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.