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[Update] Mass Effect 3 executive producer Casey Hudson has issued the following statement on Mass Effect 3's endings:
There’s been a lot of discussion and debate about the conclusion of Mass Effect 3, so I thought I’d share my perspective with you here. I’ll avoid outright spoilers, but I’d still recommend finishing the game and experiencing it for yourself before reading this.
For the last eight years, Mass Effect has been a labor of love for our team; love for the characters we’ve created, for the medium of video games, and for the fans that have supported us. For us and for you, Mass Effect 3 had to live up to a lot of expectations, not only for a great gaming experience, but for a resolution to the countless storylines and decisions you’ve made as a player since the journey began in 2007. So we designed Mass Effect 3 to be a series of endings to key plots and storylines, each culminating in scenes that show you the consequences of your actions. You then carry the knowledge of these consequences with you as you complete the final moments of your journey.
We always intended that the scale of the conflict and the underlying theme of sacrifice would lead to a bittersweet ending—to do otherwise would betray the agonizing decisions Shepard had to make along the way. Still, we wanted to give players the chance to experience an inspiring and uplifting ending; in a story where you face a hopeless struggle for basic survival, we see the final moments and imagery as offering victory and hope in the context of sacrifice and reflection.
We've had some incredibly positive reactions to Mass Effect 3, from the New York Times declaring it “a gripping, coherent triumph”, to Penny Arcade calling it “an amazing accomplishment”, to emails and tweets from players who have given us the most profound words of appreciation we've ever received.
But we also recognize that some of our most passionate fans needed more closure, more answers, and more time to say goodbye to their stories—and these comments are equally valid. Player feedback such as this has always been an essential ingredient in the development of the series.
I am extremely proud of what this team has accomplished, from the first art concepts for the Mass Effect universe to the final moments of Mass Effect 3. But we didn't do it on our own. Over the course of the series, Mass Effect has been a shared experience between the development team and our fans—not just a shared experience in playing the games, but in designing and developing them. An outpouring of love for Garrus and Tali led to their inclusion as love interests in Mass Effect 2. A request for deeper RPG systems led to key design changes in Mass Effect 3. Your feedback has always mattered. Mass Effect is a collaboration between developers and players, and we continue to listen.
So where do we go from here? Throughout the next year, we will support Mass Effect 3 by working on new content. And we’ll keep listening, because your insights and constructive feedback will help determine what that content should be. This is not the last you’ll hear of Commander Shepard.
We look forward to your continued support and involvement as we work together to shape the remaining experiences in the story of the Mass Effect trilogy.
Thanks for taking this journey with us.
[Original Story] Following fan outrage and a number of online petitions, BioWare said today it will discuss the endings to Mass Effect 3 in due time.
BioWare said its listening to what fans are saying and are waiting until more people finish the game. "We appreciate everyone’s feedback about Mass Effect 3 and want you to know that we are listening," BioWare community manager Chris Priestly wrote on the official forums.
"Active discussions about the ending are more than welcome here, and the team will be reviewing it for feedback and responding when we can. Please note, we want to give people time to experience the game so while we can’t get into specifics right now, we will be able to address some of your questions once more people have had time to complete the game.
"In the meantime, we’d like to ask that you keep the non-spoiler areas of our forums and our social media channels spoiler free. We understand there is a lot of debate on the Mass Effect 3 ending and we will be more than happy to engage in healthy discussions once more people get to experience the game.
"We are listening to all of your feedback."
i think that the endings were not so bad, but they weren't great, the expectations were too high...the main problem is that Bioware ended the series with a boom, that make no sense at all... without explaining what is the catalyst and what happened next... is just like... Flash, end scene and credits... then everyone is WTF???? did i just played 400 hours of this for a one minute ending?
Go ahead and cut me down, but I liked the ending, however I wish there was more beef, more of what we did show up in the end, how are choices paid off, more dialogue options etc.
I think the endings were good but after the the first two previous game variations in the endings, this variation for the ending was .... just not there. I even heard one say "Same ending just with different colors". I think people would also have been pleased with even just seeing a little bit of what happens to everybody in it. So that mystery that you guys wanted is still there but we get to see the after effects of your choices within the game's world. Right now you don't really get to see the world you've made after everything goes down. -The game was amazing. I love the multi-player, the relationships and the overall game. They have to realize that they've done an amazing job to have the fans so invested into the ME realm. But in the end it is THEIR game so whatever they do fans will just have to suck it up and honor these guys who have become major gaming legends. ;)
I've got a perfect place to discuss this. My newly posted blog on the same subject! :D
Am I the only one who realizes that no one is going to change anyone's mind and that arguing which side, like the ending or hate the ending, is right is pointless? No one wins in a debate over opinions, except the people who enjoy internet drama. And that the people who want a new ending aren't going to change their minds because of name calling?
I guess what I'm trying to say is that everyone on the internet needs to learn the difference between "your" and "you're."
goodie gumdrops.now fix em.
Thank you BioWare! Now to hurry up and beat the game and save the galaxy!
my guess is its to troll people or it is setting up for something else in the series
If it's the Indoctrination theory then It's the greatest ending in Video Game History but If it's not then I must say that was the worst writing I've ever seen from Bioware, I really hope it's the Indoctrination theory.
i just don't wanna build up a whole alliance of people only to not see them in action at all at the end of the game for real???