Bioware have already hinted several times that they may be releasing DLC that either changes the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3 or that provides more closure for the fans who come to love the characters, setting and gameplay of the legendary series. But now a statement from Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka seems to confirm that DLC which will somehow be tied to the ending is coming, and may already be in the works with more information to come in April. Aside from DLC, Ray also admits that Bioware were surprised by the intensity of the reaction they had from fans and was adamant that Bioware are listening to every single suggestion and piece of criticism fans are levelling at them. He also wanted fans to know, though, that they would not be listening to simple hate comments.
You can read his full statement, HERE.
“believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds, and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism. At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.”
“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.”
“To that end, since the game launched, the team has been poring over everything they can find about reactions to the game – industry press, forums, Facebook, and Twitter, just to name a few. The Mass Effect team, like other teams across the BioWare Label within EA, consists of passionate people who work hard for the love of creating experiences that excite and delight our fans. I’m honored to work with them because they have the courage and strength to respond to constructive feedback.
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.”
Ray finished up on a positive note, asking that gamers don’t just follow the Internet trend but rather play the game for themselves and let Bioware know what they think of, and to let friends know if the game is good as a whole, despite the ending:
“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.”
On a personal note, I’d like to see an epilogue that than the current ending itself changed – an epilogue that shows the consequences of our choice in those final few minutes, that explains some of the strange plot holes and, most importantly, that gives me closure on my squadmates who I’ve come to love over the course of three games.
What do you think? Is there ending related DLC coming? Will it provide more choices during the ending? Will it be an epilogue? Is it all just a mad dream!?