Fans have been very vocal in their qualms with the ending(s) of Mass Effect 3, which many believe to be crushingly underwhelming to the point that a large group of fans are asking BioWare to change the ending–and, if BioWare’s latest address to fans is any indication, that option isn’t off the table.
Recently BioWare said that they were listening to the fans and, despite a previous comment to the contrary, essentially said that the development studio is considering making some changes–but nothing has been decided just yet.
Here’s BioWare’s most recent statement on the Mass Effect 3 endings in full:
“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.”
Several members of the “press” were quick to label Mass Effect fans disappointed by the ending as being “entitled” and “whiny” that they didn’t get their “happy ending”, but this couldn’t be further from the truth–there are several legitimate concerns being raised over the ending, and said reasons have nothing to do with wanting a fairytale conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy.
Assuming that BioWare doesn’t plan to charge for an ending that gives us a little more closure–and hopefully more answers, too–I’d be all for it. Mass Effect fans were promised “wildly different” endings based on their choices, but even that isn’t what fans want: some want their actions to mean something, and not be unraveled and effectively made meaningless in the game’s final moments. Others, perhaps the majority, simply want the gaping plot holes and contradictions brought about by the ending to be addressed.
Do you think BioWare should change Mass Effect 3‘s endings?