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Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned

The BioWare Blog has a post from BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka confirming that criticism of the ending of Mass Effect 3 has had a massive effect on them, and they will indeed be changing the way the game ends, as they said they might. Here's a bit on their change in plans, and what lead to this point:

Building on their research, Exec 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. 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.

The reaction to the release of Mass Effect 3 has been unprecedented. On one hand, some of our loyal fans are passionately expressing their displeasure about how their game concluded; we care about this feedback, and we’re planning to directly address it. However, most folks appear to agree that the game as a whole is exceptional, with more than 75 critics giving it a perfect review score and a review average in the mid-90s. Net, I’m proud of the team, but we can and must always strive to do better.

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31. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:49 Cutter
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:36:
How about because it's a video game? I hated the ending of LOST and The Sopranos too but I wasn't creating web sites and filing complaints with the FTC over it. Let me be clear, people certainly have a right to not like the ending (from what little non-spoilery tidbits I've pieced together, I'm sure I won't like it either) but if BioWare believed in what they were creating, retconing it just to please a bunch of people screaming on the Internet shouldn't be on the table. I don't care if people didn't like the ending, that's fine. But the people review bombing the game and filing complaints with the government are idiots and shouldn't be taken seriously. By even considering changing the ending, BioWare validates this behaviour.

You're confusing passive and interactive mediums. You weren't supposed to have any influence over Lost or The Sopranos. You don't particpate in books, films, and TV. CRPGs aren't just a story with some character development that happen around you, it's how you develop your character that is supposed to affect the story. This is the problem with this game. Everything you did ends up meaning nothing. It's cheap. It's lazy. And it's insulting.

This is not about sunshine and rainbow endings, it's about closure. It's about seeing how your actions over the course of 3 games changed the galaxy around you. People wanted a Fallout style ending where you could see those results. What they got was a metaphorical kick to the nuts. And that doesn't even address the DLC different ending fiasco!

Without actually experiencing why so many are legitinately pissed-off about this you really need to shut-up about it untill you do.
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