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DLC is once again the subject of contention, as BioWare and Electronic Arts find themselves working to explain the game's $10 day-one content to a skeptical audience. As executive producer Casey Hudson explained in a series of tweets, work on the game's From Ashes DLC began after Mass Effect 3 proper was completed.
In a series of tweets, Mass Effect 3's Casey Hudson explained how the game's day-one DLC was scheduled:
"It takes about 3 months from "content complete" to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs. In that time we work on DLC."DLC has fast cert and no mfg., so if a team works very hard, they can get a DLC done in time to enjoy it with your 1st playthrough on day 1."On #ME3, content creators completed the game in January & moved onto the "From Ashes" DLC, free w/ the CE or you can buy seperately."
It's a nice reminder to some folks that games aren't finished the night before they arrive on shelves; there are often months between when a game is essentially done and when it can be sold. If a team can roll right into work on DLC, it certainly makes sense.
But it also raises another issue: Why did BioWare or EA decide that this aspect of the story (a pretty darned important one, too) was best told in a series of side missions? We'll find out in a little more than a week.
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Bioware... The inventors of the buy our crappy overpriced 1 hour extra playtime DLC for 15 bucks through this NPC (Dragon Age).
Dragon Age caused me not to buy Mass Effect 2 untill well over a year I could pick it up from the bargainbin while they had a 50% off on all DLC promotion. Still ended up paying a total of artound 40-50 bucks (cant remember exactly) but at least I ended up with the complete game.
Will do that again I guess.
I am sick of all the game "review" industry apologists kissing ass and excusing for these guys. The simple fact of the matter is, this is important content THAT IS ALREADY FINISHED, and we are still about two weeks ahead of the release. Why are they charging for this one again? Good luck answering that, game informer, lol.
NO NO NO ITS CALL OF DUTY ALL OVER AGAIN!
If "hardcore" gamers don't already know this something is wrong. Very wrong. Obviously the game must be completed, quality tested, manufactured, and the shipped & sold. I'm all for day one DLC. More game = more fun.
I can dig it.
Another interesting bit of opinion... Multiplayer was added due to the fact that ME3 won't really have room for much single player DLC (excluding guns and things) so this way they will have an avenue to continue making money on DLC (through the Multiplayer store).
At least it's not as bad as Gears of War 3 was.
I already wasn't going to buy Mass Effect 3, due to Mass Effect 2 completely screwing up the story due to switch of writers, but now I have another legitimate reason. Retconning a Prothean to life is bad enough, but cutting him out of the game just to sell to gullible gamers is just disgusting.
As unpopular as this post will be, I say who cares?
We all love our games so much we feel these companies owe us something, that we get all bent out of shape everytime something like this happens. If you are that upset, then don't buy it. This is simply a product of the economic way of life, supply and demand in a way. EA knows people will want this, so they are charging for it. But in no way is this content OWED to any of us, no matter how many N7 tattoos or Liara T'soni hentai pics you have on your computer.
At the end of the day it comes off as a "I want this but don't want to pay for it," rant.
I want showtime and cinemax, content my cable company won't let come through my box because I don't pay for it. More or less, the same rule applies here.
Or are we hoping if we all fold our arms and stomp our feet like two year olds we will all get the toy we want..
I'd find this less irritating had I been able to actually purchase the CE when I pre-ordered the game over a month ago.
And yet people are still going to whine and b*tch.
there is only one explenaition GREED!
Huh. I wish that it was free.
That really does nothing to explain why they're charging $10 for it or why they couldn't have just taken the time to include it in the game.