Well, if you hadn’t moved on from the whole Mass Effect 3 ending thing yet, BioWare has got your back. They’ve announced the release date for the Extended Cut DLC pack, which will use cinematic sequences and epilogues to expand on – and hopefully ‘fix’ – the endings of Mass Effect 3. The pack will drop on June 26 for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, at no charge.
Bioware has stated on their official website that:
“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.”
And just in case you weren’t wholly sure what exactly the Extended Cut was doing to the endings:
“The Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.”
So, just to be totally clear, while you’re getting new cinematics and epilogues, the structure of the game’s ending isn’t changing. I expect more colour jokes to fly back and forth once the DLC pack is released, but hopefully, this will assuage at least some of the anger that fans had. There aren’t a whole lot of companies who would succumb to the kind of outcry Bioware was getting, so let this show, however else you feel about them, that they care about their fans on some level at least.