BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson has defended the company's decision to release a paid-for downloadable content (DLC) update for Mass Effect 3 on day one of release.

The eagerly awaited title hits the shelves on March 9th, and some gamers suggested that the company must have been working on the DLC content while it was still developing the game.

However, Mr Hudson explained to concerned fans on Twitter that the game was "content complete" before work on the DLC began.

The truth is, he explains, that the certification for DLC is much quicker and there are far fewer things to have to check, so if a team works hard it can get a DLC out by the release date after the game has been finished.

"On #ME3, content creators completed the game in January & moved onto the 'From Ashes' DLC, free w/ the CE or you can buy separately," Mr Hudson tweeted.

In an interview with Computer and Video Games, Mr Hudson explained that BioWare has a "really good DLC plan", as it did with Mass effect 2, and it plans to allow gamers to explore other areas of the storyline with the updates.

The first thing games will notice about the new title, he adds, is that it appears much more polished, and Commander Shepard has a lot more mobility and fluidity.

"That gives you a more interesting way to get around and move into, around and over cover. It just feels like you're a much more capable character. And everything else about the combat - the feel of the weapons, aiming and so on - all of those things have been improved," he said.

BioWare recently announced it has teamed up with Razer for a host of licensed peripherals for Mass Effect 3, including a keyboard, mouse mat and gaming mouse.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801301369-ADNFCR
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