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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]
I am not a programmer, so I am completely ignorant if what he did was legitimate of hocus-pocus. Regardless, he didn't really show that much. All I saw was that the character appeared in the characters select screen. The DLC has a lot of dialogue throughout the game from the DLC. I am not an apologist by any means, but this proved little.
Best way to know if this is real: All PC gamers go in and change what he did. You'll know if it is true or not.
Who gives a ***. Pay, don't pay. Just enjoy the damn game.
then what the hell did i download? a crappy ending?
If this is true, Bioware wont ever get my money again.
BOYCOTT!!!! THAT WILL SHOW THEM!!!
in my opinion, even IF bioware was right, and it wasnt ready for disc in time, the fact that it was done for day one release, imo, shouldve just been a free dlc.
im not saying ALL dlc needs to be that way, but when dlc is ready day ONE, i think it should be free /shrug
Kinda makes sense since both the downloadable characters in me2 were bone dry on content. There weren't even cutscenes with them on the Normandy. With Javik, there are cutscenes on the Normandy with him and he seems like a pretty integral part of me3. I'll be upset about it since this would be a pretty bad thing to do to customer if this is true. But chances are this will remain a mystery forever.
It's just ridiculous to charge people for parts of a game included on disc, and on day one for that matter.
I wanna see how EA/Bioware are going to respond to this because honestly if the "From Ashes" DLC content was already on the disc and they charged people $10 for that content then that's terrible.
ha the big lebowski song
Just a character not mission I'm more worried about the mission
Why in the world is this becoming so big? This isn't strange for gaming at all!
Get. Over. It. We don't know the process of game makers. Its probably more complicated than we know. Maybe the dlc was planned for a later date, but they finished it earlier than expected. If you look at the CE code for the dlc inside, it does say the dlc will be available shortly and to check bioware's site to see.