Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut Release Date

By Mr J Muffin, 4 years ago
When you've been scouring the internet for thousands of years such as I have, you'll come to find that opinions on most games are usually polarized. The one thing I have seen gamers come to a nearly unanimous agreement on, however, would be the ending to Mass Effect 3. The extreme lack of closure, the plot holes, the contradictions... the everything. When BioWare announced the "Extended Cut" DLC a couple months ago, the polarized opinions began to show up in force. Some felt like the ending was beyond repair and this was just wasted time and resources, while others felt a tiny glimmer of hope. Regardless of opinion, "Extended Cut" has been given a firm release date. Bioware has also taken some time to answer general questions about the new content:

How much is the Extended Cut?
The Extended Cut is available to download at no additional charge.

When does the Extended Cut release?
The Extended Cut will release on June 26th on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 in North America and July 4th for PlayStation 3 in Europe.

How large is the Extended Cut?
The Extended Cut requires roughly 1.9 gigabytes of storage.

How do I get the Extended Cut?
The Extended Cut can be downloaded from Xbox LIVE, Origin on PC, and PlayStation Network at no additional cost.

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.

Where can I learn more about the Extended Cut?
To learn more about the Extended Cut, please enjoy the Extended Cut interview podcast with Community Manager Jessica Merizan, Executive Producer Casey Hudson, and Lead Writer Mac Walters.
There you have it, Mass Effect fans. The time is near, very near. For those interested in the interview mentioned in the last questions, you can check it out by watching the video below:

Just as a recap, "Extended Cut" will be available June 26th for those in North America and Europe at a whopping price of zero Microsoft Points. Make sure you have 1.9GB of hard drive space left, and if you deleted your save files, now would be a good time to start up a new one and do a speedrun! Now, we must part ways, but not without one more gift!