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BioWare Seeking "Closure" for Mass Effect 3 Ending

Posted by Sammy Barker

Under fire developer responds

Earlier in the week we reported that fans had started a petition against Mass Effect 3’s disappointing conclusion. At the time of writing, the lobby had raised $66,000 for US charity Child’s Play. Since then that number has jumped by approximately $10,000, with an additional 600 players adding their name to the cause.

Such pressure has caused developer BioWare to respond. Describing the situation as “incredibly painful”, studio co-founder Ray Muzyka has admitted that the developer is looking at alternative options to extend the conclusion of Mass Effect 3.

Writing on the company’s official forums, he said:

Executive producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey. You'll hear more on this in April.

Muzyka added that BioWare is working hard to maintain the integrity of the main plot, and that the “content initiatives” will be separate from the company’s pre-existing post release plans.

He explained:

We're working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we've received. This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.

Exactly how BioWare will go about quelling the concerns of its vocal fanbase is unclear at the moment. The biggest challenge for the developer, as Muzyka states, will be maintaining the integrity of its original vision while changing the perception of its loudest supporters.

What’s your opinion on this story, readers? Do you think BioWare should stick to its guns? Are fans in the wrong for requesting changes in the first place? Let us know in the comments.


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User Comments (11)



DarkKirby said:

My opinion is Bioware and EA had already planned to sell an alternate ending as DLC in the 1s place and made the ending terrible on purpose so people would badly want to have another ending, even if it meant paying for one.



Soviet-Dictator said:

I personally think that all these people complaining about the ending are all just lazy couch potatos wanting more games to enjoy on their couch. In my opinion, the ending was great.



Soviet-Dictator said:

These "complainers" are also making us gamers look like were all a bunch of idiots who care for nothing for other more important problems.



ShogunRok said:

Having DLC endings would make me both happy and sad at the same time. Happy because we might actually get an ending worthy of such brilliant games, but sad because I honestly think fans would lap it up even if it was £20 a pop.



Soviet-Dictator said:

@ShogunRok Okay, so we have to buy something that ends the game? Why don't you all just grow up. We've all experienced bad endings in videogames before, get over it.



Savino said:

New gamers... Pfffff... This generation in the worst in gaming....

The important thing about a game is THE GAME and not the end... Thats what Ive learned in almost 30 years of gaming.
Go play a hardcore game like super contra and then you can talk to me about endings!!!



DraculaX said:

I have no problem with DLC, as long as it adds something to the game then I'm fine with it. Just as long as it is not overpriced and/or on-disc DLC. Seriously, someone should do something about on-disc DLC.



James said:

I bought an album once and didn't like the last song on it so I started a petition on the internet to get the band to change it.

I watched a TV series once and didn't like the last episode so I started a petition on the internet to get the writers to change it.

This whole farce is ridiculous; if you don't like the ending, nut up. fr srs.



Fuzzy said:

Haven't reached the end of the game yet (how do people find the time?!) but the journey there has been a blast.



Wesbert said:

I can offer them three options to escape their predicament.
Option 1: Completely change the ending, so the activation of the secret project completely destroys all Reapers at once. Then cut to everyone dancing and celebrating, zoom to a Volus using Cerberus helmets as a xylophone, then pan upwards to the Normandy flying by shooting fireworks. Then watch the fans complain that they liked the original ending much better. This I call the George Lucas Option
Option 2: Create a DLC pack that promises to alter the ending and price it at $10. Once downloaded, it changes nothing except adding at the very end a screen with the words "Live with it!". This I call the Barnum Option.
The third option I call Solomons Option: Declare the intention to completely change the ending to suit the fans' wishes. Then open a forum for the explicit purpose of giving the fans the opportunity to describe just how they would wish it to end. Then sit back and enjoy the ensuing flamewar as each fan defends his own version of how the story should go while completely shredding every one else's.

By the way, I'm launching petitions to rewrite the endings of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Casablanca and Romeo and Juliet. Oh, and the Vietnam war. Who's with me?

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