Sigh, you really can never please gamers, can you developers? This whole fiasco with the ending of Mass Effect 3 has been in the headlines for many days, and now Bioware/EA has announced that they will be releasing the “improved” ending this summer for FREE. Yes, I capitalized FREE because the DLC is FREE and yet we still have people complaining about FREE DLC; get the point? Good. Before you say, “well it’s just a few extra cutscenes”, it still involves the developers using extra development time and money in an attempt to please (or perhaps appease) their fans.

I understand fans of the series wanting a proper ending as a result of their apparent dissatisfaction at the one that was included. Is it really necessary, though, to bash them for not giving a darn about fan feedback, only to continue to do so when that is what they are evidently trying to do. Since the announcement that they would be expanding the ending, gaming sites have been rife with articles proclaiming that Bioware has caved to demands and disrespected the fans, among other arguments. Reading these ‘opinions’ leaves me feeling a bit like a spoilt brat, especially when you look back at the furore that erupted when the game first hit, and much of the unpleasantness directed at Bioware, almost ordering them to change the ending.

This isn’t the first time an event like this has happened; a whole weeks worth of articles screaming at a developer to “fix” or change something about their game only to call foul when that not so constructive criticism is taken into consideration.  That’s honestly sad to see. Of course, not every fan out there was pointing fingers so this isn’t a generalization of all Bioware fans. All I can say is that this aspect of the past week of gaming journalism has left me a little ashamed.

This quote is directly from Bioware’s blog post about the ending and it’s a statement I’m glad to hear them say.

Are we proud of the game we made and the team that made it? Hell yes. Are we going to change the ending of the game? No. Do we appreciate the passion and listen to the feedback delivered to us by our fans? Very much so and we are responding

They also posted a mini faq to give fans a better idea of what the DLC is intending to do and what it includes in terms of content.

What can fans expect from the Extended Cut DLC?
  • For fans who want more closure in Mass Effect 3, the DLC will offer extended scenes that provide additional context and deeper insight to the conclusion of Commander Shepard’s journey.
Are there going to be more/different endings or ending DLCs in the future?
  • No. BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.
What is BioWare adding to the ending with the Extended Cut DLC?
  • BioWare will expanding on the ending to Mass Effect 3 by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.
When will the Extended Cut DLC be available?
  • Currently the Extended Cut DLC is planned for this summer, no specific date has been announced at this point.
Why are you releasing the Extended Cut DLC?
  • Though we remain committed and are proud of the artistic choices we made in the main game, we are aware that there are some fans who would like more closure to Mass Effect 3. The goal of the DLC is not to provide a new ending to the game, rather to offer fans additional context and answers to the end of Commander Shepard’s story.

 

Nick Calandra
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  1. Some of the fans are overreacting to this DLC already, I was someone who was very unhappy with the ending as it was for many many reasons and I am very glad Boware will be releasing this DLC. It shows they have listened to the fan base which is what all developers should do, there is no need for the fans to get nasty about it.

    However since they didn't deliver on their original ending promises I imagine they will be an even bigger outcry if they don't deliver on this. I just want more DLC, lots of universe to explore. 

    1.  I read a comment on N4G earlier that pissed a lot of people off (of course) but made sense. If you didn't like the ending of a book are you just going to message the author and tell them to change it? It's their story and its how they wanted it to be told. I'm just glad the developers are doing something rather than just blowing it off.

      1.  Its tricky to compare it to a book, a book can't be changed with a bit of DLC. But what if you were the author of the book? You had told people it would end a certain way before they bought it. (We were told it wouldn't be an A B or C ending and our past decisions over the three games would matter) and then when it was finally released your ending to the book was pretty much the opposite of what you told people it would be, would you be surprised if people complained and wanted it changed? Would you change the ending? After all as an author you would want to continue selling more books.

  2. fans have a right to their opinion and a right to express it. while I don't respect gamers who insult developers themselves and attack them in hurtful ways, they have every right to demand or ask for new endings if they didn't like the original. what makes you think authors haven't received e-mails or letters from fans asking them to change something in their book? I respect artistic integrity but only if it is merited. the ME3 ending(s) was well done production wise in my opinion (beautiful music and suspense) but it all felt like a slap in the face to all my efforts and decisions in the game. I will wait to see if the new DLC (which I am grateful for Bioware to have even considered, and release for FREE!) but they flat out said they will not change the ending. I think they should have kept it but introduced more variety in the endings based on your actions…you know, what they promised in the first place. You can't please everyone, but Bioware shouldn't pretend this is just some small vocal group of "their most loyal fans" when its obvious the dissapointment is more widespread. I'm curious to see how a franchise I love dearly will continue despite the galactic consequences that every single ending depicts. the games codex and From Ashes DLC eludes to what would have happened in the aftermath to several solar systems. I can't wait for more ME games but honestly, this one left a sour taste because of the last 5 minutes of an otherwise extraordinary emotional journey.

  3. well what i think is that it is just an ending to a video game like come on is it serieosly the end of the world you guys have to relize that

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