Mass Effect 3 DLC Allegations?
Fuming fans? Defensive developers? Seems like a bit too much drama for a DLC download that costs only $10. So what’s the scandalous story with Mass Effect 3’s latest downloadable content?
A fan claims that he has proof that the squad member unlocked in the From Ashes DLC was on the disc from the start. All you would have to do is change one line of code (this is the PC version, mind you) and voilà, you would have the DLC already there and playable. No need to download anything. You can check out his rant video on YouTube here. Is this true? Hard to say - I don’t know if this man is telling the truth, nor to do I know anything about coding.
What’s got people so angry is that Ea and BioWare had said that From Ashes was not worked on until after Mass Effect 3 was completed, so it would not be possible that it would be on the disc. However, if “lljkceski” (the YouTube account name of the fan) and his accusation are valid, then that would mean the companies lied. A bit disappointing since I’m a huge lover of their work, but again it is their word against some random guy - who really knows what the actual story is?
According to Game Informer, EA released an official statement in response to these allegations:
"From Ashes is a 600 MB+ download with all new content, including the mission on Eden Prime, new dialogue options and conversations with Javik, new cinematics, the Prothean weapon, and new appearances for all squad members. All of the above content was completed while the main game was in certification and are not available on the disc.
"As stated previously, in order to seamlessly integrate Javik into the core campaign, certain framework elements and character models needed to be put on disc. We did something similar with Zaeed and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2."
I honestly don’t care about spending a few extra dollars for a franchise that I love - I’m a fan of Mass Effect, and I want to support the companies. That’s why I got the N7 Collector’s Edition - I don’t mind shelling out a little more money for extra content that I think is worth it. And honestly, it is BioWare and EA’s business if they want to make some more money - cause in the end, that’s what they’re trying to do. Sure they want to make quality video games, but they also want to walk away with a lot of profit. Either you get the DLC or don’t, no point in really complaining about it from that standpoint.
However, I would understand that some fans may hate the possibility that they may have been lied to. That would really disappoint me, as well. Again though, it all boils down to the company making bank.
What do you guys think?