The controversy of games being shipped with DLC on the discs has raised its ugly head again. This time EA is being accused of including the ‘From Ashes’ day one DLC for Mass Effect 3 on the disc.
EA has now issued a statement to GameInformer denying these allegations:
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.
The accusations stemmed from a YouTube who was reportedly able to ‘unlock’ the DLC’s additional character off of the retail disc. Reports even made the rounds yesterday on how PC gamers could unlock the DLC for free.
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.