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BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC

A post to the BioWare Social Network addresses reaction to the recent leak of details on From Ashes, a day-one DLC pack for Mass Effect 3. With some suggesting a boycott over the news (thanks Jason via PCWorld), BioWare's Mike Gamble wants it understood that this content was developed after the game:

As most of you know, yesterday there was a leak that revealed the upcoming DLC “ME3:From Ashes” on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. This leak took place before we were prepared to make an announcement about the details of that pack (slated for this Friday). There has been a lot of discussion about the DLC offering but we wanted to clarify a few things...

- “From Ashes” includes the Prothean squad mate, an adventure on Eden Prime, a new weapon, and an alternate appearance for every squad mate. Note that these alternate appearances are in addition to the ones already advertised in the CE.

- The Collectors Edition has been advertised from the beginning as containing a bonus character/mission, but we were not at liberty to provide the details. The Prothean is optional content that is certainly designed to appeal to long-time fans, which is why he is part of the CE offering (the version many fans would be likely to purchase). Mass Effect 3 is a complete – and a huge game - right out of the box.

- The content in “From Ashes” was developed by a separate team (after the core game was finished) and not completed until well after the main game went into certification.

- The Collectors Edition has been sold out in most places for some time now, and is becoming very hard to find (many players prefer not to purchase the digital version). As such, we wanted to make this content available so that SE buyers could also incorporate the Prothean into their game.

We’ll be releasing some images and video about this pack in the coming days.

As always, we are extremely thankful for all of your support. We pulled out all of the stops to make Mass Effect 3 the best game ever, and we can't wait for you all to experience it.

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28. Re: BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC Feb 24, 2012, 11:47 Tumbler
 
I don't actually agree with any of these. All these DLCs came out LONG after the main game, so in that case I think it's clear they were developed after the main game shipped. i have no problem with those, especially since I quite enjoyed all of these.

I don't know about Kasumi. I don't recall exactly when that one showed up but the length of it seemed to reek of something created during development and there was already a spot in the squad lineup for her... (least there was when i played the game)

I totally agree that the from Ashes DLC is almost identical to the Zaeed DLC that was included with a new purchase of mass effect 2. They are clearly taking that same content out completely this time and asking gamers to pay extra if they want it. Either extra via the CE or extra via a direct DLC purchase.

Based on what they did in Mass Effect 2 I guess we can expect there to be a 2nd squad mate the purchase in this way? I wouldn't mind either of these if they'd built them to be used on a 2nd play through. The whole "you can buy this to use on your first playthrough" really sucks.
 
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