Fans React: ‘Optimistic,’ ‘Infuriated’ over Mass Effect 3 Ending DLC
As Cameron Fullerton, 25, a psychology student in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, put it, BioWare’s announcement is only a partial victory for fans who hoped for Mass Effect 3′s ending to be reworked.
“It’s a victory of sorts, but for the movement — not really, seeing as it’s the exact thing we feared they would do,” Fullerton said. “(BioWare is) content to say we’re just too stupid to understand and they will ‘explain’ it for us in cut scenes. It’s more or less where they are coming from right now. I consider it a victory, however, for gaming itself, a victory proving that if you yell loud enough, make enough noise and get enough media attention, even huge companies will listen to some extent.”
Another member of the Child’s Play fundraiser community, Chris Ballard, 26, a student from Rio Ranchero, New Mexico, said BioWare’s announcement was “infuriating.”
“Frankly, I see it as simply a damage control measure — they’re doing the absolute least effort thing they can do that they think will save their reputation,” Ballard said. “My fervent hope now is that it only fans the flames higher.”
There are plenty of forum posts on the BSN that seem to echo that sentiment. As always, the debate continues to rage with players falling on both sides, but among those who were dissatisfied with the quality of the ending BioWare shipped with the game and the announcement to “extend” it, the feeling seems to be one of being misunderstood — either intentionally or unintentionally.
It doesn’t help that BioWare’s Mass Effect 3 panel at PAX East 2012 effectively avoided the issue entirely, despite a huge crowd of people in attendance and at least some of them directly representing the Retake movement.
Anna Mikl, 21, of Vienna, Austria, said that despite what seems like BioWare capitulating to fans and meeting the players who feel strongest about Mass Effect 3 in some kind of compromise, she actually felt as though the Retake push had failed.
“I have to be honest, I actually think we lost,” Mikl said. “They reacted, but decided to only meet the minimum requirements. There’s no way to be ever seen as anything but whiny, self-entitled brats if the Retake movement decides to keep fighting. They are giving us something, but not what we wanted. And that’s not a win in my book.”
Despite that sentiment, both Eric of the Retake Facebook page and Fullerton said they and other members of the community don’t intend to let up on BioWare. The fans they’re affiliated with will wait to see what BioWare offers in its “extended ending” DLC, but they’re not necessarily expecting to be blown away.