I'm sure there are people who agree. I personally don't really agree though. It just doesn't really bother me if developers create day one content to release with the game. And it comes free with the collector's edition anyways.
If the day one DLC were stupid stuff like weapons and armor I wouldn't care. But like I said, this is fairly significant story material. I don't think stuff like that should be day one DLC.
And I'd love to get the special edition, but like i said above its pretty much nonexistant where I live. I would have just preferred if they'd bundled it with the game to be a reward for people who buy the game new.
Sorry if it just sound like I'm bitching for bitching's sake. :P
Your bitching would be warranted if it was on disc content. It isn't, otherwise, files from the online demo wouldn't have been leakable. Moreover, this content was added to the "game cloud" if you will when the game was pretty much complete, during the QA phase over the past year. The content itself is a thank you to diehard fans who bought the Collector's Edition and doesn't take anything away from the game in and of itself. Sorry you didn't get the CE when you could, but them's the breaks.
It isn't, otherwise, files from the online demo wouldn't have been leakable.
That's backwards. The demo is content as it appears on the disc. There is no magic "game cloud", this content was not developed after ME3 was complete (because all of this Prothean stuff was in the big script leak that happened last year, while ME3 was still very much in content development), and this is just EA milking more money out of the customers. This isn't some "thank you", this is a "fuck you give us more money."
I'm sick of game development as it is today. Cutting content out of the game and charging extra for it, cutting corners by reusing assets and the same engine while not making any actual gameplay improvements (even though devs did this before, they sold the resulting product as an expansion, not a full retail product), and just treating the customers like mindless idiots who eat their shit up (though unfortunately the last part is accurate, just look at CoD sales numbers). I miss the days where developers made games because they enjoyed it. I miss the days where the developers would go into a garage, set up some computers, make games they wanted to, and enjoy doing it. Then Bobby Kotick came along and (in his own words) "took all the fun out of making video games." And he made money doing it, so everyone else jumped on the bandwagon of this whole shitfest.
DLC was looking really good for a while there, but now it's just adding to developers being lazy or greedy or whatever, it's especially a problem with EA. Things like this are fucking up the video game industry.
From the official sources--which says a lot how paranoid a person is if they are so dead set on ignoring what the people actually involved in the process havebro say about it--say that it was deigned for hardcore fans in mind, not the casual crowd. During QA when they had time to really put some love into it, after the game was more or less golden, they added that content. You can get a lot done with three months at a company as big as BioWare when you don't have to spend hours on textures and that sort of thing. Granted, that content seems pretty mindblowing and one could easily see how they might wonder why the content wasn't in the game proper in the first place. BioWare did a decent enough job mucking that up on their own, fair enough, much like the Zaeed Masani debacle people whinged and whined about. And they could have refrained from "accidentally" letting the info about the new crew member slip out, which makes one wonder what kind of reaction this whole matter would have gotten if it was found out when it was supposed to on March 6th.
Regardless, as it stands I personally am going to take them at their word that it was designed for people who bought the Collector's Edition and though it will give the game a unique twist to be sure, I didn't hear one goddamn word doubting the awesomeness of ME3 till that info leaked so from my perspective, it just sounds like large, collective BAAAAWWWing to me.
I don't really mess with DLC unless it just looks amazing. I myself buy the collector's edition if I really want a ton of extras (Like I do in ME3) and then if a certain DLC gets really good reviews, then I get it. I'm just really looking forward to the game and not really looking too far ahead. I guess that makes me sound stupid, oops!
The fact is that we're all their fans. We pay them for their work and reward them as such. There's no tier system. They shouldn't withhold significant single-player content like this when we're already paying $60 for their game. I just don't see whey they couldn't at least bundle the DLC with the game itself, to curb used game sales, as I've said before. Or at least lower the price to $5 at most.
It's like Bioware and EA are just going "You want the full Mass Effect 3 single player experience on day one? You'll have to pay $10 more for that." It's not like I'm buying the game used from Gamestop. I'm giving them sixty-freaking-dollars.
What's the purpose to linking my RT page? You could click my username and get there just the same. Or have you not grasped the subtleties of a forum reply? In any case, let me ask you this: should XIII-2's bonus OST and art book been released with the standard edition pre-order? After all, they were compiled concurrently with the game, right? I'm sure the buyer's of the Animus edition of AC:R didn't deserve that entire full mission involving Vlad the Impaler. That should have been in the final release, too. Or maybe, in the case of the latter, content won't be finished for a significant period of time while the game is being pressed so it would require a significant delay on release. Hell, at least the bonus character is being released for purchase, and you should know by now that Microsoft and Sony won't allow any content, let alone one as large of a file as this one, be made available for free. This has been true for years. Moreover, how do we know we won't get that squad member very late in the game, perhaps as late as Legion? Tell me, what is ME3 about? Gathering what allies Shepard can muster to save the universe from certain annihilation, or this one squad member? Was the game going to be any less awesome before this character came along?
There is a tier system... there's the people who are willing to pay for extra day-one content to be bundled in their package and there's the people who aren't willing to do so. CE/LE buyers of ANYTHING get more than the people who just pay for the standard and they deserve to because they're willing to shell out the cash.
None of us are getting the full experience on launch day, there will be other DLCs to be had... Since the rest of us are paying $20 for that DLC and a couple other in-game items maybe you should consider yourself lucky you only have to pay $10 to get it.
But hey, if you're actually pissed off, vote with your money and don't get the game til it's reduced in price or used and wait to buy the DLC til it goes for ˝ off so you show that you don't appreciate them making Collector Edition content. Otherwise, if you go buy the game day one and pay the $60 for it you prove that you're literally creating this thread just to bitch instead of following forum etiquette and taking your post to the main game thread.
Producer Michael Gamble made a statement to similar effect, emphasizing that Mass Effect 3 is complete “right out of the box.” Community members have since pointed out that the bonus companion in question was present in the leaked script back in November, which suggests that it was always planned as part of the vanilla game. They argue that BioWare is a company that should have been able to anticipate the consumer psychology that leads to this kind of upset over substantial day-1 DLC, even without marketplace screw-ups and leaked dialogue.
The CE was planned BEFORE that which tells me that maybe it was supposed to be exclusive to the Collector's Edition for a while. I paid an extra $20 because I wanted access to this extra character and it's almost depressing that everyone else gets access to it right away if they pay only $10.
If you don't like that you can get access to what should be limited content then don't buy the DLC. There is a full game without it.
The thing is the CE comes with so much extra shit that the normal one doesn't so I'm not understanding your point, you're paying eighty dollars for the game, this extra DLC mission AND other DLCs that only is in the collector's edition. The problem is that it's a major story plot and a character that is speculated to have been planned since at least November with the codes already being in the game, but they chose to sell it seperately so that they could boost profits. That's why people are upset, not because they didn't order the collector's edition.
It's apparently NOT a major plot in the main story. Sure, given the nature of that character, the story will have to be pretty big, but that doesn't make it essential.
Again, they had it planned for the CE way before November. It's extra, it's unnecessary to have it to fulfill the trilogy. Of course they were going to have it done on day 1 for those who purchased the CE. They should've just not allowed it as DLC for a month or so to stop people from whining...
I didn't mind the From Ashes DLC, I liked Javik, he was a complete dick, delivered some of the funniest moments in the game, had a great story arc and the Mass Effect universe is way better just because of him.
Sounds a lot like one of Burnie's characters from this site.
DLC itself is a mess, this is just the icing on top of the cake.
Got to love the nostalgia filter. Diablo: Hellfire was what the typical expansion was back pre-2000. Short, buggy, story rarely if ever acknowledged outside the expansion itself, zero support from the developer even if the vanilla game is still supported, and virtually all the content is recycled stuff from the original game (because Lightning Wall is totally a unique spell and not Fire Wall with a different icon).
There were some good expansions that contained a solid amount of content, but they were few and far between.