BioWare Issues First Official Comment On Mass Effect 3 Ending
This one nearly slipped in unnoticed, but 3 hours ago, BioWare Community Coordinator Chris Priestly gave what appears to be the company’s first official acknowledgement that fans are not happy about the ending of Mass Effect 3. The statement reads:
We appreciate everyone’s feedback about Mass Effect 3 and want you to know that we are listening. Active discussions about the ending are more than welcome here, and the team will be reviewing it for feedback and responding when we can. Please note, we want to give people time to experience the game so while we can’t get into specifics right now, we will be able to address some of your questions once more people have had time to complete the game. In the meantime, we’d like to ask that you keep the non-spoiler areas of our forums and our social media channels spoiler free.
We understand there is a lot of debate on the Mass Effect 3 ending and we will be more than happy to engage in healthy discussions once more people get to experience the game. We are listening to all of your feedback.
In the meantime, let’s give appreciation to Commander Shepard. Whether you loved the ME3 ending or didn’t or you just have a lot of questions, he/she has given many of us some of the best adventures we have had while playing games. What was your favorite moment?
Though this does seem to confirm that the ending we got is the one they wanted to ship, it is at least far more substantial than Casey Hudson’s vague comments from Tuesday. It would appear they’re waiting to see what worldwide reaction to the ending is like before engaging the issue substantially, but this statement at least officially acknowledges, albeit circumspectly, that the ending is vociferously disliked by a significant number of fans. Whether this will result in a change to the ending is still unknown, but it’s proof, at least, that BioWare is listening.
In the meantime, you have to feel bad for Priestly. Fielding complaints from unhappy customers, no matter how justified they may be, is a thankless job. Even if the comments to this forum post are priceless.