Fans React: ‘Optimistic,’ ‘Infuriated’ over Mass Effect 3 Ending DLC
The vocal and active Mass Effect fans who have been clamoring for BioWare to change the ending of Mass Effect 3 got at least some kind of concession from the developer Thursday, when BioWare announced it would release “Mass Effect 3: Extended Edition” DLC this summer.
BioWare was careful not to make many promises about what the free DLC will entail, but was definitive in the statement that it would not include new endings — just clarification and extension of the existing ones.
Fan reaction has been mixed in the first 24 hours following the announcement. On the BioWare Social Forums, where ending-change movements like Retake Mass Effect and the Child’s Play fundraiser to the same effect first sprung up, discussion has been raging about the announcement, and whether Mass Effect fans have actually won a victory.
A large segment of the fan population seems at least optimistic to give BioWare a shot at altering the endings of ME3, and there’s something of a general consensus that any adjustment to the ending would have to be an improvement on what BioWare released as part of the game. Many posters on the Retake Mass Effect Facebook page, for example, were excited that BioWare had seemingly listened to their fans and are willing to wait until the summer to see what the developer has to offer. There were many calls to reserve judgment of the DLC until players had a chance to experience it.
“(It’s) a good thing for now — I will reserve judgment till I play it,” said Twitter user hleeo3, in response to a question posed by Game Front. “Can’t imagine them failing that harder than the original ending.”
But to say the reaction is mixed is to understate the many different opinions being presented by the fan community. Many aren’t willing to take anything the company says at face value as they point to the many promises made about the game in preview articles they feel BioWare has failed to follow through on in the final product.
“This current announcement doesn’t mean too much for the Retake movement,” said Eric, a spokesman for the Retake Mass Effect Facebook page, in a message to Game Front. “Until we have a satisfactory product before us we will keep the pressure on BioWare.
“I am cautiously optimistic about the announcement though I worry about several answers BioWare gives on their FAQ page about the forthcoming ‘Extended Edition’ DLC (such as saying that they will NOT be changing the ending). The Retake movement will continue to send messages to BioWare outlining what their fans are looking for in any new DLCs in regards to the ending.”
Some think that BioWare hasn’t really understood why fans were upset to begin with — that the endings that were released don’t need clarification, because they simply don’t fit with the rest of the series.
“There is definitely not enough information in the press release to be able to decide if this will be a good thing or not,” said Robb, a computer programmer from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and one of the organizers of the now-ended Retake Mass Effect Child’s Play fundraiser. “The mini-FAQ they released made it very clear that they are not altering the current endings, which seems to miss the point of what many people were complaining about. On the other hand, there have been tweets from Community Manager Jessica Merizan which make me hopeful that at least some issues will be addressed.”
The Child’s Play fundraiser earned $80,000 and was originally started to draw attention to the ending change movement, as well as give gamers a positive outlet for their energy and organization. It was ended at the request of the charity, which was founded by Penny Arcade creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, which said it was struggling with people believing the charity had endorsed the movement or its agenda, which it hadn’t.
For other users, the announcement is exactly what they were hoping they would not hear from BioWare. Game Front reached out to several members of the community responsible for the Child’s Play fundraiser, all of whom said they were disappointed in what BioWare was bringing out.