BioWare Responds to Outcry Over Mass Effect 3's Ending
Written Wednesday, March 14, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
BioWare has decided to break its silence and step into the fray regarding Mass Effect 3's massively divisive and some might say, controversial conclusion, which left some fans rather angry and dissatisfied to say the least. Executive Producer and Director, Casey Hudson explained that a "polarising" ending was necessary to get fans talking about it and to help make it unforgettable.
"I didn't want the game to be forgettable. Even right down to the sort of polarising reaction that the ends have had with people - debating what the endings mean and what's going to happen next, and what situation are the characters left in," Hudson told Digital Trends. "That to me is part of what's exciting about this story. There has always been a little bit of mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it's a story that people can talk about after the fact."
A fan petition demanding that BioWare change Mass Effect 3's ending meanwhile, has managed to raise more than $28,000 for gaming charity Child's Play. Known as 'Retake Mass Effect', the campaign has defended itself stating that they're neither "angry or entitled".
"We would like to dispel the perception that we are angry or entitled," reads Retake Mass Effect's mission statement. "We simply wish to express our hope that there could be a different direction for a series we have all grown to love." BioWare hasn't expressed any plans to change Mass Effect 3's ending however.
There will be more single player DLC on the way though, following hot on the heels of the From Ashes add-on, which sees prothean survivor, Javik joining your squad. Hudson is hoping that fan feedback will have an impact upon what DLC comes next.
"We have some really great multiplayer content and some really great single-player content coming over the air and their feedback will become part of how we design that," Hudson continued, before addressing the other controversy surrounding the From Ashes DLC, which restored a major part of the series lore in the prothean civilisation.
"I think a lot of the common sense is prevailing," said Hudson. "Initially, it was spun in a direction that suggested that we had taken the lore out of Mass Effect 3 and were holding it inside the DLC only, which now the people who actually have played Mass Effect 3 and the DLC they know that that's not true. So that fear was set aside and, ultimately, I think people get it now."
Yesterday saw a screenshot leak showing new races and classes for Mass Effect 3's Galaxy at War multiplayer. Could it be the next dose of DLC?