DLC is controversial, on-disk DLC is something I believe is breaking a law somewhere, forcing people to fork over money to use something they have already bought. EA made this comment over on-disk DLC. Their response to a recent request for info was basically “We have already commented on this matter”.
What was said was “The content in From Ashes was developed by a separate team, after the core game was finished, and not completed until well after the main game went into certification”. To give some info, once a game goes in for certification, the content of it cannot be changed without having to resubmit it, which can be a bit of a pain in the backside. Especially if they have to fix a bug or add a scene or character that got lost due to human error. These lines and others were cited in a YouTube video.
However, changing one line, not multiple, not installing a mod, one measly line completely circumvents the DLC requirement and unlocks the character. Called my uncle to confirm this, and he was absolutely raging on the phone as I type this.
As for what you change, it’s simple.
First off, getting the Coalesced Utility for Mass Effect 3, a file editor, is needed. Opening Coalesced.bin in the ME3 folder with it, and searching for the line that determines if you can access him or not is up next.
That line is: MemberValidCID=22, MemberAvailablePlotLabel=IsSelectableProthean,
Replace that with: MemberValidCID=, MemberAvailablePlotLabel=,
And BAM, you have your Prothean without having to fork over for on-disk DLC. This is just another nail in the coffin of EA among many other acts of being called out for various BS.
As with all file-editing shenanigans, back up the file you’re editing somewhere in case you break it. Obviously this wont unlock all of the From Ashes content, just the character. A small thing, but the fact it’s there and locked away until you pay a premium is like me selling you a house and then the key to the pantry. Well a crowbar isn’t hard to find. Just be careful using this, as it can be buggy, glitchy, or highly unstable.