Almost immediately after its release, Mass Effect 3 was inundated with criticism over its anticlimactic ending(s). No doubt the game’s creators were caught completely unawares, especially when even the Better Business Bureau not-officially recognized the possibility that BioWare had committed false advertising. This caused BioWare to scramble and produce an Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3’s, and thus the entire Mass Effect series’, ending. As it happens, that expanded conclusion comes out tomorrow, June 26.
First and foremost, let’s settle this right away: the downloadable content will be free of charge; however, it will also be
1.21 1.9 jiggowats gigabytes. Suffice to say, I’m going to need to clear up some space. But BioWare has also seen fit to assuage your possible fears anyway, by announcing that…
“The Extended Cut expands on the endings of Mass Effect 3 through additional scenes and epilogue sequences. 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 Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.” (Emphasis mine.)
Apparently, though, the decision you may have made in your initial playthrough could not matter. That is, you’ll have a chance to make that decision again — or change it — because the Extended Cut will start on the Cerberus Base just before the final mission begins. BioWare also promises that multiple playthroughs with different Shepard’s making different decisions will be reflected in those new cut scenes and epilogue sequences. So, it sounds like they’re finally giving us what we always wanted: not our preferred ending, but an actual conclusion that rewards the players’ years worth of efforts.
So, for one more day at least we can guess as to whether the Indoctrination Theory is true, or whether it’s just the best fan fiction in the history of ever. What’s Indoctrination Theory? Behold:
It will be interesting to see if anyone is actually satisfied, no matter what they do. Unless it’s just more colors…
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his wares can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He’s glad that at least the controversy over the ending will finally be over, because even if you’re unsatisfied after this, demanding more is just pulling a Cartman. And Cartman is evil, m’kay.