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Some fans aren't exactly happy with the way Mass Effect 3 ended. Numerous online petitions were even started asking the developer to change the endings. But BioWare says it wanted fans to have discussions about their meaning.
"I didn’t want the game to be forgettable, and even right down to the sort of polarizing reaction that the ends have had with people–debating what the endings mean and what’s going to happen next, and what situation are the characters left in," explained executive producer Casey Hudson in an interview with Digital Trends. "That to me is part of what’s exciting about this story.
"There has always been a little bit of mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it’s a story that people can talk about after the fact."
Casey was also asked to respond to fans that were unhappy with the day one downloadable content From Ashes.
"We chose to work on a DLC which people really enjoyed for Mass Effect 2 and we also wanted to make sure that people had it as an opportunity to build it into their first play-through if they wanted that as an optional thing," he said. "That’s what they did and now that people have played it they can see that, yes, it was optional versus the way it was initially spun by some people on the Internet."
[Source: Digital Trends]
I'm really surprised the script writer for Battlestar Galactica isn't sueing Bioware for the blatent rip-off of their storyline and ending.
All of this has happened before and will happen again.
Whether Casey Hudson wanted us to discuss what the endings meant is not the issue. Promises were made by Bioware and those promises were not kept. If they wanted to promote ambiguous endings that were predetermined no matter what choices you made throughout all 3 Mass Effect games then that is what they should of advertised. But instead they falsely claimed that all of your choices throughout the game had an effect on the ending and there would be many different endings. That is the agreement we as customers made when we purchased the game. What they did is basically like selling a vacuum that doesn't suck. Sure, it may have also been advertised that it can plug into outlets, or uses less electricity, or serve you latte's- I don't know!? But the selling point is how well it cleans, and when it doesn't function as promised the company is obligated to either fix the problem, or reimburse the consumer.
Some fans, even the ones who do want a new ending, say that they aren't entitled to a new ending, but the truth is we ARE! If Bioware didn't want to give us more endings, they should NOT have promised it to us!
I won't say the endings to ME3 are outright bad because they're not. However, the biggest problem I have with them is that they have totally lost track of what everyone loves about Mass Effect in the first place: the characters. The characters are what made the games so enjoyable, and not addressing any of them in the end to the trilogy is extremely disappointing. I mean, give us a funeral scene at the very least where everyone is actually seen or something to that effect. Just give us one last look at the characters we've journeyed with for FIVE YEARS. Not just an, admittedly, cool explosion scene. The endings made me neither happy nor sad, but as someone who has loved Mass Effect from the very beginning, someone who went to every planet in every game and read everything about each of them, I was deeply disappointed with the endings.