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Mass Effect 3 'Extended Cut' coming Tuesday

Mass Effect 3's "Extended Cut" DLC will hit next Tuesday, June 26, for North America.

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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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    June 22, 2012 10:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Mass Effect 3 'Extended Ending' coming Tuesday.

    Mass Effect 3's "Extended Cut" DLC will hit next Tuesday, June 26, for North America.

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      June 22, 2012 10:35 AM

      I really like the original Mass Effect 3 ending. I never understood the fanboy need for total clarity and simplicity. Its the kind of attitude that really limits games as an art form.

      But -- damnit --- more Mass Effect 3? Yeah, I'll play it.

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        June 22, 2012 10:35 AM

        ... Woosh!

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        June 22, 2012 11:01 AM

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        June 22, 2012 11:29 AM

        Posts like this make me think that people don't really understand that "games as an art form" shouldn't be negotiated in the same way that music, film, or books where authorial intent is held to be sacrosanct.

        Hell, even in the aforementioned forms of media, there is still interpretation. I mean, one could argue that there can be interpretation in ME3, but the ending also ended up being severely limiting to player agency, which, I think is one of the core strengths to games as art.

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        June 22, 2012 11:32 AM

        They broke their promise with the end they said it wouldn't be an A, B, or C ending but it was. They said we would have completely different endings but no, 3 endings that everyone got and there is barely any difference between the 3 endings. No I'm not raging I'm just saying why people are pissed and that is only two reasons.

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        June 22, 2012 1:02 PM

        I can understand how you might like the ending...if you only played it one time. Once you see "another" ending and find out that no matter which choice you make, the end is the same (leaving the question of why they even made us choose a color!", it's hard not to be disappointed.

        Also, the bullshit Normandy scene.

        I could care less about getting "total clarity" for all my little shipmates. I just want some of the plot holes and stupid internal logic fixed.

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          June 22, 2012 2:11 PM

          I don't think I could understand why anyone would like that ending even having only played it once. It's not that it was just full of plot holes and didn't represent your character's actions.. it was plain old dumb. Very clearly rushed in my opinion.

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        June 23, 2012 12:59 AM

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          June 23, 2012 4:07 AM

          Exactly. The plotholes in the story are so many it just brings down the quality.

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      June 22, 2012 10:37 AM

      This should time up well with my current playthrough.

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      June 22, 2012 10:53 AM

      I still love how Casey "3 lights" Hudson is claiming the fans just want "clarity" and not a different ending.

      There is no way you can clarify an ending that was completely disassociated with the preceding 3 games worth of story. Oh I actually made peace between a synthetic and organic race? BRRRRP NO. Oh I made a shitload of choices and expect something other than the same ending with a different colour filter? BRRRRP NO.

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        June 22, 2012 10:55 AM

        EA are never going to admit that people are pissed at it.

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          June 22, 2012 11:21 AM

          I'll watch it on youtube. I ended up not buying any ME3 DLC because of the ending, hope other people did the same.

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            June 22, 2012 12:01 PM

            Most of the DLC so far has been free - and I suspect that most players either already bought the one paid DLC, or got it free in the Collector's Edition, long before they hit the ending...

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        June 22, 2012 12:50 PM

        To be fair, I think the complainers don't know what they really want but I think there were quite a few questions about "what happened to other characters" or "what happens after X"

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        June 22, 2012 2:46 PM

        Listen to the interview. Sounds like they're showing more consequences from stuff you did in the previous three, and showing a bit more of the aftermath. Works for me, jeez, people complain when they give out a free expanded ending?

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          June 22, 2012 10:03 PM

          Yeah, that's the only thing that matters! That it works for you.

          Maybe the complainers played all three games, and didn't like the crappy story in the third. I understand you complaining about others complaining though, it's the internet era of kiddos. :)

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      June 22, 2012 11:12 AM

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      June 22, 2012 11:16 AM

      hope it doesnt break saves hahahahahaha :)

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      June 22, 2012 11:29 AM

      Ugh...and I JUST started a Deus Ex HR playthrough, just killed Barrett. :( Man, I aint got time for Deusy, Crusader Kings 2 (which I'm addicted to) and a fresh ME2>ME3 playthrough.

      FML.

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      June 22, 2012 11:29 AM

      Where Bioware suggests you should begin re-playing your endgame is interesting: To experience the Extended Cut, load a save game from before the attack on the Cerberus Base and play through to the end of the game. The Extended Cut endings will differ depending on choices made throughout the Mass Effect series, so multiple playthroughs with a variety of different decisions will be required to experience the variety of possibilities offered by the new content.

      I wonder why?

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        June 22, 2012 11:32 AM

        Once you beat the game, it resets to directly before the assault on the last Cerberus base that locks you into the endgame. Probably to allow you to access the planned, other than the Extended Cut, DLC once it comes out.

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        June 22, 2012 11:35 AM

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        June 22, 2012 11:56 AM

        That's the point of no return. Once you start that mission, there is nothing left but the endgame. Everything is totally locked in. You can't get any more War Assets at all.

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        June 22, 2012 2:01 PM

        Not only apropos, but done by an awesome artist.

        Thank you. :)

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      June 22, 2012 12:51 PM

      Looking forward to seeing it on Youtube.

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        June 22, 2012 1:47 PM

        I kind of agree. I don't want to play through the least-fun part of the game again.

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        June 23, 2012 12:48 AM

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          June 23, 2012 1:09 AM

          I'm completely mystified by these posts.

          Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose? The new ending is tailored to YOUR own choices made across all 3 games. Why would you want to watch someone else's ending?

          The fact all endings were too similar was one of the main knocks against the original ending! And now that they've rectified the problem at our request, you're still choosing to watch some generic ending.

          I just can't understand it.

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          June 23, 2012 12:18 PM

          So the 40 or so hours before the last 5 minutes was no good? Get a grip, ffs.

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            June 23, 2012 12:45 PM

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              June 23, 2012 1:07 PM

              Haha, you Sir, are certainly a foolish man to say the least. ME3 was probably one of the best games I've played. Filled with epic moments and emotional resonance, despite a sour ending.

              What you do mindlessly do instead of eat up shit and call it gold is jump on the bandwagon with all the rest of the "sense of overwhelming entitlement" whiners and act like the ME3 ending is worse than the fucking Holocaust.

              I do believe it's you who need to "get a fucking grip".

              Fucking clownshoes.

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      June 23, 2012 12:34 AM

      Just watched the video.

      Once again the shitty, outdated tech of the CrapBOX360 limits us. You best believe this would be more significant without that "2gb download limit on the 360".

      Fucking console kiddies man, God, GO BUY A PC FFS!!!

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        June 23, 2012 12:36 AM

        Hah, "a lot of fans wanted us to start from scratch but...well...we can't do that, we wouldn't know how to write that".

        Read :- "we couldnt do that because the 360 sucks and won't let us as it would take more gigabytage than that thing could handle, sorry"

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        June 23, 2012 2:53 AM

        Yeah, even with compression 2GB fits hardly anything! whut?

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        June 23, 2012 3:19 AM

        Its not exactly a expansion pack that needed tons of new content. Most of the content barring the new dialogue and cutscenes will already be installed. I really don't see how the limit of 2GB is worth getting angry about when you consider most games are between 4GB-8GB average. Mass Effect 3 on PC is 10GB so exactly how much bigger do you need a patch to be.

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        June 23, 2012 11:26 AM

        You mad bro?

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        June 24, 2012 4:48 PM

        Either I have having a *woosh* moment, or you are bitching about "entitled" folks one post above this, yet are stepping on the classic entitled PC gamer soapbox here. You....are a confusing person.

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      June 23, 2012 1:49 AM

      I disagree with Casey Hudson on his statement. I would have liked to have had REAL separate endings that had a good/bad survival/non-survival options available. I really don't like the way the whole cut-out ending was done. I wanted more variation than "pick 1 of 3 and the color changes" with a simple 2 minute ending sequence. It really didn't feel like from the telling, that I had any choice in the way that it ended. It was a poorly thought and felt like a very ham-fisted way to end the series.

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        June 24, 2012 3:40 PM

        Worked out just fine for Deus Ex.

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          June 25, 2012 9:12 AM

          Not really, in my opinion being able to choose your ending kind of nullifies the point of the game for me. You should make the choices but it should be done at various stages or plot branches. In Deus Ex case they at least made the endings distinct and differed based on philosophies.

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      June 24, 2012 5:43 AM

      I guess they could afford to fix the ending for free, what with the $800-some dollars of preorder offers they had.

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      June 24, 2012 12:56 PM

      i stopped playing the game in anticipation of them fixing the ending.

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