For serious, this is getting out of hand.
We’ve already reported about Mass Effect 3’s “From Ashes” DLC a couple of times now. First, people were upset that the DLC would be arriving alongside the retail game (because that’s apparently a brand new thing in the gaming world). Then, someone by the name of “Ceski” made overblown claims about the DLC (or at least the character part) already appearing complete and intact on the disc.
In the interest of fairness, I’ve embedded the YouTube video here. I want to talk a little bit about, so take a few moments to give it a gander.
Now, before I go picking apart this melodramatic bit of cinema, let’s cover a couple of things. In the most recent piece I wrote about this, I mentioned something called DLC hooks. These are essentially in-roads into the code that allow developers to more easily add on content later. Today, EA released yet another statement about the matter:
“From Ashes is a 600 MB+ download with all new content, including the mission on Eden Prime, new dialogue options and conversations with Javik, new cinematics, the Prothean weapon, and new appearances for all squad members,” an EA statement issued to Game Informer says. “All of the above content was completed while the main game was in certification and are not available on the disc. 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. We did something similar with Zaeed and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2.”
What’s most disturbing about this is that “Ceski” seems to be going out of his way to discredit EA and BioWare. After he tweeted to me, I responded with a thought of my own (get ready for my awesome Twitvatar):
And, in response, I heard… nothing. If this gentlemen really had all the proof in the world, wouldn’t he show more than 10 seconds? Wouldn’t he play through a mission or two with the character in the party or maybe interact with him on the Normandy? Heck, I would. And, if that proof had been presented to me, you would be reading a VERY different article right now.
Instead, he’s stacked up a bunch of quotes that are consistent with everything we’ve heard before and since, set it to a lovely piece of music, edited a bit of code and voila! Magic appearing Prothean character model. Little known fact: they are like sea monkeys. Just add water, delete code, and buy the DLC… because he’s not really on the disc.