(Also known as “How to tell an unsuccessful lie to fans and to set new lows for the gaming industry” by EA and Bioware)
We all know that Bioware and EA were a bunch of greedy people. This was proved once again with the release of the Day 1 release of the premium Downloadable Content (DLC) called From Ashes which unlocked a Prothean member in Commander Shepard’s squad. This led to a lot of clamor and eventually many people (including me) decided to boycott the game completely, or at least until the game’s price falls to acceptable levels.
Bioware/EA’s response to this was that the DLC was programmed and created after the game was done coding, and that they had no intention of including any of the DLC in the core game. That is to say the Prothean team member’s model, texture, animation and voice was coded outside the main game. This sounded fishy to many people. Some enterprising fans tinkered around with just the core game’s code without installing the DLC at all and found out that Bioware was lying outright.
To recapitulate, here is how to get the Prothean character without buying the From Ashes DLC:-
1. Open Coalesced.bin with this http://wenchy.net/me3-coalesced-utility
2. Search for this:MemberValidCID=22, MemberAvailablePlotLabel=IsSelectableProthean,
3. Replace with this:MemberValidCID=, MemberAvailablePlotLabel=,
Awkward, Bioware. Awkward.