The Mass Effect 3 DLC “From Ashes” has raised many concerns amongst fans, including the presence of [SPOILER EXCLUDED] and other issues, including the inclusion of some of the DLC content on the disc itself. Many have protested this practice of locking up disc-included content via DLC purchase codes; EA has taken a second to respond to the accusations.
As reported by Destructoid, EA stated that “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.” When responding to the statement that one of the DLC character’s information was found in the files on the disc, the publisher said, “…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.”
Regardless of whether or not the content was included on the disc or not, launch DLC is still a practice that’s raising eyebrows in the gaming public, and is something publishers will have to continue to address with coming releases.