The Internet as a whole agrees on very few things: basically, Nazis are bad (and often invoked), SOPA/PIPA was bad, and man, the Mass Effect 3 ending was bad.* Showing that Hell has no wrath like an e-horde scorned, Bioware announced today that it would be releasing a new, totally free "Extended Cut" DLC this summer that adds new cinematic ending sequences and scenes to give disgruntled ME3 fans "deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."
While the team stands behind their original creative vision, in the end, Bioware didn't want to disappoint its "most passionate fans." Executive producer Casey Hudson says the DLC will put the focus back on the Commander Shepard that you, yourself have crafted over the course of the series:
We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player
Sounds good, and as an optional DLC rather than a mandatory download, folks who were fine with the original ending won't have a revisionist history shoved down their throats. Win-win! Once the Extended Cut DLC goes live, make sure you download it before this time next year; the press release says that the "offer expires April 12, 2014," whatever the hell that means.
In somewhat related news, EA -- BioWare's parent company -- was recently announced as
2012's "Worst Company in America
" winner, as chosen by voters at The Consumerist.
*Sad, sorry disclaimer: I haven't actually beaten the single player game yet due to my addiction to ME3's multiplayer mode. And I just don't want Mass Effect to end!