Has BioWare lied to us about Mass Effect 3 DLC?
Prothean character files already on disc.
Fans have been raging over BioWare’s decision to ship a day one DLC for Mass Effect 3, throwing fists of anger at the studio for charging players $10 for an important Prothean character when they could have easily shipped it with the game for free. In response, executive producer Casey Hudson said the DLC was developed after the main game was completed, hence why it was shipped separately from the game.
Apparently, that was a bit fat lie.
Curious fans have been pooking around the game’s installation files on the PC and have found files belonging to the locked Prothean character. The files includes the complete set – from model to animation, to even the character’s dialogues and off-sequence banter. They are off the same size as the non-DLC characters, suggesting them to be the final file set. They are also encrypted.
Further references to the character was found after the game’s Coalesced.bin was decomplied. The Prothean’s HUD and weapon loadouts are mentioned, including the script ids to call when the character is added to the party.
The evidence clearly suggest BioWare had been working on the DLC in tandem with the final game, and just sliced it out of the final version in order to monetize on it later on. Unless there is a clear cut explanation for this, it seems BioWare has got themselves in a pickle.