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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]
Figures... A shame fans have to pay extra to experience something so important lore-wise, and now it may have been on the disk the whole time! I guess it's expected now-a-days...
Well, that's confusing.
this is er it.going to not be a big deal in two to three weeks, so get ov
I figured it was already on the disc.
It's quite obvious Javik was in the original game but was cut for one reason or another.
I'm looking forward to their announcement explaining themselves about this. Should be a good read.
I can't believe that people defend these shenanigans. I'm gonna wait for the price of ME 3 to go down until I buy it. There's no way in hell that I'm going to spend what amounts to 70 dollars just to get the complete game especially with my current financial situation. These exploitative shenanigans cost them at least one sale.
By now, I'm not surprised by anything that EA / Bioware do. Bioware had my respect once, and I considered them one of my favorite developers, but now I have nothing left for them, and it looks like EA has ruined them for what they once were.
this guy is a revolutionary!
Woah... I mean, in all fairness, there were several cuts made in the editing of that video, but still... I really hope it's not true, but I can't say I'll be too surprised if it is..
I don't think its that big of a deal, if you're a really big mass effect fan you bought the collector's edition and got it for free. It's only 10 dollars and I'm more than happy to pay for it and support Bioware. If $10 is a really big deal to you maybe you shouldn't be buying video games in the first place.
The Collector's Edition was sold out and I was sad but then I realized it was a total rip-off. I just paid the 800 points for the DLC and I'm fine with it. People take any opportunity they can to complain about anything. I'd be ashamed to be such a tool that I publicly whine about how a company chooses to roll out their DLC-- the fact that people aren't just shows how pathetic they're daily lives probably are.
When you consider that the same kind of DLC has been free for new games in the past, you know it's BS. It has to stop.