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UPDATE: EA has provided us with the following official statement in response to allegations that the "From Ashes" day one DLC for Mass Effect 3 was on the disc:
"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."
ORIGINAL STORY: From angry fans to defensive developers, everyone seems to have an opinion on Mass Effect 3's day one downloadable content and whether or not it's acceptable. The latest update comes from a fan claiming to have proof that the squad member unlocked in the DLC was on the disc from the start.
Responding to statements from BioWare saying that the "From Ashes" DLC content was not worked on until after Mass Effect 3 was completed and thus couldn't be included on the disc, YouTube user lljkceski created the video below. In it, the fan claims that by changing a single line of code in the PC version of Mass Effect 3, you can unlock the Prothean squadmate for play without downloading the DLC.
You can watch the video below to see the evidence and decide for yourself if you think its damning. Keep in mind that at this point it's basically BioWare's word versus random fan's word -- either way, you're trusting someone without full knowledge of what went on behind the scenes.
For now, I've reached out to EA and BioWare to see if they have any further comments on the day one DLC or the allegations made in this video. I'll update this post if I hear anything back.
[Thanks to Duraigo for the tip]
Let's ignore the DLC and complain about the graphical bugs and online relocking of characters.
If one more person of my crew turns their head 180 degrees to interact with me, I'm going to go nuts.
No matter what, people LOVE to complain. This seems pretty legit, but I'm not gonna pour more fuel on the fire.
is focking nice
I don't know what the truth is, but it's hard to complain about more Mass Effect.
That's understandable; and honestly with how early on you can get the Prothean in the game I would prefer to have it day one than a month later when I've already beaten it or close to it.
This is why i'm not buying it new, I'll wait for a poor sucker to pay full price for it.
This is sickening. Who gives a *** if they realeased day one DLC. Seriously I'm hoping to finish the game on the disc tonight, and then I'm going to go through it again. And I will be going through this game many times. It was $60 well spent. The DLC is nothing. I can't believe people are b*tching about spending $10, it's pathetic. Don't buy the *** DLC then. There is tons to do in what came on the disc, the game is huge. And seriously GI, stop encouraging this garbage.
Ok whatever. Just let it rest. EA dont bungle like this again.
Tsk... It's you guys becoming greedy when asking for sth free. Does anyone want to give out sth for free when you tried hardly to make it? Besides, it was a good deal in begin with. If you don't want to pay a day-1 DLC, don't buy it. It's simple choice, why making it more complicating?
I didn't get the dlc
Honestly, does it really matter if the EA included D1DLC on the game disc and then charged you money for it? Like, really, does that actually matter? They are selling a product, and you are buying that product of your own volition. When you drop the money for that title, you're agreeing to purchase the product as is.
The DLC is not in any way required to complete the primary campaign located on the disc, am I right? So it's not as if you could ever legally charge EA with selling you an inferior, broken, or unplayable product.
While it may be a bit unscrupulous, EA has every right to nickel-and-dime the crap out of their players if they choose to (even though I don't think that's what's going on here). If you don't like it, don't buy the game. Don't buy that software anymore. Don't download any future DLC. If enough of you vote this way, with your pocket books, EA will be forced to make a change. And if it turns out that you're an extremely vocal, but negligibly small minority, then you ended up missing out on a fantastic gaming experience for the sake of proving a point.
D'you think they could have avoided this nonsense if they'd released the DLC on day two? /wry
And again, everyone complaining just STFU!