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Mass Effect 3 gamers get long-awaited extended ending

After months of waiting, Mass Effect 3 fans finally get some further closure to the science-fiction series.

Gamers who were left feeling unsatisfied and disgruntled by the ending of developer Bioware's trilogy of science-fiction action role playing games Mass Effect will today find out more about what happens to Commander Shepard at the end of the third title.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is being released today on PC and Xbox 360, but European PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait a week until July 4th.

The game's original ending will be expanded upon in the downloadable content (DLC) through new scenes and an epilogue sequence.  However, there is not expected to be any additional gameplay but rather just material that helps explain what happens in the cut-scenes that conclude the series.

BioWare explains in an FAQ accompanying the content that "It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.

"It provides more of the answers and closure that players have been asking for. It gives a sense of what the future holds as a result of the decisions made throughout the series. And it shows greater detail in the successes or failures based on how players achieved their endings."

The update does come in at a whopping 1.9GB, which could suggest the content is a bit more meaty than just a couple of cinematics.

Gamers can download the content through Electronic Arts online store Origin, while console owners will find it through Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Mass Effect 3 players first voiced their irritation at the ending of the title at the beginning of the year, due to the fact that it mostly ignored much of what had gone before in the trilogy.

A campaign entitled Retake Mass Effect bandied fans of the series together to call upon BioWare to provide more to the game's ending. Over 4,000 people pledged their support, raising $80,000 (£51,000) for the charity Child's Play in the process.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801393996-ADNFCR