Parts of Mass Effect 3 DLC already on disc - EA

Publisher says "certain framework elements" of From Ashes content needed to be on disc to ensure "seamless" integration of new character.

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BioWare has admitted that pieces of the From Ashes downloadable content for Mass Effect 3 are already on copies of the just-released action role-playing game.

Mass Effect 3's first DLC is already (partially) on disc.
Mass Effect 3's first DLC is already (partially) on disc.

In response to a user video showing that PC players could unlock the DLC's new character without a download, BioWare issued a statement to the GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine. The same statement was sent to GameSpot.

"As stated previously, in order to seamlessly integrate Javik into the core campaign, certain framework elements and character models needed to be put on disc," reads the statement. "We did something similar with Zaeed and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2."

It was not made clear if the parts of the From Ashes content are included only on the PC version of Mass Effect 3 or if PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 copies also host the content. As of press time, Electronic Arts had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Last month, Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson defended the timing of the From Ashes day-one DLC for the spacefaring role-playing game. He said development on the content did not begin until after the game was finished and in certification.

The From Ashes content is included with the collector's edition of Mass Effect 3 and is available for purchase. It includes a Prothean squadmate (Javik), a mission on Eden Prime, a new weapon, and an alternate appearance option for every team member.

For more on Mass Effect 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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I guess EA really wants to get hacked and pirated. :-]

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So whats next selling games piece by piece...what really hurts is the deception they Blatantly lied to our faces....

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Who cares about the "parts of Mass Effect 3 DLC already on disc?" I have a hard time feeling like I'd play even if they gave away 10 hours worth of DLC, because none of your choices matter in the end.

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They basically lied about it. Somebody just tell Mordin to put the genophage towards EA right now....

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hahaha good one @vali887

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Half the fun in RPG's imo is to fully customize my character and choose from a lot of different gear for me and my party, also choose from a wide-variety of partymembers. With Bioware this is something we'll always need to pay extra for which sucks.

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Come to think of it, these guys just put extra work in, and you want it for free, then claim they're the greedy ones? How'd you like it if your boss demanded you take up overtime at work for a while, then when it was done he gave you your normal salary? People are starting to expect too much from this industry...

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Gamer Boycotts - FAIL. Mass Effect 3 is selling like wildfire and so it should be.

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EA : + 600 Renegade

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Something just do not smell right with this and EA just keep on stepping in thier own poo. They should just give it to us free being it is the last chapter.

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You know what ensures seamless integration? Full games. You know, those that aren't intentionally maimed? I'm still waiting for a seamlessly integrated full version, or at least one that is apropriately cheaper to compensate for the sensation of rip off.

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Paying for something already purchased is a really bad business strategy... Capcom does the same with Street Fighter and now EA is following the former. It a shame for them ...cheating us the FANS and trying to fork $10 extra. I feel really sad with the fact that we want to support companies like Capcom and EA who do endorse good games... but they betray us for some extra money.

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I love DLC

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I just completed the game without the DLC and did I feel ripped off? No. I just got 30 amazing hours (well, 29, the final hour of the game wasn't the best...) out of this product. I didn't buy the DLC because to an extent I agree that it is a bit greedy to sell it on day one, but did it negatively effect my experience to simply not buy it? Again, no. Stop acting as if it's essential, as if it's the entire intro they're selling or something and you can't start without it. As for not buying the game simply due to a business plan they made, that's the most childish way of rebelling ever. When they ship over 3.5 million copies do you honestly think they care that you, a single user didn't buy it? If you're a fan of the series so far, you're the only one that's going to be missing out. Where's the fun in that? Oh, and for the record, lying about it really wasn't the way to go. I understand it was like there own fans had pinned them up against the wall and demmanded answers but still, the truth is always prefrable in a professional business.

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This is insulting. We know they're lying to us, they know they're lying to us and they know that we know they are lying to us. And they still do it!

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well,who didn't see this coming ? and to those buying Capcom next RE games, you should brace yourself already.

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It is a fantastic game tho, so i wouldnt ask people to boycott the game...just boycott paying for already-on-disc content.

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Ok! Who wants to join Captain Jack Sparrow? Aaarrrr!

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It does not need the disc to run at all, this works fine when the game is installed you lying pieces of sh@t. Dont try and make excuses, you have been found out, just make sure it doesnt happen for the third time and i think this might call for this on disc content to be unlocked for free.

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We have to stop this! Don't buy the game or the DLC. ESPECIALLY the DLC. If you do buy it they will continue to pull this garbage on us until we are paying for bits and pieces of games.

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You buy this game, you're an idiot. Period. Damned Sheeps.... There's' so much today, who is going to keep away the big bad wolf??

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I highly recommend that everyone that owns the game doesn't purchase the dlc no matter how much you want it. the only way to stop companies from doing this in the future is to just not buy it and support what they are doing

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thanks from lying to us earlier Casey, stupid a** so this only the second time spitting on us :evil:

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Don't like the idea of DLC, than why support it in the first place? Want a complete game? Quit demanding the game come out now. Reason why games back than were complete was because the developers had more than two years to develop said game, now most games have a year or so development time (I'm looking at you COD). The only way you'll ever get a complete game is just let the developers take their time to make the complete game, even than, there will always be downloaded content, even if the coding is found in the main game or not, this was bound to come out anyway. Yeah it sounds like EA is cashing in on this and they probably are but even so, this is an on-going argument that, unfortunately, has no end and it will always go on even if Bioware or any other company released the DLC this week, or next week or even next month, we, the gamers, will be having this same argument anyway even without the day one DLC release or about how a game should end and the sad thing is? It's all feedback to the developers.

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I'm Not blaming Bioware that take our money and still wants more with a day 1 DLC, But I Blame EA, Only want money money and money. I Respect Bioware as it created my childhood games, But Dam You EA, You and your marketing

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Damn how much money do you want from costomers' pocket?$60 dollars isn't enough for you?

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No respect for the customers. And i bet we'll never get a honest apology from them.

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Why is this article not calling them out on the BS. are you seriously just tip toeing over the issue so EA continues to advertise here? "As stated previously, in order to seamlessly integrate Javik into the core campaign, certain framework elements and character models needed to be put on disc," They had just recently said they developed this AFTER THE GAME. WHY DID YOU NOT CALL THEM ON THIS? ??????? DO YOU WANT US TO HAVE ZERO RESPECT FOR YOUR JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY? You basically tell gamers that they lied to us with the facts (but dodging the issue in essense), then you run AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THEM. YEP, YOU GOT OUR BACKS :) If you arnt going to comment on the issue properly, say nothing at all. Dont write a completely censored post.

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I get the impressions that this DLC was originally part of the game and that EA then decided to strip it out and sell it as DLC to make some extra cash.

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EA are like activision what do you guys expected

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wow why is everyone here so quick to judge with very limited information. Bioware has always done right by everyone and saying that the DLC wasn't ready to put on the disc when they were shipping it out does not mean that they didn't have ANY of it done and ready to put on disc. the frame work and character models are some of the first things to get done so why wouldn't they put them on the disc if they were ready

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@Jestersmiles Tell me how many proper PC ports we get (FoV options, Mouse sensitivity control, Dedicated servers, etc etc ) and which publisher sees PC communites just as important as consoles. Please, enlighten me, because you sure don't sound like a PC gamer. @made_u_look DLC isn't something new, PC had it in the form of expansion packs as well as CD keys (ie online passes). Don't be one of those PC elitist jerks. Console gaming is just as important as PC, but publishers don't see it that way. Which is why people who pirate just makes the PC gaming community look like a bunch of self entitled elitist jerks. Same reason why CoD sheep make Console gamers seem like cash cows. PC needs to go back to being a prevalent source of income for gaming, and pirating does not help that. I believe if you pirate, you're dirt. Console gamers, If you throw money at every insignificant, overpriced DLC, you're a cow helping the milking factory grow.

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Well, they lost my business.

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Bioware lied and thats all there is to it. their credibility is now and forever at 0.

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Truly is sad that stuff like this is happening

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you know i thought this was like an, "if you're gonna complain just don't buy it" type of things. But after getting the game and the DLC..... These guys scammed us. This guy has such a well developed conversation and story that I feel they were like how can we make an extra 10 bucks... let's take this guy out and say it wasn't finished. It feels like this was part of the main story that they just removed.

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The sad thing is this. They will keep doing this, when we all keep paying for this bs.

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I hope the disc has some better endings hidden on there...

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@SANDMAN201 The Internet hacking groups should release some patches or hacks for us to unlock on-disk content so that we don't have to pay those greedy companies and enjoy the "complete" games!

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Consumers find any reason they can to piss and moan at the publisher, in the name of entitlement, yet From Ashes is the type of quality DLC people have always asked for in a CE. Those of us who bought the CE payed a premium for that quality extra content, and so should everyone who bought the regular edition.

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Lies, lies, lies, all lies!

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@Sadek It's just a shame Bethesda's stuff is buggy as Hell and always looks five years-old when they establish a final release. They're also not nearly as skilled with storytelling or artistry as some of their competitors.

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Zaeed was something else at 2nd game, Javik is core part of team, a full voice acted char like all other chars of crew, they should release game with him without asking people to buy DLC

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Remember, if you haven't bought this game and you don't like such DLC hawking tactics, .

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What a cover up! Do you really think us (gamers) are that stupid? I miss the old days were games are released a fully finished product.

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