Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be free, coming this summer

In response to deafening complaining from the Internet, Mass Effect 3 will receive an updated ending. The free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC won't outright change what happens, but will expand upon it, showing more of what's going on.

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In response to deafening complaining from the Internet, Mass Effect 3 will receive an updated ending. The free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC won't outright change what happens, but will expand upon it, showing more of what's going on.

"Through additional cinematic sequences and 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," EA explains in the announcement.

BioWare GM Raz Muzyka said, "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."

Mass Effect executive producer Casey Hudson added, "We have re-prioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the 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."

Certain corners of the Internet erupted in fury after they played through Mass Effect 3's ending, or watched it on YouTube, or heard from a friend. This manifested in countless forum posts, a flood of whining reviews on Amazon and other stores, and even someone filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and Better Business Bureau. In a way, it's all an unusual compliment to BioWare on creating a series fans care so passionately about.

Following rumours, BioWare confirmed last month that it planned to release new content clarifying and offering closure.

The Extended Cut will be available for free on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this summer.

From The Chatty
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    April 5, 2012 6:18 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be free, coming this summer.

    In response to deafening complaining from the Internet, Mass Effect 3 will receive an updated ending. The free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC won't outright change what happens, but will expand upon it, showing more of what's going on.

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      April 5, 2012 6:25 AM

      I'm hoping for a montage set to "Circle of Life".

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        April 5, 2012 6:28 AM

        With a monkey cracking open a fruit and drawing a line across your forehead with the juice... "Shepard..."

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      April 5, 2012 6:28 AM

      Welp, we all predicted it was going to happen. However its free, so there's that...

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        April 5, 2012 6:39 AM

        Free was pretty much their only option. Can you imagine the rage if they'd asked for money? People would've been shouting 'PAY TO GET THE REAL ENDING' all over the place. Not even BioWare's that stupid.

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          April 5, 2012 12:08 PM

          I agree with anything except your last 5 words, I still thought they'd release it as a pay mod but bundle it with something else

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      April 5, 2012 6:30 AM

      Heh, maintaining artistic vision eh?

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        April 5, 2012 6:31 AM

        Well, to be fair this is a fight they can't win.

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          April 5, 2012 6:41 AM

          ^ this. Does anyone think a little expanded story is going to really repair the damage? I think it only has the possibility to make things worse.

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            April 5, 2012 6:42 AM

            I don't think so. The ending's got a lot of issues but one of the biggest ones - lack of character closure - is absolutely repairable.

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            April 5, 2012 6:43 AM

            I'm kinda curious to see what happens because I'm not sure what they could even do.

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            April 5, 2012 6:58 AM

            There are a few things in the ending that make zero sense but could make slightly more sense with expanded cinematics(which will probably be bullshit). Otherwise though the ending will still be terrible unless it's rewritten from scratch.

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            April 5, 2012 9:08 AM

            I think if they actually address the whole ending and not just add in an Animal House ending maybe. But then again there is already an Animal House ending http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kqVB15Yab4

            But I am positive Bioware will just skirt the whole thing not address the ending and miss the entire point. Which is the entire Earth mission is shit. And the entire Space God bullshit

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          April 5, 2012 7:55 AM

          The pattern has repeated itself more times than you can fathom. Game franchises rise, evolve, advance. And at the apex of their glory, they are extinguished.

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          April 5, 2012 2:14 PM

          How did they not win this? The game probably sold like gangbusters.

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        April 5, 2012 11:08 AM

        the "vision" sucked

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      April 5, 2012 6:34 AM

      I have no idea about the games supposed horseshit ending, but it would be amazing if they trolled everyone with something even worse.

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        April 5, 2012 6:37 AM

        I want haze fade- shepherd wakes from a coma, the year is 1939 and it was all a dream

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          April 5, 2012 6:41 AM

          And then he gets out of bed and goes to his job as a guard at a concentration camp

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        April 5, 2012 8:54 AM

        Take the original 2:30 Bink video, and slow it down so it's 25 minutes. Draw red X's over the characters who shouldn't have been on the Normandy according to the last save data. Close it with the credit text of "FINISH THE FIGHT! BUY MORE DLC!" (and don't be subtle this time; use exactly that text).

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        April 5, 2012 9:08 AM

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        April 5, 2012 9:09 AM

        An abrupt cut to black like the Sopranos?

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        April 5, 2012 11:08 AM

        Camera pulls back, shows the universe is contained in a snow globe owned by a retarded gamer.

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        April 5, 2012 4:04 PM

        it was all a dream. all 3 games. just a dream.

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      April 5, 2012 6:35 AM

      Trololololololo

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      April 5, 2012 6:39 AM

      render all the cutscenes

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        April 5, 2012 6:43 AM

        hopefully we'll get the complete ROYGBIV suite

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      April 5, 2012 6:43 AM

      "A moose bit my sister!"

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      April 5, 2012 6:54 AM

      Slight spoilers ahead..

      Expanded info can't save this ending. None of the choices presented were choices I actually wanted to make or that would make sense for the Shepard I was playing.. what would have been for more interesting would be to see how the Galaxy has changed after the reapers and the choices I made beforehand, and not to have everything I've done be completely pointless.

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        April 5, 2012 8:21 AM

        I think that they needed a 4th "I reject the entire premise of your argument " option. It would end horribly or well depending if you had made choices throughout the series that backed up your counter argument. But that would ruin their "artistic vision"

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          April 5, 2012 9:15 AM

          Yeah but I wonder whose artistic vision it would ruin? I was reading that one of the writers was complaining that the ending was written by only 2 people (lead writer and the producer), whereas the rest of the game was under peer review by all their writers. So while I think artistic vision is important, I would hazard a guess that this particular vision wasn't a popular one even by the developers themselves..

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            April 5, 2012 3:01 PM

            Patrick Weekes allegedly wrote that on a forum (i think penny arcade). It's backed up by Geoff Keighley's Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 ipad app that even has a scan of the very piece of paper(that might as well be a cocktail napkin) that the ending is scribbled on.

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      April 5, 2012 6:54 AM

      Fine, so now if you blew up the reactor or whatever, they find Shepard, maybe even Anderson, and revive him, and now Anderson Garrus and Shepard are last seen chilling out on the beach with a half-submerged Reaper Hull twinkling in the distance. If you took the "my face burned off and I disintigrated shortly thereafter" endings, then it'll either be the ending from Lawnmower Man or possibly Scanners, depending on whether they want you to have a corporeal body.

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      April 5, 2012 6:55 AM

      This is why I won't play this game for at least another year. By then all of the DLC should be released and I can finally play the full game.

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        April 5, 2012 7:05 AM

        ^^^This is pretty much what I'm doing. By then the rage about the game will be gone and I can enjoy it for what it is.

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          April 5, 2012 10:11 AM

          Oh great so we can have these threads again a year from now because of you two.

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      April 5, 2012 7:10 AM

      I just beat the game last night. The very ending was pretty much non-sensical but the last 10-15 hours or so leading up to it are so good that I had a hard time being angry about. I was just confused, not angry. Internet people are such giant spazzes.

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      April 5, 2012 7:20 AM

      And entitled gamers get their way!

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        April 5, 2012 10:33 AM

        And clueless gamers get to bitch over free stuff! Win-win!

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      April 5, 2012 7:21 AM

      You forgot to mention it's from the Consumerist worst company in america

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        April 5, 2012 7:27 AM

        Somehow those words didn't come out as I bashed my head against my keyboard in upset.

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          April 5, 2012 9:02 AM

          you should've stuck a little jab in paragraph 5 =P

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        April 5, 2012 7:37 AM

        The consumerist: worst company in america

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      April 5, 2012 7:23 AM

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        April 5, 2012 7:37 AM

        It's just going to be a 2 hour in game cinematic musical, with all the cast singing in chorus about how it's all OK because of the power of love. It ends with an Elcor doing the jazz hands.

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        April 5, 2012 8:50 AM

        The entire cast, living and dead, is going to sit there staring at the camera and offer explanations to everything in all of its painfully technobabbled glory.

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        April 5, 2012 9:17 AM

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      April 5, 2012 8:06 AM

      I hope there's a dance number on the bridge of the Normandy, complete with built-in Kinect support that you can do as a last-ditch resort to up your combat readiness and change teh color of your ending

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        April 5, 2012 8:21 AM

        But then people will complain that it ripped off Bayonetta.

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      April 5, 2012 8:48 AM

      If you have over 5000 war points. And choose the Destroy shit ending how does Shepard Survive an exploding citadel as well as falling to Earth from Space

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        April 5, 2012 9:20 AM

        Because he was dreaming? Obvious.

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          April 5, 2012 9:30 AM

          I watched this earlier:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythY_GkEBck

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          April 5, 2012 1:52 PM

          This is unlikely considering that there is no evidence of this from Bioware, and the Indoctrination idea was shot down in Geoff Keighley's Final Hours.

          Also in the FAQ released today they stated the endings aren't changing just having epilogues added. So unless Shepard wakes up from the dream and then immediately goes and does the exact same choice they can't accomplish this.

          But tell yourself whatever you want to make yourself warm and fuzzy at night.

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            April 5, 2012 2:06 PM

            Hehe, the fact that you think a video game makes me warm and fuzzy at night tells me more about you than anything. You might need to grow up, but I'm not sure.

            There's no evidence from Bioware if you're an idiot. They give you so many clues to it in the game if you just look hard enough. You can return to your cave now. :)

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        April 5, 2012 9:32 AM

        In the Indoctrination theory on YouTube, the endings of the game aren't really the endings.

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      April 5, 2012 8:59 AM

      Behold, Bioware will attempt to polish a turd.

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        April 5, 2012 9:02 AM

        The Mythbusters have proven that you can. And the game wasn't a turd; the ending was.

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          April 5, 2012 9:35 AM

          The game wasn't exactly stellar. Sure, it had some great scenes (some of which had been spoiled by previews months ago) but the mechanics were still ME2 boring shoot-a-thoin with walls and waves of idiots.

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            April 5, 2012 12:05 PM

            Tbh the game was fantastic. Full of great dialogue and emotional resonance. The way the characters interacted with you and eaach other was a major step forward in storytelling as well.

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              April 5, 2012 12:57 PM

              I liked the game a lot. I wouldn't say the dialogue was good though. Most of it was extremely generic soldier talk that almost made me want to laugh half the time. The romantic shit was absolutely terrible as well.

              There was the occasional spurt of good dialogue out of some of the side characters but it was pretty overwhelmed by the shittiness of all the rest.

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                April 5, 2012 4:55 PM

                Ah I see, this is a "I'm cool because I can label everything as cliche and generic" response.

                Go play A Bards Tale, then play Mass Efffect 3.

                Go play Heroes of Might and Magic 5, then play Mass Effect 3.

                Go play Risen, then play Mass Effect 3.

                Notice a pattern yet? Those are games with TERRIBLE dialogue. Mentioning them in the same post as a Bioware game is sacriledge.

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        April 5, 2012 1:07 PM

        I hate gamers so much.

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        April 5, 2012 3:13 PM

        UUGGGhhhhhhh shut uuppp.

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      April 5, 2012 9:16 AM

      I think the ending sucked but it could've worked if they did a better job telling the story. It was just way too short and was completely lacking in details. The lack of more dialogue options really sucked too-- I doubt they'll be adding any of that though based on the statement.

      Oh well, at least it's free.

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      April 5, 2012 9:27 AM

      More info about what will be in the DLC: http://blog.bioware.com/2012/04/05/mass-effect-3-extended-cut/

      I'm assuming they're just going to add
      - more space battle cinematics
      - scenes showing what happened to your squad and crew afterwards
      - possibly some scenes showing what your other squadmates were doing in the final assault
      - the extent of the damage to everyone in the solar system caused by the relays blowing up (if any)


      or at least, i hope so.

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      April 5, 2012 9:28 AM

      I know I'm in the minority, but this is a bit disappointing. Don't get me wrong, I'm always down for more content. Especially if it's for a game I really enjoyed playing, but this whole situation is beyond the beyond. I finished ME3, and while the ending may have left me with some questions, I didn't feel like I lost anything because of it. This feels very reminiscent of when I see kids throw a temper tantrum and the parents just give them the cookie to make them stop. The unfortunate thing to come out of this will be that some gamers will know that from now on, if they yell, kick, and scream loud enough, developers may be more inclined to give them a cookie. But, then again, you never know what could come out of this after the "extended" release. I mean, adding content retroactively has worked well for the movie industry as a whole, so maybe this is the future after all.

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      April 5, 2012 9:31 AM

      I'M OVER IT!

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      April 5, 2012 9:33 AM

      The Rachni are going to do a song and dance scene on their home planet.

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      April 5, 2012 9:57 AM

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        April 5, 2012 10:01 AM

        I think it's probably a little of both. MS seems like they've been slightly giving in to different games that needed special treatment. Bioware/EA are also quite huge so they probably have some sway.

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        April 5, 2012 10:01 AM

        Huh? IIRC, Valve released DLC for free on the 360.

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          April 5, 2012 10:24 AM

          For some reason MS wouldn't allow Valve to release L4D content for free on XBL or the first Portal mini expansion (prime user maps). Left a bad taste in their mouth as they have completely flip flopped on their position against PS3.

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        April 5, 2012 11:34 AM

        If I had to guess it is either that EA is such a big company that they have an easier time trying to get free DLC, or perhaps that Valve wanted to ONLY release free dlc, whereas this will probably be the only free dlc that ME3 gets.

        Plus they have the whole microtransactions in ME3, so I'd guess that would make up the lost sales from this free dlc.

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        April 5, 2012 3:26 PM

        If it is available for free on PS3, it can also be free on 360

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      April 5, 2012 10:06 AM

      I'm not sure how they are going to explain why Sovereign needed to travel to the Citadel to activate the relay in ME1 when the 'starchild' is the Citadel.

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        April 5, 2012 10:15 AM

        They child was the creator of the cycle, his role was to observe the cycle not effect it. That way the possibility could occur where the cycle is broken.

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        April 5, 2012 11:03 AM

        If the reapers didn't know about the crucible, then it's entirely possible they didn't know about the star child?

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        April 5, 2012 11:10 AM

        I'm still amazed by all the whiners who do not realize it was all a dream. He's shooting in slow-mo ffs, with unlimited ammo. All of the sudden, Hacket knows he's alive (even though he said everyone was wiped out), Anderson getting up to the platform before Shep without alternative entrance, etc.

        You're stupid, I'm sorry. :)

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          April 5, 2012 11:14 AM

          Wait, you actually think the "it was all a dream" style endings are actually good?

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          April 5, 2012 11:24 AM

          It's an illogical and rushed ending, caused by a late re-write with no input from most of the writing team - we already know this. If you want to pretend it was a dream that's perfectly fine, but it makes you deluded, not other people stupid.

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            April 5, 2012 2:02 PM

            Well, if you got half a brain (you obviously don't) you can see from the first time you meet Harbringer in the child form that Sheps' indoctrinated. If you have read the books it's really obvious. You even get to see the same trees as in the dreams, when you run for the Crucible. That's 2 points out of several dozen, but I won't try to convince some stubborn internet whiner that it's true.

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              April 5, 2012 2:12 PM

              You should read and listen to some interviews with the producer and writers, it's pretty clear what their intentions were. They have flat out stated that they played with the indoctrination idea but rejected it.

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                April 5, 2012 2:41 PM

                Yep, in the officially sanctioned behind the scenes book by Keighley, the writers and Hudson explicitly state that they dabbled with the indoctrination idea and decided not to do it in the end.

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                  April 5, 2012 3:23 PM

                  That's not true. The full quote from The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 is, "And even in November the gameplay team was still experimenting with an endgame sequence where players would suddenly lose control of Shepard's movements and fall under full Reaper control. (This sequence was ultimately dropped because the gameplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices.)"

                  The gameplay was changed, the story was not. The truth about the finale is that Shepard is fighting indoctrination. What that means in regards to the Crucible, the Reaper threat, and galactic civilization is anyone's guess. We won't know until this DLC comes out.

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                    April 5, 2012 4:52 PM

                    I love how you indoctrinationers act like you have all the facts

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                      April 5, 2012 5:44 PM

                      Nowhere in my statement did I act like I had all the facts. The indoctrination ending is the ending; it fits everything we know. It's not a flawless ending, it does not conclude the final battle on Earth, if the Crucible worked, etc. If you can come up with an alternative other than name calling I'm all ears, but doubtful.

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                      April 5, 2012 10:51 PM

                      It's no different than any standard conspiracy theory.

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                        April 6, 2012 6:08 AM

                        Right, except there is no "truth" because it's all fiction?

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                    April 5, 2012 8:40 PM

                    Did you actually read the book? Everything that Mac says, including his notes, don't support your theory at all.

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        April 5, 2012 11:14 AM

        theyre definitely not going that far back

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      April 5, 2012 10:12 AM

      Come on Indoctrination Theory!

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      April 5, 2012 10:55 AM

      It's going to be a 15 minute video of Casey Hudson explaining how they panicked when the rough cut was leaked and they were getting slammed online.

      Instead of just continuing work like normal, they completely scrapped the old plot then tried to go in a different direction at the last second because they thought they were fucking prostars. However, instead of everything being rainbows and unicorns, they ran out of time instead.

      Hence they had to cut corners resulting in a game that slowly becomes increasingly incoherent into the final third of the game coming to a head with an incredibly sloppy ending based off a half-baked idea that they threw together when it became apparent there was no time left at all.

      He'll also apologize for the DLC character, which was originally planned to be an even more major character than he already is, but had to removed due to running out time which resulted in the critical mission arc being reordered and reworked for the worse noting that there were actually many planned plot points and missions that had to be cut in an even more severe fashion.

      Then he'll conclude his video telling us how he knew it was fucking stupid and there's really nothing Bioware can do to fix it other than spending another year or more reworking the game and even that probably won't help given their original work is already in people's minds, so he's sorry and hopes that everyone will have it in them to forgive this one fuck-up and move on.

      Or he could just tack on a bunch of bullshit that makes it even more retarded trying to maintain his own delusions that the entire premiss of the ending wasn't inane and call it Mass Effect Revolutions: The Path of Shepard.

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      April 5, 2012 11:23 AM

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        April 5, 2012 12:11 PM

        people don't have a problem with the artistic vision of the ending... it's the bad logic, writing, and cohesiveness with the rest of the series.

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        April 5, 2012 12:22 PM

        what is that shitty last line?

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          April 5, 2012 12:25 PM

          IT'S COMING! OH GOD!

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          April 5, 2012 12:35 PM

          Lame attempt to pander to Game of Thrones fans.

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            April 5, 2012 12:36 PM

            what an out of place reference

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            April 5, 2012 12:39 PM

            Winter ?

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            April 5, 2012 12:55 PM

            Or the dude who wrote it is a Game of Thrones fan, and threw it in there to be clever/cute/funny/whatever.

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      April 5, 2012 11:46 AM

      I never asked for this... no wait!

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      April 5, 2012 12:09 PM

      Curious how they can pull this off as they pretty much need to remove key parts of the current cinematics to even begin to make any sense

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      April 5, 2012 12:11 PM

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        April 5, 2012 12:34 PM

        that epilogue thing is pretty much all people wanted the lick thing is good too

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          April 5, 2012 1:20 PM

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            April 5, 2012 11:39 PM

            If ME3 had delivered a dynamic ending like that it would take 2012 GOTY easily and develop a cult following even more persistent than Baldur's Gate or KOTOR, lasting well into the next generation. ME would have become the new standard for story based RPGs.

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        April 5, 2012 3:22 PM

        whoa, that epilogue builder is pretty damn neato

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          April 5, 2012 3:26 PM

          oh my fucking god this is 10 times better than the Bioware ending. what the fuck.

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            April 5, 2012 4:36 PM

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              April 5, 2012 4:40 PM

              Did you see the one where he gets a documentary and children's animated series about him, spawning a huge line of clothing, toys, and action figures?

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              April 5, 2012 9:35 PM

              That was hilarious when I was walking around Normandy before the final mission and decided to drop by and see Garrus. The airlock doors slide open to reveal him and Tali starting to exchange air through the emergency orifice. They backed off and tried explaining themselves. I just stood there and laughed in my head. Never uttering a word. Then I walked away.

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        April 5, 2012 4:47 PM

        Entertaining

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        April 5, 2012 6:37 PM

        That was awesome!

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        April 5, 2012 11:30 PM

        Both links are great but that build your own ME3 ending was especially excellent although it does serve to remind me just how poor the real ending was and how badly Bioware's writers screwed up. They should be ashamed for ruining such a great series right at the finish line and I don't think any extended cutscenes will help them. They won't be able to wash away this stain on their reputation until they deliver and finish out another story driven game that's at the quality level of KOTOR or ME1 and ME2. Dragon Age 3 isn't going to help them so I think the shadow of ME3 is going to hang over the Bioware brand for a while.

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      April 5, 2012 12:11 PM

      I am goddamn shocked. I genuinely didn't expect them to do this, or make it free.

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      April 5, 2012 1:10 PM

      I really don't have high hopes for this. Simply trying to further explain things isn't going to solve the major issues with the ending. They should have just stuck to their guns and let it blow over. My guess is that they can't outright change the direction they've started on because future games depend on the foundation they're laying out.

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        April 5, 2012 1:42 PM

        I'll watch it on Youtube to see where they go with it.

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        April 5, 2012 1:54 PM

        Honestly, I really think the only major inexcusably bad part of the ending is all the nonsense with the Normandy. It just doesn't make any goddamn sense at all. The rest, even the silly colors and catalyst shit, while not at all the narrative direction that fits the series, at least is coherent.

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          April 5, 2012 1:58 PM

          More assuming! You really thought the normandy scene was real?

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            April 5, 2012 2:08 PM

            While they could always decide that, I don't see why it wouldn't be, after all the it's not like the scene is from Shepherd's perspective. It's one thing to go with indoctrination or dream theories when talking about the experience on the Citadel and with the Catalyst...but once we're no longer seeing things from his/her perspective, claiming that everything they showed us wasn't real is a pretty huge cop out.

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            April 5, 2012 2:18 PM

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          April 5, 2012 3:15 PM

          I agree. It surprises me that no-one said "hey guys, where the fuck did the Normandy go?" when they were writing this. Although, if that post about how Casey Hudson (I think) wrote the ending by himself and didn't offer it up for review is true, it'd definitely explain what was going on.

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      April 5, 2012 1:37 PM

      regardless of whether it was intended or not, they would be fools not to adopt the indoctrination theory and extend the ending based on that.

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        April 5, 2012 1:57 PM

        How can they adopt it when that was the point all along?

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          April 5, 2012 2:04 PM

          You are going to be so very disappointed with this dlc.

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      April 5, 2012 2:53 PM

      Wow Alice, throwing countless jabs at your audience whilst informing them at the same time: is that a journalistic technique or do I need further clarity of your artistic vision of this article? From the way you describe it and the the majority of posts on Shacknews, to say "corners of the internet" were unhappy with the product they purchased is to understate it just a bit.

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        April 5, 2012 2:57 PM

        That damn Alice is just the worst.

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        April 5, 2012 2:59 PM

        Where do these people come from.

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        April 5, 2012 3:01 PM

        Well, they did sell over 2 million units already.

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        April 5, 2012 3:11 PM

        I DEMAND THAT THIS ARTICLE'S ENDING BE CHANGED!
        SIGNED HAMMAJAMA

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          April 5, 2012 3:14 PM

          I would like a post-article update with options on how it COULD end. Oh, and I would like it to be free, please.

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            April 5, 2012 4:13 PM

            until then you should report shacknews to the FTC and BBB

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        April 5, 2012 3:13 PM

        those countless jabs were sufficiently dry that they did not damage the journalistic structural integrity.

        Move along.

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        April 5, 2012 4:01 PM

        No, it seems pretty accurate to me. I'm confident in my assessment.

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          April 5, 2012 4:27 PM

          Fair enough. Suffice it to say that there are those of us that believe that the ending was not what was promised to us and that voiced their opinions and displeasure with their purchase to Bioware without complaining. I don't know if you feel that those that are unhappy with the ending have some legitimacy to their argument but if so, it feels a bit unfair to lump us in with those who'd complain no matter what. And sorry for the sarcasm in my earlier post.

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            April 5, 2012 8:21 PM

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            an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding: his complaint about poor schools.
            2.
            a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.


            http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/complaint?s=t

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            April 5, 2012 8:25 PM

            What, exactly, was promised to you? From what I was told it was "The end of Shepards story" which from what I saw when I played and finished Mass Effect 3, was what I got.

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            April 5, 2012 11:38 PM

            Oh just get the fuck out.

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          April 5, 2012 9:00 PM

          Yep, it's a good assessment.

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        April 5, 2012 8:42 PM

        seemed okay except the "whining reviews" line

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          April 5, 2012 11:17 PM

          Yeah. It is probably hard to find the right balance between reporting and commentary, but that was a mistake. Shit happens.

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          April 6, 2012 7:05 PM

          Yeah. I read it again and it wasn't as bad as I thought. I'm not sure why it rubbed me so wrong the first time.

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      April 5, 2012 3:06 PM

      "summer is coming"

      /facepalm

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      April 5, 2012 6:54 PM

      The ending is beyond terrible and needs to be completely redone. The god child machine should never have been introduced, especially since his existence makes the first Mass Effect game's plot nonsensical. The mass relays should be intact,. Since if they're not, all of our choices in the previous games are made meaningless. Those are the two major things that need to be addressed, before we can get to a few epilogues explaining what happens after Shepherd dies. There are other things that just don't make sense, like the IM managing to get onto the Citadel, and old man Anderson making it while no one else in the entire assault force, including your teammates, is able to.

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        April 5, 2012 9:44 PM

        use spoilers man. Let people be disappointed playing the game. Though they should also be collapsing this thread but you can't assume that either.

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          April 6, 2012 3:06 AM

          The whole article is about the ending, chill.

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        April 6, 2012 3:05 AM

        The first Mass Effects plot? Eh. It makes all of them nonsensical. Why would TIM have to warn the Reapers that the Citadel is the Catalyst if the Catalyst is controlling the Reapers? Sovereigns dialogs are also stupid in ME1 if all they wanted to do was save organics from synthetics.

        If the 30 or so plotholes that are introducted at the end are real, then BioWare really screwed up this time. But I doubt that. We'll see.

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      April 5, 2012 7:11 PM

      i hope i dont have to play the last couple hours of the game again to watch this because i really dont want to go through the cerberus base and all of Earth all over again

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        April 5, 2012 7:40 PM

        There is a autosave right after you get hit by harbinger before you go to the citadel.

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      April 5, 2012 8:30 PM

      Sounds like a good choice. Adding in some desperately needed epilogue information is a great idea.

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      April 5, 2012 9:41 PM

      This is exactly the right choice. I thought the ending was emotional, impactful, and overall very well written and well done like the rest of the game. BUT yes it could use more added to the end to explain things further and bring closure. I think rather than creating a sad empty feeling, this change would make it a bit more triumphant. Hopefully it will deliver.

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      April 6, 2012 10:20 PM

      They can spin it all they want.

      The fact of the matter is; a turd is still a turd, no matter how much you polish it.

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