During a recent Reddit AMA, ex-BioWare writer and sci-fi/fantasy author Drew Karpyshyn revealed an early, discarded alternative to the somewhat controversial ending of the Mass Effect trilogy.
Karpyshyn was the lead writer on Mass Effect 1 & 2 but left the studio before the release of Mass Effect 3 and would ultimately return to BioWare to work on ANTHEM... before leaving again.
When asked how he would have concluded the Mass Effect trilogy, Karpyshyn had the following to say:
"Basically, it involved luring the Reapers through the Mass Relays then detonating the entire network to wipe them out...but also destroying/damaging the relays and isolating every galactic community from the others.
"But we still had to figure out a lot of the details, and there were some issues with that option... like what we would do in the next series of games."
Some fans were disappointed with the original ending of the Mass Effect trilogy, feeling that BioWare had overpromised and undelivered, reducing the myriad choices players had made to just three outcomes.
BioWare would later release the Extended Cut version of Mass Effect 3, which sought to close off some lingering plot threads and tie up loose ends.
What do you think of this less optimistic ending to the ending of the Mass Effect saga? Do you think it would have sat better with fans? Rewrite history in the comments section below.