Reports have been circulating the web accusing Electronic Arts of including the day one From Ashes DLC for Mass Effect 3 on the disc. The publisher has spoken out against these claims, putting an end to the tirade of misinformed discontent.
According to a YouTube user, the content can be unlocked without actually purchasing the content because it is ‘hidden’ on the retail disc (via XBIGY Games), but EA is assuring gamers that this is not the case. In a statement released to Game Informer, the publisher explained:
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. All of the above content was completed while the main game was in certification and are not available on the disc.
With regard to why the YouTube user was able to ‘unlock’ the DLC’s additional character off of the retail disc, EA 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.
It is clear that downloadable content is quickly becoming an increasingly sensitive topic within the gaming community. Sound off on your thoughts about day one DLC in the comments below.