BioWare Was “Genuinely Surprised” by Reaction to ME3 Ending
The fan outrage caused by the ending to Mass Effect 3 — and the conclusion to the series — has “genuinely surprised” BioWare.
In a lengthy statement posted to the BioWare social forums, BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka said:
Mass Effect 3 concludes a trilogy with so much player control and ownership of the story that it was hard for us to predict the range of emotions players would feel when they finished playing through it. The journey you undertake in Mass Effect provokes an intense range of highly personal emotions in the player; even so, the passionate reaction of some of our most loyal players to the current endings in Mass Effect 3 is something that has genuinely surprised us. 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.
Be sure to read Muzyka’s full statement.
I must say, I’m genuinely surprised that he’s genuinely surprised. The fact that BioWare concluded a series with “so much player control and ownership of the story” the way they did and didn’t expect rage to be within “the intense range of highly personal emotions in the player” is mind-boggling.
The only range of emotions I’ve observed in the community has been denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.