Mass Effect 3 screenshot
Mass Effect 3 screenshot

Yesterday's leak of some spoiler-filled day-one Mass Effect 3 DLC has been confirmed by BioWare.

Mass Effect 3's From Ashes DLC will be priced at 800 Microsoft Points/$10 for owners of the standard edition, and will be free for those with the Collector's Edition.

Executive producer Casey Hudson took to Twitter to defend the decision to produce day-one DLC. "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 1st playthrough on day 1."

Mass Effect 3 producer Michael Gamble also logged into his BioWare forums account to defend the move. You'll want to avoid them (and the bit underneath this) if you don't like spoilers.

WARNING: There are spoilers underneath this video of Mass Effect 2 squadmate Mordin performing Gilbert and Sullivan.

From Ashes includes a Prothean squad mate, a mission on the massively important planet of Eden Prime, a new weapon, and a bunch of alternate costumes for your whole party.

Fans are understandably irate at having to splash some more cash (or own the Collector's Edition - now sold out in most stores) to get their hands on the content, which sounds like a pretty vital addition for long-time fans of the series. "The Collector's Edition has been advertised from the beginning as containing a bonus character/mission," said Gamble, "but we were not at liberty to provide the details. 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 (the version many fans would be likely to purchase)."

"Mass Effect 3 is a complete - and a huge game - right out of the box," Gamble added.

Mass Effect 3 will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on March 9.

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Clockpunk's Avatar


Is that really 'justification', given that the character in question was revealed early last year. On one hand, some thought has been put into it. On the other (bigger, more powerful hand), as a result, this is all bs.

I think EA is run by sadists who get off on pissing people off. Just when they seemed to be turning their image around, as well.
Posted 08:15 on 24 February 2012
s_h_a_d_o's Avatar


Screw that - I'm no longer interested in contributing to EA/Bioware's ill-gotten gains. Once again we see the advent of a dangerous precedent that threatens our rights as consumers. I'm going to stick to my guns on this one, and discretionary spending remains the most powerful weapon in my arsenal. I can only hope others are prepared to stand firm, and fight for integrity.
Posted 00:17 on 24 February 2012

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