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Mass Effect 3′s day one DLC developed post-game

Thursday, 23rd February 2012 02:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Mass Effect 3′s From Ashes DLC was not developed alongside the core game, series executive producer Casey Hudson has revealed.

“It takes about 3 months from ‘content complete’ to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs. In that time we work on DLC,” Hudson said on Twitter.

“DLC has fast [certification] and no [manufacturing], so if a team works very hard, they can get a DLC done in time to enjoy it with your 1st playthrough on day one. On ME3, content creators completed the game in January and moved onto the ‘From Ashes’ DLC, free with the [Collector's Edition] or you can buy separately.”

The developer’s interesting insight into BioWare’s activities may have been triggered by negative responses to the revelation of the From Ashes DLC yesterday; some fans raised concerns that the DLC was a piece of the core game, without which it could not be considered complete. Critics accused BioWare and EA of profiteering by not including the DLC with all new game purchases, but instead only with the widely sold-out Collector’s Edition.

BioWare’s associate producer Michael Gamble also tried to reassure fans on the developer’s official forums, by stating that the Prothean is “optional content” and backed up Hudson’s comment that From Ashes was “was developed by a separate team” and not completed “until well after the main game went into certification.”

“The Prothean is optional content that is certainly designed to appeal to long-time fans, which is why he is part of the CE offering,” he said. “The Collector’s Edition has been sold out in most places for some time now, and is becoming very hard to find (many players prefer not to purchase the digital version). As such, we wanted to make this content available so that [Standard Edition] buyers could also incorporate the Prothean into their game.

“Mass Effect 3 is a complete –- and a huge game — right out of the box. The content in From Ashes (after the core game was finished) and not completed until well after the main game went into certification.”

Hudson and Gamble’s comments seem to refute concerns raised by those feel DLC creation sucks resources out of core game development.

Highly anticipated RPG shooter hybrid Mass Effect 3 arrives on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in early March.

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10 Comments

  1. Hcw87

    I normally don’t care about Day 1 DLC as long as it’s included in all new copies, but this is just retarded. Any serious Mass Effect fan is going to feel compelled to buy this, since it’s *NEW* content. New character, new loyalty mission (probably) and new lore gained out of the character (also just speculation). Either way, this is a cheap way to milk more money out of the game.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Gheritt White

    I completely agree – I feel fucking cheated. Hopping mad, in fact! Having first-purchaser DLC is one thing and fair enough – if you buy a game second-hand, then it’s no surprise that pubs and devs would want a cut. But being asked to fork out for additional content to complete the game’s story when I’ve pre-ordered the bloody thing is fucking outrageous.

    This should be offered as free DLC to anyone who’s pre-ordered the game or buys it day one, that’d make actual sense.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    Well it was stated on the CE, DIgital Deluxe that there was a character and mission which the standard version didn’t so it was obvious. I am glad I got the CE.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sherif Saed

    There’s something missing here, this is a FUCKIN Prothean character
    this SHOULD be part of the game, this isn’t like Zaeed from ME2.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4 it is part of the game if you bought the LE version.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sherif Saed

    I am not going to, this should be part of the main game, even if I buy it 5 years after release.
    Simple really.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @6

    Apparently you don’t understand what Casey had said. WHen a game is done and sent for certification and to eventually be manufactured the studio has multiple teams sitting on their hands so they have them create DLC. If you look at the forums even bioware had said the character will be very much like the ones in ME2. WHich for me says they will not be as detailed or well written as the ones in the actual game. It comes to, do you want to have 8 members that were planned from the start or have a character that was thrown together in 3 month time?Zaeed and Kasumi were not as interesting as the characters that were part of the actual game.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Sherif Saed

    This will be put to the test, when the game comes out, really.
    I think this will be a plot-critical character, if it turns out otherwise then no loss.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    There was a script leak and he has no relevant part for example he doesn’t know about the reapers or collectors. He is not that important.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    A comment on the matter from BioWare’s associate producer Michael Gamble’s has been added.

    #10 2 years ago

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