BioWare is "working hard" to deal with Mass Effect 3 ending issues

While Mass Effect 3 has enjoyed near universal praise from media reviews, the third game in BioWare's sci-fi RPG trilogy has been slammed by  a number of very vocal gamers. Their main issue is the ending to Mass Effect 3 which, in their view, did not live up to the promise that they felt the game trilogy was supposed to deliver.

The controversy has exploded on the Internet and at one point BioWare's Mass Effect Facebook page said that the development team was not going to do anything to change the ending of the game. That set off a firestorm of negative comments that caused BioWare to retract that message earlier this week.

Today, the official BioWare blog site posted up a message written by BioWare co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka which confirms that the developer will be doing something to please the fans who have been vocal about Mass Effect 3's ending.

In his post Dr. Muzyka states:

The journey you undertake in Mass Effect provokes an intense range of highly personal emotions in the player; even so, the passionate reaction of some of our most loyal players to the current endings in Mass Effect 3 is something that has genuinely surprised us. This is an issue we care about deeply, and we will respond to it in a fair and timely way. We’re already working hard to do that.

Dr. Muzyka adds that more information on these "game content initiatives" will be revealed in April, adding, "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." He also says that BioWare still plans to release additional DLC for Mass Effect 3 along with "new full games", which is a big clue that BioWare plans to release more games set in the Mass Effect universe.

He ended the blog post by saying:

If you are a Mass Effect fan and have input for the team – we respect your opinion and want to hear it. We’re committed to address your constructive feedback as best we can. In return, I’d ask that you help us do that by supporting what I truly believe is the best game BioWare has yet crafted. I urge you to do your own research: play the game, finish it and tell us what you think. Tell your friends if you feel it’s a good game as a whole. Trust that we are doing our damndest, as always, to address your feedback. As artists, we care about our fans deeply and we appreciate your support.

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Damn, what do the whinners want? a happy ending? Sheppard saving the galaxy and everyone survive to the final assault? to hell with that! ... To be honest, at first I felt a bit dissapointed with the ending (whichever way you take), but after giving it some time, I realized that you (as shepard) created hope and a new begining for everyone, and that's satisfying. IMO it would just be stupid and hollywood-like if you were able to defeat the reapers without significant loss. The Mass Effect Saga remains in my favorites list of all the games I played... and I'm almost 40, so, it's a big list.

ReznorX said,
Damn, what do the whinners want? a happy ending?

You obviously have not read anything the vast majority (90%+, according to the poll on Bioware's official website) of players have said.

Happy ending is not necessary. An ending that fits into the Mass Effect universe, makes sense according to the established laws of that reality, and does not rely on some mystical god-child to establish it, is what the vast majority of players want. An ending that does not leave players scratching their heads and wondering "did Bioware just slip me some really bad drugs?" is what the vast majority of players want. An ending that does not leave players feeling as if they were subjected to yet another dose of Anno Hideaki's psychotherapy notes is what the vast majority of players want. An ending that fulfills the promises Bioware developers and representatives made, right up to the date of release, is what the vast majority of players want.
A happy ending might be nice, but it's totally optional - AS LONG AS THE ENDING WE GET FITS THE MASS EFFECT UNIVERSE.

Yinepuhotep said,

You obviously have not read anything the vast majority (90%+, according to the poll on Bioware's official website) of players have said.

Happy ending is not necessary. An ending that fits into the Mass Effect universe, makes sense according to the established laws of that reality, and does not rely on some mystical god-child to establish it, is what the vast majority of players want. An ending that does not leave players scratching their heads and wondering "did Bioware just slip me some really bad drugs?" is what the vast majority of players want. An ending that does not leave players feeling as if they were subjected to yet another dose of Anno Hideaki's psychotherapy notes is what the vast majority of players want. An ending that fulfills the promises Bioware developers and representatives made, right up to the date of release, is what the vast majority of players want.
A happy ending might be nice, but it's totally optional - AS LONG AS THE ENDING WE GET FITS THE MASS EFFECT UNIVERSE.

That 90%+ is what worries me, either my mindset changed in the last months and I noticed until now or something weird is happening to people these days.

Taking all your knowledge into account and my <sarcasm>evident lack of perception</sarcasm>, can you elaborate an ending 'that fits the mass effect universe'? maybe an idea to say the least? Because everyone puts that ending on the heretic's furnace, but I haven't read any acceptable alternative.

techguy77 said,
Everything EA touches gets ****ed up.

This wasn't EA's fault, at least in the creating the endings part, it was outlined in an app called The Final Days of Mass Effect 3, that the ideas were drawn in a mockup by the lead writer from the beggining, and the end was finished when the game was almost ready for certification. In fact the final text of said mockup quotes "lots of speculation from everyone"

Doesn't sound like a good closure to me.

The vast majority of people do feel that the ending did suck, those who have played from 1-3.

Personally the ending and all 3 types of endings were not worthy of an epic multi game, multi year saga like this one. They seemed somewhat disconnected to the first 95% of the story.

Lastly closure. There was no closure on Sheppards allies at all, something Bioware pushed for 2 games seemingly goes down the drain in the last one, they said the squad would consist of less people than ME2 because they wanted you to develop deeper connections with squad mates but what's the point when you do not get any closure on them at the end... Just flashbacks thats all we got.

Even if they had put in a CGI cutscene of what happened to them I would have been happy, all we saw was the Normandy outrunning the shizzle and on of the the endings Joker and Edi making sythetic babies.

If they charge for the DLC that contains tweaks or closure to the endings then to hell with bioware... I would have lost all faith in that company just like Activision.

If videogames are a form of art, Bioware should keep the endings as they are.
They are the ones who made the work of art and they are entitled to master how the story goes as much as J.K. Rowlings was entitled to master the ending of the Harry Potter saga, as much as Clint Eastwood was entitled to the story of Mass Effect 3, as much as Ken Levine is entitled to the story of Bioshock Infinite.

Mass Effect 3 is a game I play, it is not my game, the game does not belong to me. It belongs to the authors.

Edit: Funny nobody notice my mistake: Clint Eastwood was entitled to master the story of Million Dollar Baby, not Mass Effect 3. Although, now that I think of it, given the fact that Cmdr. Shepard seldomly smiles, Clint Eastwood might have played a part in it.

Edited by Vykranth, Mar 23 2012, 2:21pm :

Vykranth said,
If videogames are a form of art, Bioware should keep the endings as they are.
They are the ones who made the work of art and they are entitled to master how the story goes as much as J.K. Rowlings was entitled to master the ending of the Harry Potter saga, as much as Clint Eastwood was entitled to the story of Mass Effect 3, as much as Ken Levine is entitled to the story of Bioshock Infinite.

Mass Effect 3 is a game I play, it is not my game, the game does not belong to me. It belongs to the authors.

As I recall, they weren't as concerned with the artistic integrity of the game when the openly did a contest to choose FemShep's face. In the end of the day, a game is an interactive product, an art is something to be appreciated, a game is something to be interacted with, and when a game that is so much based on the outcome of your choices falters to create a logical ending based on those choices, it is understandable that many people may feel upset.

Vykranth said,
If videogames are a form of art, Bioware should keep the endings as they are.
They are the ones who made the work of art and they are entitled to master how the story goes as much as J.K. Rowlings was entitled to master the ending of the Harry Potter saga, as much as Clint Eastwood was entitled to the story of Mass Effect 3, as much as Ken Levine is entitled to the story of Bioshock Infinite.

Mass Effect 3 is a game I play, it is not my game, the game does not belong to me. It belongs to the authors.


Fans have no right to hijack a piece of artwork. It's fine to bitch. It's completely, utterly unacceptable and cowardly for a company to even entertain the notion of cowing to players by changing an ending or the story.

Mass Effect 3 as a whole wasn't as good as the previous games, I wasn't as invested in the characters as I was the previous games, the universe felt so much smaller in ME3, having only one returnable outpost, this may have been a choice they made, seeing as the galaxy was under attack, but really, no other places? no battleships used as an outpost? or heavily guarded fuel stations? and the absurd concept of the battle readiness for single player being tired to multiplayer, which is obviously an attempt to cut down on used sales and/or sell online passes, then came the ending, that completely disregarded everything in ME3, 2 and 1, no previous choices mattered, the options all had almost the same outcome, nothing was explained, and then that old guy that says 'My sweet' who the hell says that?

I should also note that I am not saying Bioware should change the ending, they made their choices and they and we need to live with it, it was a subpar ending for an otherwise good series.

Now if this was some plot the whole time to add DLC to expand on the ending, then I would be quite angry, but right now I am just disappointed.

JaredFrost said,
Mass Effect 3 as a whole wasn't as good as the previous games, I wasn't as invested in the characters as I was the previous games, the universe felt so much smaller in ME3, having only one returnable outpost, this may have been a choice they made, seeing as the galaxy was under attack, but really, no other places? no battleships used as an outpost? or heavily guarded fuel stations? and the absurd concept of the battle readiness for single player being tired to multiplayer, which is obviously an attempt to cut down on used sales and/or sell online passes, then came the ending, that completely disregarded everything in ME3, 2 and 1, no previous choices mattered, the options all had almost the same outcome, nothing was explained, and then that old guy that says 'My sweet' who the hell says that?

That old guy was none other than Buzz Aldrin, although his inclusion felt unneccesary. I managed to get the readiness with Gibbed's save editor, because even with all sidequests completed and all the races secured, my numbers weren't enough.

burnsflipper said,
I managed to get the readiness with Gibbed's save editor, because even with all sidequests completed and all the races secured, my numbers weren't enough.

Cheater! Anyway, you probably could get enough if do not cure the genophage so you have the full Salarian forces? And be nice to that damn reporter for an extra 10 points. lol

part of me wants to believe it sounds like something good is in store but between DAO2 and now the ME3 ending, ill believe it when I see it bioware.