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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. Youll hear more on this in April. Were working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback weve 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 were 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, Im proud of the team, but we can and must always strive to do better.

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110. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 22, 2012, 05:05 finga
 
And now video game developers will be more likely to avoid potentially controversial or unique/original endings because of internet temper tantrums. Worst part is that we have so many boring/conventional endings in games already.

Jerykk, I found it pretty easy to figure out the ends to the genophage, Geth/Quarian, and species relations stories in my playthrough. Those choices did make it through from the first through the third game for me, and I don't need the game spelling out every event to their last letter. Maybe future DLC will handle that, but if it doesn't, is it really that difficult for it to be left a little bit open?

And to the others - they're not ad hominem attacks. They're challenges to people to accept that sometimes you don't get exactly what you want, and while you're obviously free to not buy BioWare's next game - the threat of such is actually a very reasonable response to not liking this ending - organizing to demand that they go back and "fix" this one's plot is just silly. It's unprecedented from the perspective of art, since we didn't "commission" this work from them, and this is not the medium in which we start making demands of how artists make their art.

Funny thing is BioWare should have ignored these complaints and just put out the DLC for the millions of well-adjusted gamers that aren't on 4chan, reddit, SA, Twitter, FB, and more all trying to make these demands. As soon as Sony screws up again or one of the two upcoming next-gen consoles is announced - or maybe Derek Smart or Randy Pitchford say something goofy - people will move on anyway. Just please, move on before BioWare really gets scared about putting anything interesting into ME3's DLC endings...
 
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