April 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM ET
For those who have been clamoring for closure as it pertains to "Mass Effect 3," it's finally arriving later this summer in the form of an "Extended Cut," the game's publisher, EA, announced.
Some were hoping for entirely different ending, but it would seem that developer BioWare is sticking to the original conclusion. Instead, the downloadable content pack will add "additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes" according to the press release on Business Wire Thursday morning.
The DLC aims to "give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of 'Mass Effect 3' deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes," the PR blast also states. Basically, it's the same conclusion as before, just explained in greater detail. Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare, explains:
Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the "Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut" we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the “Mass Effect” universe.
Reaction to the announcement has been mixed. Of those who are upset with the game's ending, and are taking part in the various campaigns to let BioWare and EA know their unhappiness, some believe that the DLC is essentially a Band-Aid and not a true fix.
Meanwhile, those who never had a problem with the ending are bracing themselves from the eventual backlash towards the DLC as well. One prevailing attitude is how, no matter what, disgruntled "Mass Effect 3" players will not like anything that's served to them at this point.
In recent weeks there has also been a growing backlash aimed at the aforementioned vocal contingency and their continued attempts to be heard. Most recently, it is believed that they played a pivotal part in EA being voted the worst company in America in a poll conducted by The Consumerist.
While it can be argued that the result is due to a variety of factors, including EA's poor customer service, their obtrusive DRM schemes, the formation of the universally panned Origin distribution platform, and their support for SOPA, many believe it is the "Mass Effect 3" controversy that was the tipping point.
In response, John Reseburg, EA's senior director of corporate communications, had this to say to Kotaku about being voted the worst company in the country:
We're sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren't nominated this year. We're going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide.
No other details pertaining to "Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut" is known, other than it will be free.
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