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.

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This DLC bothered me for months but once the game came out I didnt care to be honest.... I played the game for 5 hours straight and asked myself "Do I like this game enough to pay 10$ more for a cool new character and a new short mission?" The answer was YES. I have had a blast with the game so I dont mind paying 10$ for a little more. My main issues where Online play ruining the campaign and the day one DLC.. none of which has actually been an issue now that I have the game! The online coop is actually very good how it ties into the campaign and the DLC is fine to me as its a BONUS for those who LOVE the series. The mission for the DLC is SHORT as hell, not missing much there. But the character is VERY cool and gives a little bit of info about some things. Comes down to this imo now that I have the game: Do you like ME3 after 3-4 hours? If yes then buy the DLC, if no or you like it only a little bit then no dont get the DLC.

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TBH, I think we need to take a stance against DLC as a whole. It's gone on too long and become almost too much of a accepted practice to release DLC with every game and in the crappiest way. Costumes here, weapons there, paid leveling services in this RPG, a special boss battle here or there. A long time ago(and yes it does seem a long time ago) we would be wishing for a expansion now it's DLC. While the DLC is cheaper so is the overall quality. Would love to see some real expansions and not just crappy DLC. Tire of companies nickeling and diming and the customers standing by and asking to be nickled and dimed. Tired of threads popping up and asking for DLC. I would rather see people ask for a complete game rather than DLC to complete the game.

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Stop buying it and they will stop doing it. No need to whine about it every single time one of these articles comes up. There is obliviously a market for paid DLC like this.

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I'd be more surprised if it wasn't on the disc to be honest. Day 1 DLC is becoming a standard. Can't wait for developers to jump on the bandwagon of "d1 DLC is wrong" in a few years just for brownie points with customers....while still shipping d1dlc....

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@Enterprise-E I have to agree with @strawberry9. Javik provided a lot of insight into the fall of the protheans. Not to mention showed how they really were. The integration into the story and how he influenced people around you, and even the plot (Asari temple for instance), if you had him in your squad shows that he was always meant to be a character. I don't know how it plays without him and if it fills in the information by some other means but he by no means is not just a throw in like Zaeed and Kasumi. He provides back story into the protheans, the relationship with asari, their struggle with the reapers, and even some great dialog between him and Liara given her studies of the prothean race. It is clear that Bioware had integrated into the story during development, not afterwards. But yes, I certainly agree with you on the endings. I played that game non-stop in enjoyment and got to the end and thought, "that was it?" Felt like I was lead on by a hot girl the whole night only to find out she has a boyfriend at closing time.

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Man........ All I gotta say is this: ME3 is a fantastic game, with absolute droves of content, more so then 90% of the games on the marketplace. Yet somehow, this is an issue. Does it seem a bit cash grabby? Sure. But so does a 10 hour long game pumped out a $60 a pop every 12 months...... Yet you guys dont seem to have an issue with THAT....... (as evidenced by GROWING sales of said titles) You guys need to figure out your priorites, and stop jumping on whatever "outrage" train that pops up.

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And yet another reason I refuse to buy this game at launch timing...and maybe at all.

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The character was likely on the disc. Doesn't mean the rest of the content was.

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I wish Bioware were an independant company. Free from EA's control.

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@Enterprise-E The point is that this was part of the original game. It's obvious. How can you go through an entire development cycle of a game that is centred around a prothean weapon, and not think: "hey, it would be cool to have a prothean companion"... SPECIALLY IF YOU'RE BIOWARE! And the fact that the character is on the disc further proves my point. This will be the last Bioware game I will ever be purchasing. This is pathetic.

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As always, vote with your wallet, going on the internet and complaining does nothing.

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To be honest people the DLC that everyone claims they were robbed out of really does not change any aspects of the game nor does it give you more insight into the said character. I have the Collectors Edition and I felt that the extra character is kinda thrown in. I know i will get alot of heat from this but you guys are really not missing out. What you really should be outrage with is with the ending that Bioware has provided.

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Bioware, why did you pull a Capcom??? I thought you were above this!

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That is funny because Bioware stated that the DLC was not even started until after ME3 was already completed and was not ready by the time the game disc was already printed as a way of defending the day 1 DLC. Looks like EA has finished turning Bioware. Sad to see such a great studio turn into this. After the ME/ME2 import problem, cloud saves and other issues people are having, I am completely losing faith in Bioware. As for EA, you are just on a roll. Mega-publishers have no respect for their consumers and EA seems to want to fight Activision for the top spot of being pricks.

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My thoughts ? EA should stop talking, and we should stop buying their games. Also, the problem with From Ashes is that it's content cut from the game and sold separately, even though it was done before release. The fact that it's already on the disc just makes it more insulting. EDIT : And, yes, as several people already pointed out, Zaeed was indeed Day-One DLC, but it came free with every new copy of ME2. The point of Zaeed was to encourage people to buy a new copy instead of a used one, and that character was not remotely important to the story anyway, unlike the ME3 Prothean.

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If people would stop paying for day 1 DLC and collector's editions to get stuff they SHOULD be getting with the game they are already paying 60 dollars for, then maybe companies like EA wouldn't keep taking advantage of their customers and laughing all the way to the bank while doing so. As long as day 1 DLC keeps selling, companies will continue to release partial games and fill in the rest of the game for players only after they pay more for what should have come with the game on release.

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The truth was that most (99%) of the content was already distributed on the disc. Only the game's executable needed changes to register the DLC was purchased. It was developed alongside the rest of the game, and was only removed so they could charge more for a DLC. Greed personified.

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The biggest problem is the fact that the character is IMPORTANT to the whole story, how bioware could justify having Javik as a dlc character is downright pathetic. And Zaeed was free for new copies..

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Sad just sad. Also how do deveolpers froget this kind of stuff on there.

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"We did something similar with Zaeed and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2." Then Why was Zaeed FREE for all the people who bought the game new? more over, why is Zaeed, a character who is not important to the series AT ALL, free while an essential Piece of Character and plot are payed?

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Disk Locked Content,the way of the future,nothing suprising here.After all,why would they stop while some are even defending this sort of an abomination? On that "Bioware defending Day 1 DLC" article,I saw many "arguments" siding with Bioware,saying how there's nothing wrong with Day 1 DLC.It will only get worse...

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After all the lies we've been fed from Bioware by now, does this honestly really surprise anyone?

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So all DLC that doesn't have "framework" on discs isn't "seamless?" Sounds like BS to me.

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Casey Hudson.......... you mother %$@*

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This seems to be EA's new M.O. Make us pay for stuff they should have included in the game.

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Hmmmm /../..

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