Bioware officially announced today that they have shifted their post Mass Effect 3 priorities to the development of a free extended cut DLC pack that will shed a little more light on the game’s various endings. The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC will by no means change the existing endings, which is something I appreciate in regards to maintaining Bioware’s artistic vision, but it will provide a few more cutscenes and epilogue cinematics to help flesh out the ending a bit more for those fans who demanded more clarity.
I guess this is kind of a win win situation. I never had an issue with the ending, so I didn’t want Bioware to alter it based on some negative feedback, but I’m not against seeing a few more cinematics that may answer some questions about where the Mass Effect Universe stands after the events of ME3’s ending. On the other hand, fans who did feel like the ending raped their childhood will at least get a little more closure to some of the peculiar questions they raised in regards to the ending.
I still think it’s a shame that a great video game developer like Bioware has to justify its artistic vision to some rabid fans, but at least they didn’t compromise their original vision. I stand by my original assessment of this issue though, which is Bioware is opening up Pandora’s Box in regards to caving to a small sector of fans’ wishes for all video game developers. Before you know it Hollywood will be affected next. Why not? If you don’t like the ending of a movie then you should be able to b*tch about it to the director until a new one gets released. Same for books, comics, and anything else that fans of sci-fi/fantasy consume. Do you see what I’m getting at? Sometimes fans think they’re owed something for their loyalty, but they’re gravely mistaken.
The tricky thing with capitalism and a free market economy is that consumers have a choice to buy, or not buy a product. If you choose to buy a product you have to live with it. Now if it’s faulty like a bad Xbox 360, or something that is physically broken, then by all means complain about it until you get the issue resolved. Now if you just don’t agree with the product’s vision, or in the case of a video game, the story it tells, that’s on you and your personal opinions. Companies like Bioware can only hope to please a majority of their fans with their artistic vision. Obviously, there’s always going to be a small population of fans who don’t appreciate the story as it was told, but that doesn’t necessarily give them a right to demand the vision to be altered by the artist who believed in it in the first place.
Even if the ME3 ending issue pissed off 50,000 people, in the grand scheme of things we’re only talking about 2% of fans that were upset with the game’s endings. Should that 2% be rewarded even though the other 98% didn’t agree with their assessment? According to Bioware and the minority I guess the answer is yes, which is a troubling revelation for someone who believes in maintaining artistic integrity despite a small amount of negative backlash towards your vision. Oh well, bring on the hate, because I now its coming. If the comments on Kotaku are any indication to how gamers are receiving this news, there’s still a well defined divide between fans who liked the endings, and fans who did not.
Please head down after the break to check out some official quotes on the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC, and a Bioware provided FAQ on what exactly it’ll entail. If need be, you can also explain to me why my opinion’s make me a Bioware fanboy a-hole who shouldn’t defame fans for starting petitions, and lawsuits, to get a video game’s ending changed by using the comments section below. You’ve still been saddened by this whole debacle…
Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Details and Quotes
Dr. Ray Muyzka – “We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done by Casey Hudson and team. Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe.”
Casey Hudson – “We have reprioritized our post-launch development efforts to provide the fans who want more closure with even more context and clarity to the ending of the game, in a way that will feel more personalized for each player.”
What can fans expect from the Extended Cut DLC?
- For fans who want more closure in Mass Effect 3, the DLC will offer extended scenes that provide additional context and deeper insight to the conclusion of Commander Shepard’s journey.
Are there going to be more/different endings or ending DLCs in the future?
- No. BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.
What is BioWare adding to the ending with the Extended Cut DLC?
- BioWare will expanding on the ending to Mass Effect 3 by creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.
When will the Extended Cut DLC be available?
- Currently the Extended Cut DLC is planned for this summer, no specific date has been announced at this point.
Why are you releasing the Extended Cut DLC?
- Though we remain committed and are proud of the artistic choices we made in the main game, we are aware that there are some fans who would like more closure to Mass Effect 3. The goal of the DLC is not to provide a new ending to the game, rather to offer fans additional context and answers to the end of Commander Shepard’s story.
So there you have it. Are we proud of the game we made and the team that made it? Hell yes. Are we going to change the ending of the game? No. Do we appreciate the passion and listen to the feedback delivered to us by our fans? Very much so and we are responding.
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