EA Rebukes Claim that Mass Effect 3 Day-One DLC is on Retail Disc

Despite a YouTube video purporting to show that the Day One DLC for Mass Effect 3 was "already on the Disc," EA is pushing back hard on the story today, saying that the whole idea is preposterous because of how big the DLC is.

"From Ashes is a 600 MB+ download with all new content, including the mission on Eden Prime, new dialogue options and conversations with Javik, new cinematics, the Prothean weapon, and new appearances for all squad members," read a statement from EA issued to Game Informer.

"All of the above content was completed while the main game was in certification and are not available on the disc," the statement continued. "As stated previously, in order to seamlessly integrate Javik into the core campaign, certain framework elements and character models needed to be put on disc. We did something similar with Zaeed and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2."

You can watch the video to your left and make up your own minds.

Source: Game Informer

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    eston says:

    I was under the impression that it was originally a Collector's Edition exclusive. Imagine the shitstorm that would have commenced if that was the case lol

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    kurifu says:

    Except that it is not an unlock, the download is 600MB and provides most of the required content to access it. Also that this argument is irrelevant in that without From Ashes ME3 is still an amazing and complete game with a separate budget established to produce the DLC instead of laying of teams of people who didn't have work to do at the time.

    If it'll make you sleep better, just pretend the DLC doesn't exist.

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    Papa Midnight says:

    Optional DLC that you buy can only contain content. (In one form or another)

    Granted, and an argument I will not argue.

    DLC can't patch the executable.  That requires a title update.  Which doesn't cost the user anything.  And which must be applied.

    While correct, I did not point out that the DLC was an executable, I stated that the DLC was there all along. The executable patch merely allowed access to it. This is no different than… say… the DLC being in a CAPCOM game on the disc and you pay for a 128 Kilobyte download which unlocks said DLC.

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    Chris Kimberley says:

    DLC can't patch the executable.  That requires a title update.  Which doesn't cost the user anything.  And which must be applied.  Optional DLC that you buy can only contain content. (In one form or another)

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    Papa Midnight says:

    "At most it shows there may be a way to get his MODEL into the game. That isn't the same as saying the entirety of From Ashes is on the disc."

    If only that was the situation: You want to know what the unlock procedure is for the "From Ashes" Day-0 DLC? A Patched Executable. That's literally ALL that changes. No content is modified, and no extra game files are retrieved. All that is modified is the game's executable and "Bazinga!", "From Ashes". Impressive, Doctor Sheldon Cooper Electronic Arts, but you are not a Jedi yet!

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    nighstalker160 says:

    Here's the thing, that video does NOT appear to show "From Ashes" (i.e. the Eden Prime Mission, ANY dialog from Javvik etc.) At most it shows there may be a way to get his MODEL into the game. That isn't the same as saying the entirety of From Ashes is on the disc.

    And there are good explanations for Javvik's model being on the disc but none of the other content. It's possible Javvik was supposed to be part of the regular game but that to create a reasonable explanation of how a Prothean gets into the party it needed to become a much bigger mission. They could easily have coded Javvik's model and even some of his dialog (mission chatter etc.) into the game without doing his actual recruitment mission or any of the other stuff that is part of From Ashes.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    To be fair, I'd like to know that the content I'm paying upwards of ten dollars for is not on the disc already, and that I'm just paying for it's implementation.

    It'll blow over in no time once people rally around the ending.

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    Zerodash says:

    As this whole Mass Effect 3 shitstorm rolls on, I am getting more and more fed up with the consumers than I am with EA/Bioware.  

    I am finding it increasingly difficult to sympathize with ME "fans" given the low level of civility in their complaints.  

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