The controversy over BioWare's day-one "Mass Effect" 3 DLC "From Ashes" has a new twist in the tale, even as the debate over a leaked vido showing Javik's character supposedly already available on the game disc gathers storm.
The video in question suggests Javik can be unlocked on PC copies of the game simply by editing a file using a community-built tool and changing one line in the code before re-booting. Although it is unclear from the video if the entire Jaivik campaign is available, the footage clearly shows some part of his character data encoded on the disc.
The twist in the tale comes in the form of EA's response to Game Informer claiming there is some part of the "From Ashes" DLC on the disc.
We should say, at this point, the statement seems to be against conventional wisdom and logic. If Javik's character had no role to play in the game, then why did it feature on the main disc in the first place?
"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," EA told Game Informer in a press statement.
"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," added EA.
So, the controversy just grew bigger. Now, if you want to know what prompted BioWare to respond, check the video below.