Firstly, I apologise for the slightly baffling title to this news story, but, as I’m sure you can understand, the avoidance of spoilers is something that should be taken very seriously. As such you can consider this your official warning: this news story contains spoilers regarding the ending/s of Mass Effect 3, including the Extended Cut DLC. As such, if you have not completed Mass Effect 3 and do not want to spoil anything, STOP READING NOW!
Alright, still here? You’ve completed Mass Effect 3 or simply don’t mind spoilers? Okay, let’s do this.
During the ending of the game, there’s a two-second long scene during what has become known as the “Destroy” ending that shows somebody in N7 taking a ragged breath before everything cuts to black. It has widely become accepted that the person in the scene is none other than Commander Shepard, signifying, of course, that he’s alive. With the Extended Cut DLC another scene is added which shows Shepard’s love interest about to place Shepard’s name on the memorial, but hesitating. Now, Tully Ackland of Bioware has clarified, via the official Bioware Forums, that these two scenes are indeed meant to signify that Shepard is alive:
“You may notice that in the “Shepard lives” ending, the love interest hesitates to place Shepard’s name on the wall, and instead looks up as though deep in thought. This is meant to suggest that the love interest is not ready to believe Shepard is dead, and the final scene reveals they are correct.”
Okay, so it’s confirmation of the conclusion that most of the universe had already come to, but it’s still nice to know that we were right.