BioWare working on new Mass Effect 3 ending
Friday, March 23, 2012 3:10 PM
BioWare has announced that it is working on a new ending for its best-selling Mass Effect 3 trilogy, following a campaign by gamers to get the conclusion of the third instalment altered.
Despite storming straight to the top of the gaming charts in its first week of release and garnering perfect reviews from critics, some fans are angry that ME3, which is based on the premise of in-game decisions affecting the outcome of events, has what they perceive as a generic ending.
The #RetakeMassEffect campaign, which has a presence on Twitter and Facebook, said: "We are here to show a company [Bioware] that their devoted fanbase has been hurt, and alienated with some of their actions, and to ask for an explanation, and hopefully a solution."
In a statement, Dr Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare, said he was "genuinely surprised" at this reaction and admitted that he found the disappointment of fans "incredibly painful" to take.
However, he vowed to take the criticism with "humility" out of respect to these fans and, praising the "courage and strength" of his team, announced that the developer is already working on possible alternatives to ME3's ending.
"This is an issue we care about deeply, and we will respond to it in a fair and timely way. We're already working hard to do that," Dr Muzyka said.
A further announcement will be delivered in April on how BioWare will provide gamers with the "closure" they are seeking.
"Trust that we are doing our damndest, as always, to address your feedback", Dr Muzyka concluded.
"As artists, we care about our fans deeply and we appreciate your support. Thank you for your feedback – we are listening."
As of today, the RetakeMassEffect Facebook group has 52,720 followers.
The game began this week at number two on the all-format chart.