BioWare has announced the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a free downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the conclusion of the Mass Effect trilogy.
Available this winter, the Extended Cut DLC will provide additional cinematic cut sequences and epilogue scenes intended to provide fans with "further clarity" and "greater insight" into the game's ending.
The move follows widespread fan outrage surrounding the series' conclusion.
“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team,” said BioWare's Dr. Ray Muzyka. “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.”
“We have reprioritised 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 personalised for each player,” added Casey Hudson, the series' executive producer.
In spite of the conclusion, Gameplanet's Matt Maguire said of Mass Effect 3, "Mass Effect 3 is the real deal, for this reviewer’s money the best game released in the last 12 months – and possibly the next 12, too."