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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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116. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 22, 2012, 08:50 RollinThundr
 
finga wrote on Mar 22, 2012, 05:05:
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...

You apparently don't know what ad hominen even means. Making a blanket statement about anyone who complained and attacking their maturity level among other things proves what exactly?

You sound like the typical bioware defense force fanboy on BW's social site.

The series on the whole was completely about how YOU the player shape the story around you, ME3's last 10 minutes takes that idea, stomps on it, and tosses it aside for a canned one size fits all ending that ignores any and all player choices through out 3 games.

That you're calling the ending as is unique and/or original in the first place makes me question if you've even played the game to begin with. The ending wasn't controversial, it was just fucking stupid and didn't make any sense and it went against anything Shepard would have done prior to the last 10 minutes of ME3.

Had they done a controversial ending that didn't consist of Joker running away and magically beaming up squad mates you had with you during the final push, or forcing a contrived message. Yo dawg, we made some synthetics to wipe you out, so you don't make some synthetics who eventually wipe you out. I mean seriously? That's their ending? Hey the lore says a Mass Effect relay blowing up would wipe out a system and it does so in the arrival DLC, but oh wait we're going to strand the entire fleet on earth to just die anyway, thanks for bringing the band together. That's not controversial it's just flat out retarded.
 
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