Yesterday BioWare released an official press release about free DLC content aimed at pleasing fans who were unhappy with ME3’s ending. According to the press statement:
BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect 3:Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences & epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system & PC for no extra charge.
The free DLC content will not change the actual endings, but rather is intended to bring more closure & clarity about the end. According to BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka, BioWare feels that this is the best balance between listening to their fans & keeping the team’s creative integrity. Although BioWare hasn’t specifically stated what these scenes will include, many fans seem to be expecting something similar to the epilogue of Dragon Age: Origins, showing various scenes with captions about what happened to the characters after the game ended.
I can say that, personally, I’ll probably get the DLC when it comes out. I didn’t expect BioWare to actually change the ending of the game. I hope this “clarity” includes explaining more about where the Reapers came from as well as give me some general idea about what happened to the various races & characters I’ve come to love after the ending. Those were the parts that really bothered me, rather than the actual ending itself. And who knows? Maybe it’ll answer the indoctrination question.
No official release date has been given other than sometime this summer, although it sounds like this will be the first DLC released.