BioWare: We ‘Have Not Made a Decision’ on Mass Effect 3′s Ending Change Requests
As the Mass Effect community continues to discuss and protest the ending of the recently released Mass Effect 3, BioWare has released another official statement — and it suggests a little more motion, although it still effectively says nothing.
On its Facebook page, BioWare acknowledged that it was “aware” that many fans are upset, and also said again that it is “considering” player feedback. It also noted that no decisions have been made on requests to rework the ending.
However, some might argue that BioWare is inching toward acknowledging things more and more, which suggests that disgruntled fans’ fairly measured and courteous protests of their displeasure with the series’ ending are having an effect in the respective bunkers of BioWare and Electronic Arts. It seems the official position is beginning to shift: it started with generally ignoring criticism, shifted slightly to the suggestion that BioWare was “listening” to what players had to say, and now has come closer to legitimizing the fact that many players have a problem with the game as released.
Of course, BioWare and EA still haven’t really given an inch in terms of acknowledging that the endings are a problem, and both companies remain in a state of public relations lockdown, in which they claim they are listening to player feedback without capitulating in any respect. While BioWare has moved slightly away from its policy of silence in the days after the game’s release, it’s far from even really acknowledging that players who are upset about the game have anything close to a legitimate concern.
Meantime, players continue to protest, with one of the most creative and positive elements being a fundraising drive for the video game-related charity Child’s Play. That fundraiser, meant to give players upset about Mass Effect 3′s ending a positive outlet through which to gain BioWare’s attention, has raised just shy of $70,000 in the week since it was begun.
Here’s BioWare’s latest statement in full.
We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game. In this post it was stated that at this time we do not have plans to change the ending.
We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out. At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending.
Your feedback and opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We apologize for any confusion this has caused. Our top priority regarding this discussion is to keep communication with you, our loyal fans, open and productive.