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BioWare Might Change Mass Effect 3 Ending After Fanbase Fury

Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare, finally gives in, following a largely negative response the company received from its fanbase worldwide. He claims that he's very proud of what the development studio has achieved and considers Mass Effect 3 as their best work to date, albeit he stresses that the team is prepared to acknowledge what the fans are saying regarding the game's endings. Well, mostly that they are unhappy with it.

The official statement from Muzyka indicates that they might, in fact, alter the game's ending to please fans who were disappointed (or even devastated in a lot of cases):

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.

I'd really be surprised and speechless, if I saw BioWare actually going back to Mass Effect 3 and somehow changing the game's current endings. Well, they might decide to add a few additional endings, just to please fans... But who knows.

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LostPcGamer Mar 21 2012, 02:16 pm EDT
Riddle me this-

Which is worse? Complainers or compounded complainers that complain about the complainers complaining?
  EricHalfBee: I can't get further than the fact that both are tedio…
MajFauxPas: End the endings!
RenegadeCZ Mar 21 2012, 02:45 pm EDT
They said nothing about actually changing those endings. My bet is on a video (cut-scene) or two, giving some more answers, maybe insights into the fates of the members of your team. Also a bit more on the future of the galaxy, some explanation of the relay's explosion...

But they WON'T change what they already made, and those endings were not a dream. 100% backed by BW's statements
Doomsday. Mar 21 2012, 03:09 pm EDT
They better give me my Happy Ending! Damned Fuckers!!
  Gregor: This isn't a Disney game. What happened in the game w…
Doomsday.: Then FUCK THEM!!!! I want my Disney Ending!! I DESERV…
Gregor: And THAT', good folks, is what you can call "entitled…
Terminator: Did Bioware really think people would like those endi…
Darkthor: This is some good news.Wonder if the 700-page threads…
KraGeRzR Mar 21 2012, 03:35 pm EDT
My reaction to Mass Effect, Bioware, and fans in general:

On the other hand, if you really care, having your entire first two game choices amount to a fucking button push? Bah

Finally having to do some groveling for your fans, Bioware? Serves you right.
Chunder Mar 21 2012, 03:58 pm EDT
The ending wasn't a deal breaker for me, but I really would of liked multiple choices, even if the choices I wanted to make would of led to the destruction of the universe!
Terminator Mar 21 2012, 04:52 pm EDT
Bioware pissed on every Mass Effect fan with those endings. What was the point in making choices in Mass Effect 1 and 2? There was no point because THE ENDINGS ARE 90% IDENTICAL! Every choice we made, every romance we pursued, it was all for nothing. Thanks a lot Bioware......

I spent over 100 hours on Mass Effect 1 and 2, and it was all for nothing. So unless Bioware makes some GOOD endings, I won't spend more than $20 on Mass Effect 3. I can easily wait for the price to come down.
  Chunder: So you didn't play it then.. how can you judge it?
Gregor: You didn't play Mass Effect 3? Wait, so you don't eve…
Whisky: Um yeah, unless you play ME3 you don't get to bitch a…
Cblue: Ever heard of youtube?
Terminator: Where have you boys been the last week? I've said sev…
tei187 Mar 21 2012, 05:15 pm EDT
honestly? fk the new endings just add a bit of actually ending the story. shepard dies? ok, end of the series and all, let him die. but the rest is fkn idiotic. 3 PARTS of the game we were making choices, some less serious, some more. and all they give us is normandy landing on some shitty ass planet? ffs! i have saved the krogan from extinction! ended the war between quarians and the geth! I FKN SAVED THE GALAXY! I DESERVE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT!
(and yes, i'm a fan of Fallout and the way the ending was shown)

and i probably will know... with a price of DLC.
...those scheming motherfuckers...
  Reaper: Shepard actually lives in one of the endings... (Tha…
tei187: one gasp for air doesn't mean that he's alive i think…
MajFauxPas: At the end of the credits, Papa Shepard tells the sto…
Whisky Mar 21 2012, 06:24 pm EDT
If they cook up some alternate ending as a DLC then FCK them. It is what it is. Hell, Shepard died in the first game anyway.
fenixfire Mar 21 2012, 06:55 pm EDT

I would have liked more than three choices at the end that all resulted in shepards death and all ended up with the same general ending and no answers to how ANYTHING played out. I absolutely loved the game too all the way up until the end. It had me at the edge of my seat the whole time and there were tons of epic moments. There were lots of cool cinematics. I dont see why they couldnt have had a nice long cinematic at the end to at least show the impact of our choices and answer some damn questions! I hope they flesh it out with the DLC and I hope its free......because it should have been part of the game to begin with.
  tei187: yeah, for 100hrs of gameplay, the last 10 minutes hav…
Terminator: It sounds like the rest of Mass Effect 3 is a great g…
finaleve Mar 21 2012, 07:44 pm EDT
My complaint has always been about the inconsistencies and plot holes. Too many to be counted because of that ending. I don't care for how it ended. I accepted that one and as much as that was stupid and should have kept with the simple "Reapers created life and are now harvesting it" plot but we'll see how it works in the next game.
Fill the holes, explain things, and then release it.
Ftmch Mar 21 2012, 11:36 pm EDT
as everyone else have already said, it sucks that the endings are nearly identical and you don't get any answers at all after all that time and all those choices, just give us ending screens fallout style where you get to know what happened to all the characters, factions and the galaxy in general, seriously.
  BloodAngel: ^ This exactly. I didn't like the endings at all, bu…
Miliowilix Mar 22 2012, 03:55 am EDT
I haven't played it yet and I don't know the ending but changing ANYTHING in the original product content of this type, no matter how bad it was, would be really stupid and irresponsible and would not serve anyone in any way cause everyone would still know what the original idea was.
  Ftmch: Adding some text telling me what happened to the char…
Terminator Mar 22 2012, 05:23 am EDT
To think I nearly wasted $60 on this piece of trash. Thank goodness for Doomsday's rant, and YOUTUBE posting the endings. It doesn't matter how good the rest of Mass Effect 3 is, the endings RUIN THE ENTIRE TRILOGY!
micahpharoh Mar 22 2012, 08:26 am EDT
you gotta know that a new ending via DLC was their plan all along. Anything to get one more chance to steal your wallet.
WereGerbel Mar 22 2012, 09:21 am EDT
They should have known this was going to piss off the avid fans, hence why they have a marketing department. Look at how much press this has gotten, and you know damn well sales increased just for the hype of the infamous horrid ending. Yeah the ending did bite much ass, especially since the choices you made in one and two are actually looped in throughout the game. Off topic...I finally got to see Tali without the mask, I was expecting bleh, but damn, well worth the wait in my opinion.
Reaper Mar 22 2012, 10:05 am EDT
Has anyone played the multiplayer and gotten the readyness level so that you have above 5000 effective war assets in SP? That's what is needed to have Shepard lives ending (choosing destruction)
Killer Klown Mar 22 2012, 03:04 pm EDT
I actually have no problem with what happened to Shepard - in any of the endings; what I do have a problem with is, as stated above, the plot holes and inconsistencies. First, how the fuck did some of the people get back on the Normandy (when you ran into them/talked to them on the ground before the last push) Second, was the Normandy the only ship affected by the 'blast wave'? What happened to the, y'know, _entire fucking Alliance fleet that was parked right next to ground zero?_ There are alot more, but I'm trying to avoid spoilers here.
Terminator Mar 22 2012, 03:11 pm EDT
I can't imagine why Joker took the Normandy and left the fleet. Did he get a case of chicken shit syndrome?
  MajFauxPas: Joker didn't leave, he was magically teleported to an…
tei187: ^ obviously... there is no other explanation. "art…
MajFauxPas Mar 22 2012, 06:45 pm EDT
Muzyka is talking about adding DLC in that quote.


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