… and July 4th for PlayStation 3 in Europe.
As anyone who listens to our podcast will know, I’m a huge Mass Effect fan. So I greeted this news with both delight and apprehension. Bioware said, “The Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.” Which all sounds good to me, as my main critique of the ending was the lack of information and closure considering the amount of time we dedicate to Shepard’s story and how well we get to know every part of the Mass Effect universe.
My apprehension comes into play when I consider how they could ruin the already satisfying story, but Bioware did say that nothing has fundamentally changed. But this is new ground for the series and we just don’t know how it’s going to play out.
And if you’re wondering how the downloadable content will come into play, Bioware have already stated that, “to experience the Extended Cut, load a save game from before the attack on the Cerberus Base and play through to the end of the game. The Extended Cut endings will differ depending on choices made throughout the Mass Effect series, so multiple playthroughs with a variety of different decisions will be required to experience the variety of possibilities offered by the new content.”
This is pretty easy considering that once you complete the game, you’ve got through the credits and it’s loaded again, the game takes you back to before the stated mission. But if you didn’t save it, then you’re screwed and you’ll have to play the game over. Sorry.
The Extended Cut will be a 1.9GB download available from Xbox LIVE and Origin on PC at no additional cost on Tuesday June 26th Worldwide and PSN in North America. Unfortunately in Europe fans will have to wait until July 4th for PSN release.