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BioWare issued a statement this morning saying it has made no decision regarding requests to change the endings of Mass Effect 3.
The studio published an update on its Facebook page explaining it is taking all player feedback into consideration. Below is BioWare's full statement.
We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game. In this post it was stated that at this time we do not have plans to change the ending.
We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out. At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending. Your feedback and opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.
Our top priority regarding this discussion is to keep communication with you, our loyal fans, open and productive.
On Friday, executive producer Casey Hudson published a letter online saying, "This is not the last you’ll hear of Commander Shepard." Numerous online petitions from fans asking BioWare to change Mass Effect 3's endings have surfaced since the game's release earlier this month. One fan claims he filed a complaint with the FTC.
While I am kind of disappointed at the ending, my disappointment was for a different reason than those that I've read.
I'm disappointed that the ending was so brief. It felt like it was cut short. Spoilers Ahead....
I chose the synthesis option, both Shep and Anderson have died. A lot of questions are hanging in the air for me. "What's happened to the squad that was with me before I got burned by Harbinger?"; "What happens to Wreav/Wrex?"; "What happens to Garrus?"; "What happens to the Geth/Tali?"; "What happens to Ashley/Kaiden?"; "What happens to Earth? With the relays destroyed, does that mean all the surviving races are stuck on Earth?"; "What about the Reapers? What happens to them?
I was hoping Mass Effect 3 was going to tie off everything into a neat little knot. But instead, it tied off one knot, and left everything else hanging loose.
However, the lack of variation in endings doesn't bother me. How else is it supposed to end? There can only be two outcomes to this conflict. Win or Lose. That's it. And there can only be so many variations to either of those outcomes.
you're kidding right?
the ending is incomprehensible and it contradicts with every single thing in the mass effect universe, the better stop considering, bio, and start working on the real ending.
As legion would say, we're building a consensus
While I didn't love the choices you are left with at the end, it is shocking to see how big of a collective baby the gaming community can be. The endings are not terrible in any way. Not being given the Disney ending everyone wanted they just threw a giant temper tantrum. Get over it... it's not that bad.
While I appreciate developers, especially BioWare, taking feedback and listening to their fans I really don't think they need to change the ending. I liked the ending I got and I didn't even get the best one. I personally like endings that are left open to interpretation. Seeing as how I made a lot of decisions that sculpted my own story as Commander Shepard, not having everything spelled out let me decide what I thought everything meant and at what state the galaxy was left in.
I really don't see why people have their panties up in a bunch because of Mass Effect 3's endings. I probably never will...
I don't care one ounce of my being about the three ending choices. What I have a problem with, is how little we know of who survived and what people do after the choice at the end! I think we should all have expected Shepard was going to have to make a drastic choice, and none of them were going to be super happy, fluffy, feel-good everyone survives endings. I had a feeling you were not going to survive, just listen to the dialogue between characters at the end before you make your push to the beacon. They all realize they probably won't make it this time. But back to my main point, there is no good feeling of closure with all the characters we have known for like seven years. It's just, "oh cool, two people stepped out of the ship alive, but where is everyone else? What happened to the rest of them?" Then boom, credits roll, totally unsatisfying. Fix it bioware, fix it.
16k views... Really shows that people are really interested in BioWare doing something about this.
Also delaying the game so javik could be on disc would have been blasphemy!
LEAVE THEM THE SAME. Bioware please don't give into these whining little pricks' demands.