Endings are supposed to provide closure. Happy or sad, endings give you some sort of a take-away so that whatever you just watched (or in this case, played) doesn’t feel like a colossal waste of time.
For a great many gamers, Mass Effect 3’s ending did not provide closure. In fact, these fans were so unhappy with the ending in Mass Effect 3, that they came up with a conspiracy theory (a very well-crafted one, might I add) explaining that some of the events in the game might not have actually taken place. In hopes that developer Bioware will listen to them and change the ending, fans have sent out cupcakes, signed petitions, and even donated to charity. There’s also been a great amount of debate on why Bioware should and should not change the ending.
Well, Bioware is not going to change it.
What they will do, however, is release a free Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC pack later in Summer that will furnish “additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences.” According to Bioware’s official blog, “the goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.”
If you have not seen any of the game’s multiple endings yet, here’s one (spoiler-free) way of explaining why fans feel so passionate about voicing their discontent: in a previous interview Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson was quoted as saying that “[The Mass Effect trilogy's] story arc is coming to an end with this game [Mass Effect 3]. That means the endings can be a lot more different. At this point we’re taking into account so many decisions that you’ve made as a player and reflecting a lot of that stuff.”
Fans claim that the actual endings in the final game are almost the exact opposite of what Hudson and the game’s official website promised.
Whether or not the Extended Cut will sooth ruffled feathers and appease disgruntled fans, that’s something we’ll have to wait till Summer to find out. But at least it’s good to know that Bioware is doing something about the almost-unanimous outcry from fans.
What do you think? Do you approve? Let us know in the comments.
“I’m Commander Shepard, and I approve this DLC pack. Bioware is my favourite games developer in galactic space.”
Source: Bioware blog