Yes, we're aware of the common gamer complaint: "If there's DLC so soon, why didn't it just go in the game? You're ripping us off!"

We imagine that for game makers, "you're ripping us off" is an annoyingly common complaint among people who aren't quite familiar with the concept of game development. Therefore, BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson tried to explain how the day-one DLC for Mass Effect 3 , From Ashes, came about.

As it turns out, that content was created after the main game was complete. Here's what Hudson wrote on his Twitter page :

"On [Mass Effect 3], content creators completed the game in January & moved onto the "From Ashes" DLC, free w/ the [Collector's Edition] or you can buy separately…"

He also added:

"It takes about 3 months from 'content complete' to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs. In that time we work on DLC. 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 first playthrough on day one."

The From Ashes DLC features a Prothean squad mate, a new mission that takes place on Eden Prime, a new weapon, and even an alternate appearance option for each member of your team. You'll grab this if you pick up the Collector's Edition. The DLC will be available on launch day – hence the term, "day-one DLC" – and as you all know, that's March 6.

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

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Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

Good. That's the way I like it. I worry about developers cutting out parts that could have been great for the main game and selling it as DLC when its designed alongside the main game.

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
9 years ago

I honestly can't tell if this is sarcasm or not =)

xenris
xenris
9 years ago

This is a lie. All the dialogue and the story for the prothean squad member was in the leaked story file.

Maybe they planned it for day one DLC a long time ago, but still this kind of practice is sketchy and I don't like the DLC model.

People can say what they want and how you don't need to buy it, but A LOT of the time companies don't release a full product, and then try and nickle and dime you for the next 6-12 months only to release a game of the year edition for 1/3rd of the price that you paid for it.

Seems like a brilliant way to reward your day one customers.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
9 years ago

EA is the publisher… So yeah… Says it all XD

oldmike
oldmike
9 years ago

it was listed on what was to be in the CE the day they went for sale

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Even if it was created afterwards, if it is released on the day of the main game it should be free for everyone. I am sick of developers squeezing every last penny out us by releasing an incomplete game, you can call it extra content all you want, but if this was released on the previous gen, such content would be unlocked wihtin the game.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

This is great news and I never had a problem with DLC being released after the fact. They're not forcing me to buy it. Chances are if they wanted to include all DLC in Mass Effect 3 the game wouldn't be out until summer 2012 or so. Pick your poison.

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
9 years ago

A good point.

Bioware finished the game. They then started on DLC. Yes, it is finished by the time the disc is going to press and is available on day 1.
But if they wanted to include this in the retail disc, we would be waiting another 3 months. Yes, Collecter's Edition gets it, but isn't that what they are for? EXTRA stuff?

Using the argument of an "incomplete game", it would never see the light of day.

Imagine: COD and the map packs.
Uncharted with the extra co-op missions.
Dragon Age with the loads of DLC that got.

All DLC is planned. I sincerly doubt any game developer has just sat down and created DLC on a whim.
Nobody seems to complain about aforementioned DLC unless it is on day one.

I figure you moan about DLC in its entirety, or not all.

Personally, I'm all for playing the games I love a bit longer.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Hopefully they spent a good amount of time post-demo code to get the performance up. Watching several of the cutscenes on PS3 was borderline slide show. And someone over there needs to hire an animation director during gameplay. Watching Anderson sprint is nothing short of humorous..

Man, I can be such a downer sometimes. But really, elite franchises need to perform like an elite franchise. =p

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

Hahahaha, yea Anderson runs like a chicken. I actually laughed when I saw him run for the first time.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I, to this day am not impressed with the graphics in ME2. Not that they were always bad, but at times I couldn't believe just how bad things were rendered. So I'm hoping that as an elite franchise – as you put it, Temjin – it delivers in a big way this time.

With that in mind, I really can't way to play ME3.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 2/24/2012 12:49:30 AM

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

I don't like such practices to be honest. Sure it's good that it's readily available when the game comes out..but I am among those who believe it should've been part of the game. When DLC is done like this it truly appears to be a ripoff compared to how DLC was at least planned for Heavy Rain or how DLC is released like Uncharted..

berserk
berserk
9 years ago

The problem with these is that some could easily have made it in the game and some like maybe this one would have been too much work ( might have delayed game release , not something companies want to happen ) to implement before the whole process he described start .

So there is just no way to know for sure , therefore people use the easiest answer "they are ripping us off " .

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Well I hope some of that DLC comes for free for people that pre-ordered or something.I hate when developers talk about DLC before the game gets released >_>

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

It comes with the Collector's Edition.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Well at least is something.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Lol! Liars.

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

Personally, I don't have a problem with this. Early DLC strikes me as another way for developers to work around the sales lost to the used game market, especially with people beating the game fast and selling it quickly to get the most trade-in possible.

Plus, given that it's free with the Collector's Edition, it's rather like a special bonus for those gamers willing to spend the extra for the special edition, and others have to pay extra to get it. I don't see anything wrong with it. They're in business to make money, and if this does it and keeps the AAA titles rolling out of BioWare, I say more power to 'em.


Last edited by TheAgingHipster on 2/23/2012 3:27:35 PM

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

The one big problem I have with this is that it introduces a Prothean. Protheans are the biggest opaque cloud of mythos in the series and to have a day one piece of DLC that introduces a character from a race that the entire story seems to revolve around reeks of shady underhanded attempts at money.

No, they aren't making anyone buy it, but think on it logically for a second and you'll realise that having a Prothean member of your team seems like it would be an integral part of the story of this game series. Release it on day one just because it happened to be thought up and made after the entire main story was completely wrapped up? I don't think that the game and story developers of ME just happened to think this DLC up after the main story.

Sorry, I'm just not buying into this response from them. But, at the same time I'm not sure that it is Bioware to blame as much as it's EA trying to monetise this game as much as possible. I understand a company needs to make money but this seems like straight up greed.

</rant>

___________
___________
9 years ago

of course their going to say that!
no one will ever know though, so nothing you can do really.

gray_eagle
gray_eagle
9 years ago

what a way to boost sales for the collectors edition.

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
9 years ago

All this is well and good but we don't see the "fair" part of his claim. And by the way from my seat, that's all it is – a claim.

It might be genuine but it still comes in a form of "buy it, or you won't have it"(except of course, if you get this with Ltd Edition).

So of course it'll anger gamers. I mean. Give them a chance to play the stand-alone content first, maybe?