Gaming News: Mass Effect 3 “Extended Cut” Confirmed
Providing additional cinematic cut-scenes and extended epilogues to the original ending, executive producer Casey Hudson claims it will “provide fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”
Key complaints around Mass Effect 3’s ending included a distinct lack of variety in the outcome regardless of player decisions, and a lack of closure regarding the consequences of final events for key characters and races. It appears the DLC will attempt to directly address these concerns.
However, with BioWare boss Ray Muzyka also saying that the Extended Cut has “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,” it seems that the events of the ending as a whole will be maintained. This pretty much confirms that the ‘indoctrination theory’ argued by some fans has been wishful thinking all along.
Nonetheless, the fact that the DLC will be available on Xbox360, PS3 and PC at no extra charge should be seen as an enormous gesture of goodwill from BioWare, and a sign that they have taken fan feedback seriously. Of course, exactly how satisfying or otherwise the additional cinematics will prove to be, remains to be seen.