Already mired in controversy Mass Effect 3 had one of its DLC accidently released earlier this week. The piece titled From Ashes allowed players to meet a member of the Prothean Race and would cost gamers who didn’t get the collector’s edition 10 dollars on day one.
Naturally many gamers didn’t take to kind to what they are calling a disgusting business practice by Bioware. I think though it is important to correct them in this regard. This decision wasn’t made by Bioware but by EA. Yet following EA’s natural habit of using their developers to defend their actions two Bioware employees have come force to defend this decision.
Executive Producer Casey Hudson tweeted:
It takes about 3 months from “content complete” to bug-fix, certify, manufacture, and ship game discs. In that time we work on DLC.
On #ME3, content creators completed the game in January & moved onto the “From Ashes” DLC, free w/ the CE or you can buy seperately.
Associate Producer Michael Gamble posted on the Bioware forums:
- The Collectors Edition has been advertised from the beginning as containing a bonus character/mission, 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.
- The content in “From Ashes” was developed by a separate team (after the core game was finished) and not completed until well after the main game went into certification.
- The Collectors Edition has been sold out in most places for some time now, and is becoming very hard to find (many players prefer not to purchase the digital version). As such, we wanted to make this content available so that SE buyers could also incorporate the Prothean into their game.
Yet these words were not enough to calm fans like Reddit User Shushplz who commented:
I really hope people actually do something about this. EA / Bioware should know this is an unacceptable practice to cut out such a vital part of the story / lore of a game and resell it as dlc. If nothing else to stop it from happening again. Will not be buying mass effect 3 whatsoever and have already cancelled my SWtor subscription because of it. Sad that it had to come to this but the price of the added dlc is not worth what little dignity I have left.
Clearly gamers are pissed and rightfully so. EA has once again screwed them over to make a buck and this time it looks as if many aren’t going to put up with it anymore.
What’s the big deal?
The Prothean Race has been an instrumental component to the Mass Effect Lore. Altered Protheans were the enemies in Mass Effect 2 and a corrupted picture of one was seen in Mass Effect 1.
Putting a Prothean character as part of a collector’s edition or as DLC when such a character is hugely important to the Mass Effect Universe surmounts to basically flicking off customers in the eyes of the fans. If it was any other character like the Zaeed Massani from Mass Effect 2, it would not spark such anger among gamers but this is a Prothean? This race has been teased in two games of the series and to not have it as instrumental content is frankly unacceptable.