BioWare has confirmed that it's going to release the Extended Cut DLC for Mass Effect 3 next week, on June 26, for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, completely free.
Mass Effect 3 came out back in March and, since then, there's been an ongoing debate among its fans about the ending, as many felt the decisions they were faced with at the story's conclusion didn't properly reflect their past actions.
While many wanted BioWare to completely rewrite the ending, the studio revealed that it will release a downloadable add-on called the Extended Cut which, while not rewriting the ending, should provide more clarity for players.
"Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Extended Cut will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers," BioWare said.
Now, the studio has confirmed that the DLC pack will be released next week, on June 26, for platforms like the PC and Xbox 360 all around the world, as well as for PlayStation 3 users in North America. PS3 owners from Europe, however, will have to wait until July 4 to experience the add-on, which weighs in at a whopping 1.9GB.
You can check out a few details about Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut below, thanks to an FAQ posted by BioWare on its website.
What is included in the Extended Cut? 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.
Does the Extended Cut change the 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.
What save game should I load to play the Extended Cut? [SPOILERS] To experience the Extended Cut, load a save game from before the attack on the Cerberus Base and play through to the end of the game. The Extended Cut endings will differ depending on choices made throughout the Mass Effect series, so multiple playthroughs with a variety of different decisions will be required to experience the variety of possibilities offered by the new content.
Until the DLC arrives next week, you can enjoy a video of Mass Effect 3 lead producer Casey Hudson, lead writer Marc Walters, and community manager Jessica Merizan below.