BioWare has been the subject of some fan rage in the week since Mass Effect 3 launched after code was discovered on the game's disc for the "From Ashes" day one DLC despite the developer's previous claims that the add-on content wasn't completed until after the main game was submitted in complete form. A new statement from Electronic Arts issued to Game Informer addresses those concerns directly.
You'll find the statement after the jump, but let's make a few more facts clear first. The code discovered on the Mass Effect 3 disc doesn't cover the complete "From Ashes" material, which is a 632MB download (or thereabouts) from your online service of choice. The discovery was made in the PC version of the game, with a tech-savvy gamer discovering that the pack's unlockable squadmate could be unlocked by changing a line of code.
Here's what EA had to say:
"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.
"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."
Source: Game Informer