Mass Effect 3’s ‘From Ashes’ DLC Already On Disk

Mass Effect 3’s ‘From Ashes’ DLC Already On Disk

The mysterious Prothean can be accessed just by tweaking some files.

Honestly, it’s a pretty controversial business, releasing a game then immediately putting out paid DLC for it on day one. Mass Effect 3 is the latest game to be guilty of doing this, selling the ‘From Ashes’ DLC pack for £7.99/800 Microsoft Points (that’s on top of what you’ve just paid for the game in the first place).

Taking issue with this fact, a number of PC gamers have since discovered that simply by altering a few files, they’ve managed to find that the DLC is in fact already included within the disk, finding character models, animations, abilities and even the voice acting associated with that particular character.

Before you all get on your high horse and demand answers from Bioware, game producer Michael Gamble defended the decision over on Bioware’s forums. He said:

“From Ashes is a 600 MB+ download with all new content, including the mission on Eden Prime, new dialogue options and conversations with [the squad member], 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.”

He then further elaborates on how the initial framework of the character has to be inserted to make the DLC available in the first place.

“Because the plot of ME3 is so richly interwoven with the character interactions and moments, you simply cannot use a DLC module to ‘insert’ a new character.

“As we’ve mentioned before, that character has to be planned and the framework has to be established ahead of time for us to build off of with the DLC module. You may have seen a similar framework developed in ME2 for the Zaeed and Kasumi characters.

“We wanted [the new character] to be a fully featured squad member, with deep dialogue throughout the game – and we needed him to be accessible via the character selection GUI (which you cannot simply ‘overwrite’ with DLC).

“Thus, certain elements of the [character’s] appearance and some of the VO needed to be included on the disc. That is a fact. But that doesn’t mean the content was created, and then removed. It is a necessity of adding a rich character presence in our game.”

What do you think about this situation though? Should this DLC have been bundled with the game in the first place, or do you think Bioware is within their rights to sell DLC on day one for their biggest game of the year?


  1. Lots of sad Shepard pics on the site of late.

    Who cares if the DLC is on the disc already… They COULD have pulled it off the disc and made it download only, but then that just means more time until you can play that content…

    BioWare has been designing games for over 20 years, I’m inclined to believe they know what they’re doing. At least until I play the allegedy terrible Mass Effect ending…

    Kasumi was on the Mass Effect 2 disc, but who the hell cares? When we’re all game producers then WE can decide where to put our DLC, when to release it and how much to charge for it.

  2. nazzzik1

    They’ve claimed that the DLC was not build in the core game, it was made after the game was put together, and someone found it. I’m interested to see what they say about this.

    and that’s the video of the exploit.

  3. John Alderman

    Wasn’t “From Ashes” supposed to come with the deluxe edition so its not really dlc they are just allowing people who couldn’t get the better version can still experience the character.

  4. madtownJOE2


  5. DavidtheMayor

    Yes they have the right to do this. I really don’t see the big deal. If you want it buy it buy it, if you don’t then don’t. Any true fans of the game wouldn’t take this as horrific as the public has. support this company and dish out a couple of extra bucks if it means that much to you. I bought the N7 edition so I already have it. Unless you are madly in love with the protheans its not that dynamic of a dlc, so there really is no point for it to come with the game. And like Matt said, BioWare knows what they are doing. This supposed “boycott” really upset me when i first heard of it. It’s just stupid. Now this ending thing on the other hand… lol

  6. Kevin Beier

    The actual DLC isn’t on the disk, only character models, voices, and the like. The rest of the missions and extras are in the download. What difference does it make if the DLC was released on day one or day 100… the people that want the extras will pay for them, and bioware knows it. This is just another example of an almost bankrupt video game company just trying to pay the bills because we all know all the developers are about to close doors due to piracy. AM I RIGHT EADES?!!??!

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