Whether or not this could be interpreted as piracy is for another discussion, but apparently it’s possible to ‘patch’ in some elements of a downloadable content pack for the PC version of Mass Effect 3, that’s – according to reports on the web – partly on the disk when you buy it.
BioWare say that the DLC, “From Ashes”, wasn’t developed alongside the rest of the game and, according to an article on Forbes, “not included on the disk”.
The video, and others around the ‘net, caused considerable uproar over the weekend.
Note that it’s not the entire DLC, but there’s definitely something there, and it’s easily patchable without paying a penny.
“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,” said EA in a statement.
“All of the above content was completed while the main game was in certification and are not available on the disc.”
“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.”