Mass Effect 3 'Extended Cut' coming Tuesday

By Steve Watts, Jun 22, 2012 10:30am PDT

Mass Effect 3 is finally ready to assuage fan complaints about its ending. BioWare announced today that the "Extended Cut" downloadable content, which gives more clarity to the ending, will hit next Tuesday, June 26 in North America.

If you were worried that it's just a few lines of throwaway text, it seems a bit more ambitious than that. An official FAQ reveals that it takes a whopping 1.9 GB of storage. As previously reported, it will be available to download for free. BioWare is careful to call it an expansion of the endings, and says that "it does not fundamentally change the endings." This is similar to early comments that promised clarity, not outright changes.

"The Extended Cut expands on the original endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences," the FAQ reads. "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."

The FAQ also notes what save game you should load for the Extended Cut, but we'll hold our tongues here since it involves spoilers for the ending. Check out an interview with game producer Casey Hudson, lead writer Mac Walters, and community manager Jessica Merizan for some thoughts from the team.

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