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BioWare didn't want Mass Effect 3's conclusion "to be forgettable"
Posted: 14.03.2012 13:56 by Simon Priest Comments: 24
Director Casey Hudson has addressed the fan reaction to Mass Effect 3's endings, where a significant furore has erupted over how it was all handled by the developer. 'No regrets'.

Hudson "didn’t want the game to be forgettable," and that means even if it got the "polarizing reaction" it has. All the unanswered questions are "part of what's exciting" about it.

There's always been a "little bit of mystery" in the series and "a little bit of interpretation," which is evident in how people are discussing the story "after the fact." Fans are still raging.

A campaign has even launched with raised donations going to charity Child's Play, in a bid to show developer BioWare just how serious the Mass Effect community is in being upset over what they feel was a cheap send off.

"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. That to me is part of what’s exciting about this story," said Casey Hudson. "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."

BioWare take fan feedback very seriously, swears Hudson, and points to Mass Effect 2 and 3 having been directly influenced in some cases to what the community wanted. "Oh, we pay very close attention to it. It’s very important to us and we will always listen to feedback, interpret it and try and do the right thing by our fans," he said.

"That’s why if you look at Mass Effect 2 we knew that people wanted to spend more time with a character like Liara, and so we created an ongoing storyline with her as part of the comics and then built it into the DLC stuff, and we’re always listening to fans. We have some really great multiplayer content and some really great single-player content coming over the air, and their feedback will become part of how we design that."

The community is pinning hopes to a DLC release later down the line that will offer an alternative ending to Mass Effect 3 - one where player decisions are felt to be more meaningful, which has been a corner stone of the RPG series. The problem seems to lie in the 'disconnect' between Shephard and his personality when making the final choice.

Have you played and completed Mass Effect 3? Do you hope for a new ending via DLC? Check out the full interview between Casey Hudson and Digital Trends, discussing the game and its controversies.

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Comments

By djole381 (SI Elite) on Mar 14, 2012
djole381
I seriously hope they release a DLC with new ending. Endings as they are now suck big time.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Mar 14, 2012
JonahFalcon
The endings are terrible because they don't relate to anything that happened before.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 14, 2012
herodotus
Bloody DLC, the scourge of modern gaming.
The end of a Trilogy is where you expect all the loose ends to be neatly tied up, cliffhangers from the two previous titles to be explained and characters in all three to be given their chance to shine in the ultimate of endings in this deep and detailed universe.
Without doing so is like Darth Vader having his helmet starting to come off in "RotJ" and the credits start rolling.
By YouriRevenn (SI Veteran Member) on Mar 14, 2012
YouriRevenn
I loved the characters. Tali reminded my girlfriend, when its all end i just say: WTF was that? :O I want more action with my crew! xD
Then I turned off the PC and I went to see her.. xD

I'm looking forward to a new mass effect. It's has a large fan base.
By Fatal_Shotgun13 (I just got here) on Mar 15, 2012
Fatal_Shotgun13
I hope they release the new DLC with a better ending. I understand that in the end, the old man talking to the little kid stateing, "So thats the story of Sheapard, but details have been lost over time. But alright one more story." I take this to mean that no matter what ending is chosen, in the next mass effect or even DLC the story will resume and i am hoping for a more closing and satifying ending or continuation with the story line.
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Mar 15, 2012
DAmicoThunder
Hey, a lot of the time, developers actually ignore what happened in the past games and just focus on the new one. Only after it's designed do they care about the old parts. And at that point, they just do not want to deal with it so they send the game as it is and promise to update it. all the time this happens. you'd think they have figure that out by now
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Mar 15, 2012
unsilviu
Apparently, they've been dropping hints about how we should hold onto our copies, and that if we knew what was coming, we wouldn't think the ending was so bad... I'll just put the Mass Effect part of my mind on hold until I get news about this, it's no use being mad about something that can't change.
By garry_profilin (SI Veteran Newbie) on Mar 15, 2012
garry_profilin
I have the first two ME games, but didnt rush out with all the other legions to get the third game, will hang back and see how this plays out
also, could the people who are raising money because the ending isn't to their liking, put the money to a worthy cause, like getting Shenmue 3 greenlighted???
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Mar 15, 2012
unsilviu
No, the money(So far it's about 50,000 dollars in a couple of days) will go to charity.
By garry_profilin (SI Veteran Newbie) on Mar 15, 2012
garry_profilin
oh i know, just living in the dreamland where the dreamcast never died and games could have satisfying endings
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 16, 2012
herodotus
That's it garry, just don't run out of your happy pills or the dream bubble may burst:)
Dreamcast....muttter, mutter. Bloody nightmare trying to promote that bugger when I was with EB Games.
By garry_profilin (SI Veteran Newbie) on Mar 16, 2012
garry_profilin
so how would you spin selling ME3 to someone?
By DAmicoThunder (SI Core Veteran) on Mar 16, 2012
DAmicoThunder
why sell it? guaranteed it's gonna become a rare collector's item in...oh...about fifty years XD
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 16, 2012
herodotus
Spin it? Easy. Tell them you can play Shepard as a Goth chick and I'd sell bucket loads:)
By garry_profilin (SI Veteran Newbie) on Mar 16, 2012
garry_profilin
I'm sold!
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2012
BoneArc
well .... i havent seen the ending so i'll go with " Guys , put some trust in the developers and see how this works out .... we owe Bioware THAT much atleast if not more ! "

I hope this doesnt come biting me in the ass when I finish the game ....

cheers
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Mar 17, 2012
unsilviu
Oh, BoneArc, a trollface formed when I read "I hope this doesnt come biting me in the ass when I finish the game ...."
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 17, 2012
herodotus
Just re-sarted "ME 1", as I had not played for yobks and when I loaded my savegame I had no idea where I was or what I was suppoosed to be doing. I had also skipped many conversations and many plot points just wanting to get to the action. Now, thanks to "TOR" I am far more interested in the dialogue and story. I have "ME 2" as well, so I when I can break free from "Crusader Kings II", "King Arthur II" and of course "TOR" I'll be going hell for leather to get through both ames, no skipping any thing.
By then the furore over "ME 3"'s ending might be resolved.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2012
nocutius
The whole point of ME games are the plot and the dialoges without that the games are totally subpar, I would not even consider spending 1€ on them.
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Mar 17, 2012
unsilviu
Perhaps the first game, but the second and third have really engaging combat. It's no Gears of War, but they're loads more fun than the traditional RPG button masher.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2012
nocutius
Well when you put it that way then perhaps, but I'm just not a fan of this kind of cover based shooters.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 19, 2012
herodotus
The action, if you can call it that is pretty dismal in "ME" and I personally loathe TPS's (though I did enjoy "Quantum of Solace" and "John Woo's Stranglehold"). I'm getting bored with Shepard's monotone voice delivery pretty fast however, so by the end of "ME 2" I might just play a female Shepard just to drive that grinding voice out of my head-space.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Mar 17, 2012
BoneArc
Just bought ME 3 for PS3 and I am honestly dissapointed of the default Choices.... Cause I was on PC for ME2 and now I gotta wait for my friend to give me ME2 ... so I can REfinish it.... well thats unfortunate ...

well screw this , I will try to get a different playthrough atm in ME3.... it will suck less knowing that this is ME 3 ... :D
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Mar 18, 2012
FoolWolf
I think that game mechanic wise ME1 was more of a traditional RPG but with space age and shooting - you need more action and you can't help to draw the parallel to FPS games. Problem solved with ME2 - much more action and dialouges easier to get into and all is quicker. Problem - they tried to spill that over to classic RPG medieval influenced with DA2 - which was crap.
ME as a franchise is still way better than DA IMO since it is new fresh and they didn't go all bollocks about mentioning the spiritual follower to Baldurs Gate etc - they will never be able to make a proper follower since they have so obviously moved away from that. The Concept from KOTOR is strong in ME2 and they can handle the space intrigues fine - but for me - the main story is the only reason to play it - the followers are too much like DA2 either you go all in or you go all out since there are so many forced situations and the choices are too black or white.

Well, ME3 is installed so I guess I will soon see how the conclusion ends up.