It would appear that we may finally be able to close this chapter on the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy as BioWare is getting ready to deliver the promised ‘Extended Cut’ DLC in hopes that it’ll satisfy the fans out there upset with how the game ended. The better news? It’s free. Get ready for a busy June 26th as you’ll get a taste of Skyrim’s Dawnguard expansion as well. But that’s for a different article.
The Extended Cut is BioWare’s attempt to expand on the highly controversial ending to Commander Shepard’s tale by adding in additional scenes and epilogue sequences. This also means that it’ll give gamers a better sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions that were made including successes and failures based on what you’ve done. Bioware also wants to note that this won’t change the ending, only expand upon it.
If you’re wondering if you’ll need to play through the game again or get a cinematic option from the menu, the quick answer is you’ll need to reload a save from before the attack on the Cerberus Base.
Personally, I’m hoping BioWare can really pull this off, but my realistic side thinks it’ll be an impossible task. Mass Effect has always been a series that lets you play how you wanted and also let you make your own connections with the world. How can you really define an endpoint to a series that many people have such unique and personal experiences with? Now, I’m not saying they can’t pull it off, but I just find that to be very hard to do when you’re trying to please everyone. I will admit that I didn’t think the ending was as good as it could have been but I certainly wasn’t left feeling angry about it. I’m hoping that at the very least, this DLC can live up to the already astronomically high expectations of gamers out there. Frankly, this very well may be a lose-lose situation.