BioWare has announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a free download that will add “additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes” to the ending. It will launch this summer, for PS3, 360 and PC.
According to BioWare, the idea of Extended Cut is to provide players “seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes”.
BioWare boss Ray Muzyka: “We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team.
“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.”
Executive producer Casey Hudson then added: “We have reprioritized 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.”
In all honesty, I’m not all that happy about the decision to alter/add anything to the ending on the back of pressure from players. The original game will undoubtedly become compromised from the open-ended, question-generating, thoughtful conclusion that it is to something cut-and-dry that leaves nothing open to interpretation.
At least, that’s my expectation given the type of pressure BioWare are reacting to in the face of “fans” that want “closure”. Hopefully I’m going to be proven wrong.
You can listen to what we think of the current ending in our special edition Mass Effect 3 podcast.

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