Just yesterday, we reported that Mass Effect 3’s first DLC has been leaked by Microsoft. The main concern most people had wasn’t the leak itself, but the fact that the game already has day one DLC.

This caused quite an uproar, and BioWare seems to have heard this as they have responded. Casey Hudson, executive producer for the franchise took to his twitter to answer allegations that the DLC was already on the disc but was purposely locked out to make people pay for it.

It takes about 3 months from ‘content complete’ to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs. In that time we work on DLC.

DLC has fast [certification] and no [manufacturing], so if a team works very hard, they can get a DLC done in time to enjoy it with your 1st playthrough on day one. On ME3, content creators completed the game in January and moved onto the ‘From Ashes’ DLC, free with the [Collector’s Edition] or you can buy separately

If that wasn’t enough, BioWare has responded officially via their official forums and claims that the content “From Ashes” was developed by “a separate team (after the core game was finished) and not completed until well after the main game went into certification.”

Would it make a difference if EA kept this a secret and released the info regarding the DLC, say a month from release? To be honest, I think it’s safe to say that we should expect things like this from now. The question is, are you okay with it? Let us know what you think.

Mass Effect 3 will be coming out this March 6 on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Source: [BioWare forums] via reddit and [VG24/7]

7 COMMENTS

  1. It’s like saying “Thanks for buying our game. Here’s some of it but if you want the rest it’s gonna cost ya”. I don’t want to feel like a second-class citizen and get screwed out of content just because I didn’t throw down $60+ weeks in advance so Gamespot and EA could earn interest on my deposit, or because I happened to buy the game from the “wrong” retailer. Day-one DLC, Online Passes, retailer specific bonuses and other types of content that publisher’s love to hold hostage doesn’t incentivize early adoption or legitimate purchases, it just makes your product look like an incomplete, lousy deal. Fuck EA, fuck Bioware for adopting EA’s anti-consumer practices, and fuck me for having to pirate a game in order to get the full product that we should have already been receiving.

  2. It’s like saying “Thanks for buying our game. Here’s some of it but if you want the rest it’s gonna cost ya”. I don’t want to feel like a second-class citizen and get screwed out of content just because I didn’t throw down $60+ weeks in advance so Gamespot and EA could earn interest on my deposit, or because I happened to buy the game from the “wrong” retailer. Day-one DLC, Online Passes, retailer specific bonuses and other types of content that publisher’s love to hold hostage doesn’t incentivize early adoption or legitimate purchases, it just makes your product look like an incomplete, lousy deal. Fuck EA, fuck Bioware for adopting EA’s anti-consumer practices, and fuck me for having to pirate a game in order to get the full product that we should have already been receiving.

    • Yeah brother, testify! That $0.008 cents a day is WAY better going back into your personal fortune. And hey, keep on looking to the past with those rose-coloured glasses and thinking that old games were better without DLC or, better still, that old games were somehow more magically complete and contained the entirety of their existence on a single disc.

      You should feel totally justified in pirating their work based on your illogical and bullshit opinion.

      Bitches gonna bitch.

      • Enjoy being nickled and dimed bro. Pardon me for not having Stockholm Syndrome or being an apologist for publishers that would charge you extra for save states, and in-game ammunition if they could. Yeah, I’m totally the bitch in this relationship. If you want to lay back and accept the buttfucking you’re getting, more power to you. 

  3. Well, I’ve been disgusted with Bioware ever since they sold out to EA and went multi-platform with “Mass Effect.” It should have remained an XBOX 360 exclusive, mainly because it was 360 owners who made it successful. But they tried to sneak it past people that PS3 code was written into the ME 2 game and then released it later on for the PS3 with a silly comic book back story for ME 1. Now they pull this stunt.

  4. I swear I saw a leak of the ME3 art book, with the prothean character in it. And wasn’t the prothean character mentioned in the script leaks?

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