February 23rd, 2012
Bioware this week confirmed rumors that it would charge for an expansion pack alongside the full release of Mass Effect 3 on March 6. Dubbed "From Ashes," the launch day downloadable content is free for players who buy the collector's edition of the game, or pay for it seperatly above the $60 MSRP of the stand alone game.
Consquently, PC gamers aren't happy about the news. Although not the first time a game has fragmented itself at release to encourage new game or collector edition sales, it's certainly one of the more high-profile instances, thanks to Mass Effect 3's galactic anticipation levels.
Mind you, the business strategy is totally Bioware/EA's perogative. After all, it's their trademarked property. But it will be interesting to see what (if any) bad will might come of it.
What do you think of the news? Business as usual? An outrage? Will it "effect" your game time decision? Let us know in the comments.
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