling component transitioned from being a vital focus of the game's presentation, to simply a means to introduce varying gameplay experiences to players.  Look at the series: from ME1 to 2 the game transitioned from an RPG to action elements, to the complete reverse.  By 3 the game is pure action, with slight RPG elements. Things like story endings and "finallys" were being thrown out the door... and it should have been more than evident.

 

On top of that, once 2 was going through it's motions; and there were Mass Effect books, comics and everything Star Warsish was released, it was no wonder the end of ME3 would leave a quazillion questions to be answered.  This game merely served as a catalyst into the ME world. 

 

With these very two clear distinctions between what was occurring in reality, and what so many disgruntled people expected, I don't see why there was a need to even add additional endings.  I can sympathize with those that may believe that the story presentation went from intriguing to disappointing - however to want  a whole new ending is pointless.  If you don't like how someone presents a story, you don't ask them to "try it again" LMAO!.  You just say "that sucks I'm not buying that @#$% any more" Halfway through 2, I knew how the series was changing.  I knew what to expect. Therefore, I got 3 only expecting a good action game. Anything additional was just "a side show"

sieg6529
sieg6529

If it gives some decent closure to the story, I'll buy ME3 right away.  From Amazon, of course.  Origin is the plague. 

LittleChatelain
LittleChatelain

Everyone is so cynical. Bioware gives the people what they ask for... Something many developers would not even consider doing after launch, but even then people still say it will suck and that it isn't worth the time or memory on their hard drives.. before they have even touched it! Give Bioware a chance, they went out of their way to lend more closure to their story and please their fans. 

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Sorry, EA, I don't care anymore.

rasputin177
rasputin177

People just want to bitch. Mass Effect 3 was a quaility game I don't care what anyone says.

 

 

 

 

crazyintheface
crazyintheface

Too late for me. I trade games in as soon as I finish them. I don't replay games.

BimoPradana
BimoPradana

it is too late... but everyone will still downloading it anyway LOL

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

I just hope this ending involves Xzibit in some way

alenth
alenth

Funny how the same guys talking crap about EA and BW in the other article are here showing their interest.

dcbatlle
dcbatlle

Too late, nobody cares.  Lipstick on a pig.

WarpedCore
WarpedCore

I was just saddened by the overall feeling that the game was rushed. They could have done so much more and made a 4th game. A two-parter, if you will, to finish the fate of Shepard and his friends. I just felt so much closer to my crew mates in 2 that I did in 3, not to mention that the story in 2 was way more fleshed out.

Leejjohno
Leejjohno

I doubt that they could add anything to the endings to improve them. It's nice that they are trying but short of being rewritten and half of the cast being asked to come back to record alternate and improved scenes, I am positive nobody will be pleased.

 

Nice that they have taken notice at least.

isshiah
isshiah

 @samedizombie it's wednesday morning here and i just downloaded it.  damn time differences and so forth....

tgwenz
tgwenz

Its out in Eu for the 360. PS3 will have to wait till next week @FloVixen

FloVixen
FloVixen

it only come out on the 26th for north america. just thought id let you know. 

cdog21
cdog21

 @mos2000 

 

True, but you could not really have been expecting the clusterf**k that was the ending for ME3.

Hreath
Hreath

 @sieg6529 Wise choice as i know Amazon offer refund for gamers who want to return ME 3.

 

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @sieg6529 Yeah, Origin is indeed a plague.

 

It reminds me of TV movie once, set in the American South during the slavery era. There was this young girl who keeps bullying and making fun of a black boy who is the son of the slaves at his house. One day, she and the boy fell down together. The girl saw blood on her clothes and screamed because she thought she was bleeding. But she wasn't, it was the boy's blood. She doesn't believe him at all, because the blood was red and the girl was taught that black people did not have human blood so she ran into the house saying the boy hurt her.

Colekern
Colekern

 @sieg6529 You have to have origin to play it. Sorry, looks like you just got the plague.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

 @LittleChatelain

Bioware didn't give what the fans asked for, because if they did then there wouldn't have been a really crappy ending to ME3 in the first place.

I am or was giving Bioware a chance, but I wanted a whole different ending not just more cutscenes and crap that this Extended Cut will consist of.

Hreath
Hreath

 @rasputin177 Sad that you can't see overall picture, friend. But who can blame you because this is what Bioware want from you.

sieg6529
sieg6529

 @rasputin177 Quality is very subjective.  ME3's ending was low quality, even if the rest was high quality. 

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

@WarpedCore Yes. It took two full games to get to the epic battle with the reapers and it was over in one game? The most destructive force in the galaxy gets defeated in a couple weeks? It just felt too short.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

 @Leejjohno For those who already know the ending... it can only get better, if only slightly! Whoa, so many plotholes though I can't wait to see their attempt at patching that. No doubt rewritting would have been easier.

samedizombie
samedizombie

 @FloVixen Yes, just noticed that too, as you say it's misleading and confusing as it says:

"The Extended Cut will release on June 26th on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 in North America and July 4th for PlayStation 3 in Europe."

 

 

sieg6529
sieg6529

 @Colekern If that's the case, I'll do without.  Origin is an abomination. 

Xxthesorrow90xX
Xxthesorrow90xX

 @ghstbstr  ^ Prime example that no one is going to be happy with it and people will still complain about it

EA will forever be the company Iwill blame for ruining such a great series.

Leejjohno
Leejjohno

 @Getbacktogaming I don't even know if disappointment covers it. When I first saw the endings I was in a state of traumatic shock. 

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

 @sieg6529 I personally don't mind Origin, I mean its just a dumbed down version of steam. If it was compulsory to have if Mass Effect 3 was a pure single player game, then yes it would be absolute trash but since it has multiplayer the ability to add players you enjoy playing with is fine. My problem with it is, if you're going to copy someone else (Valve) at least MAKE IT BETTER NOT JUST A COPY AND PASTE JOB. That is why Electronic Arts is the most pathetic company. 

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

@Leejjohno Well said. Still overall I feel like I'd be willing to forgive Bioware for this one and I'm now curious to see what's next...

Leejjohno
Leejjohno

 @Getbacktogaming 

I've only seen the refuse ending and it is a lot better now, with a greater focus on narrative than player imagination.

 

I still didn't like the fact that the illusive man couldn't be worked with or persuaded given the choices we made in ME2.