BioWare May Already Be Retconning Mass Effect 3′s Ending
WARNING! SPOILERS! Just get the hell out of here if you don’t want the Mass Effect 3 ending spoiled because I’m about to annihilate your ability to experience it fresh in three…two…
Sorry about that headline, everybody, but I couldn’t very well write “BioWare says maybe the mass relays weren’t destroyed!” on account of people crying about spoilers and so on. But then again, if you haven’t finished Mass Effect 3 by now and you mean to, I’m not sure what your problem is. Hopefully you’re off helping starving children somewhere and that’s why you’re not playing video games.
Anyway, it appears that BioWare may already be helping players along in their reinterpretations of the events of Mass Effect 3′s ending. After weeks of relative silence, BioWare Executive Producer Mike Gamble responded to a question on Twitter, suggesting that the mass relays that are shown blowing up in the end of the game may not have, in fact, been annihilated — at least in one ending.
Gamble notes that the relays in the “Control,” or blue, ending were “disabled,” though not necessarily destroyed. In fact, he makes that distinction himself. That’s an interesting notion, given that the holographic Catalyst entity at the end of the game said that any action by the Crucible would destroy the mass relays. So are they not destroyed?
Since YouTube is just littered with video evidence of the ME3 ending, I went to the source. After some due diligence, I discovered this video, comparing all three endings and their variations side by side. And while all three endings use the same assets, Gamble is technically correct: You see the relays explode outright in two of the endings — the green “Synthesis” and the red “Destroy” — but in the blue ending, the video cuts away just before the relay is blown all the way apart.
But there’s also this video that reminds us of all the various rules set forth by the Catalyst before the ending choice, where he explicitly states that the relays would be destroyed. Apparently, it seems, that kid was not to be trusted — maybe Shepard shouldn’t just blindly believe whatever a random glowing mechanoid space deity says after all. (Skip to about 4:00 to see the exact line.)
So judge for yourself. Is Gamble retconning the story ahead of the Extended Edition DLC coming this summer? Does the video show something largely overlooked? Or is it just kind of annoying to see all three color-coded endings play right next to each other?
Thanks to Twitter pal @delta_vee for bringing this to my attention.