Mass Effect 3 From Ashes DLC not shipped on disc

Sunday, 11th March 2012 22:19 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA has stepped on an Internet furore kicked up by a player claiming to have proof that Mass Effect 3′s day one DLC is included 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,” EA said in a statement given to GameInformer.

“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.”

An outraged fan has posted a video showing what is claimed to be the activation of the From Ashes DLC simply by changing one line of code in the PC version of the game.

The video sparked an outpouring of rage from users who maintain that the DLC is content cut from and essential to the core game, and who resent paying for it.

BioWare has said repeatedly that the DLC was developed post-certification. The developer has come under heavy fire for its release of day one DLC, but ex-BioWare staffer Christina Norman took the stage at GDC to defend the practice.

“There’s no point in releasing DLC a year after your game has come out when most people have already sold your game back to GameStop three times. That means getting it out early; that means even day-one DLC,” she said, according to Shack News.

“That is a terrible thing to some players. Players rant – they know nothing about this DLC that’s coming out except its name. But then it’s ‘oh this game must be incomplete, the game must be ruined.’ Game developers are not evil. (Some are evil.) But most are not evil.

“We just want to release awesome stuff. Players please, give us a chance. Judge our games based on what they are. Judge the DLC based on what it is. Stop thinking you’re a producer and telling us when and where we should be building our content.”

Mass Effect 3 is out now on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and is selling by the truckload. The game’s broad appeal has inevitably led to plenty of controversies, including a fan petition to change the ending.

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  1. f1r3storm

    The video just shows the character being unlocked, but not the mission from the DLC.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    I am so calling fake because for the practice if you do it with capcom game the “DLC” is a 10-30 MBs where you download the DLC for ME3 and its fucking 700 MBs, that is one hell of a line of code to shift things around. I am not an elite programmer but I am techie enough to tell the difference between installation, downloading and when something is just unlocking. If the uploader was so confident he would show the actual process on how to do it and not just showing using ctrl+f in the files, doing something and then showing Javik in his game.


    Javik is in fact on the Disk for PC but its place holder stuff. You just get the character but the mission, out of combat dialog is not there. This is what devs were talking about building the game with the idea of DLC. Without his dialog or mission its just an empty shell of a character.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Sini

    naa this is real, those terrible human beings, who pillage the seas, confirm. Which btw is fucking awesome narrative wise, and should have been in the original game.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    Did you no that its not illegal of you to hack the game so you can play any dlc which is on the disc.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. NeoSquall

    Bollocks, I had to download 500+Mb from Origin AFTER the game installation to have the From Ashes content.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    Updated with official denial from EA.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    “There’s no point in releasing DLC a year after your game has come out when most people have already sold your game back to GameStop three times.”

    This is the dumbest quote in human history. How is there no point about that, you moron? If gamers enjoy your game, they sure as hell will still download a dlc that comes out one year after the release.

    I can’t wait for CD Projekt Red to release the new content for Witcher 2. I’ll completely restart the game and enjoy it from start to finish. Again.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Uncontested

    Whiners gonna whine.

    Over all i enjoyed it… def not a 10/10 like some sites claim… more like a 7.7-8.2ish. Love all the cry babies bitching about day 1 DLC… seriously go fuck yourselves, such a joke trying to ruin the game on metacritic because youre mad about dlc… lmao.. go buy the N7 version then.

    Game was way to short for me.. and way to dumbed down.. miss the original mass effect.. (minus the shitty mako missions)

    Scanning planets tho.. that shit can eat a dick whether its for stupid resources or war assets.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. mr_krunchi

    “Stop thinking you’re a producer and telling us when and where we should be building our content.”

    No, I’m not the producer. I’m the consumer, the person who continues to put you in business as the producer. You’re supposed to make a good enough game so that consumers can feel good enough about their purchase. It shouldn’t be sold “back to Gamestop three times” if it’s worth it. (Which in fact, shouldn’t matter because you make us pay for your stupid Online Pass, so there goes that argument). It’s all a business matter of profiting as much as you can. When your analysts see how much anticipation the gamers have and pre-orders set up, of course the company can get more DLC profits at the launch date, plus any future customers, as it’ll always be out for purchase. But it shows how little Bioware cares about the fans and instead wanted to gain all possible profits in this third title. Plus, the DLC was incorporated in the middle of the story, not just a side mission that can be finished at the end. So disappointed.

    @8, You wouldn’t be able to understand. You’re not a true gamer. I can say that all true gamers actually draw a connection to developers and producers. Its like movie or book series. You expect/hope for more interesting things throughout the continuances, along with other great stories, which is why the authors/producers/developers become supported. But when you throw out trash like this, it truly does show how problematic it is for the gaming community to sustain that connection. Mass Effect was the game I drew that connection to, and even though I did pay for the DLC, I’m expecting to see this take trend. This isn’t going to be the final instance of day 1 DLC, which is why we should start becoming aware, upset, and actually do something about it.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Joe Musashi

    @9 “No, I’m not the producer. I’m the consumer, the person who continues to put you in business as the producer.

    Wrong. It’s the software publisher that finances what the producer does. And the publisher will determine whether the producer has done a good job on factors that a consumer won’t consider. Did the game come out on time? Did it come out on budget? Were development milestones hit? Etc. A good producer that meets the interests of the publisher will continue to find business.

    This rather illustrates the “Stop thinking you’re a producer” point – gamers/consumers make an awful lot of assumptions – typically to serve their own interests (See #4, for a good example). Most of these assumptions are way off target.

    Also “True Gamer” is a ridiculous label to validate an opinion with. It’s meaningless.


    #10 3 years ago
  11. endgame

    This is unbelievable! They screwed us and instead of apologizing they keep lying to our faces. I’m speechless.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Joe Musashi

    Also: ‘True Gamers’ should look at this. Unsure of origin, but I’d say it summarises things well.


    #12 3 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    The whole rationalizing the DLC business is pointless, cause DLC is pointless.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. NeoSquall

    @10-12 Good point.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. NeoSquall

    I find this one fitting too.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. bo_7md

    I don’t get the “DLC is bad mentality”, in the past we didn’t have DLCs we had to buy a new game for a change of character & minor improvements. now you get amazing games like M.E which finished it’s story arc in 3 games due to DLCs and Expansions.

    DLCs are not always cut from the main game, its something to add flavor and additional content to your main game without affecting you. as far as I’m concerned as long as EA/Bioware are upfront about what their product contain they have the right to do what they want. It is like any other product in the market, what you see is what you get if you like it pay for it or move on.

    I did the same with AC2 when they added always on internet and will not be buying D3 if it has the same thing.

    Their game their choice, My money my choice.

    #16 3 years ago

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