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?