Fans React: ‘Optimistic,’ ‘Infuriated’ over Mass Effect 3 Ending DLC
But the community isn’t going anywhere regardless, Fullerton said, because the members have become too close and made too many friends to be easily swept away. It seems the Retake Mass Effect community may well be fairly stalwart.
That’s not the case for everyone. Some, such as Mikl and Ballard, said they’re pretty much done with BioWare.
“I trusted Bioware,” Mikl said. “I supported them. I defended them. I went out of my way to get friends to get and play their games. Mass Effect 3 was the first game where I pre-ordered the Collector’s Edition. Even after I finished the game for the first time, I still had trust in the company. That’s the reason why I even joined the efforts of the Retake movement. That’s why I started posting in the forum, that’s why I supported the charity, that’s why I spent most of the time designing t-shirts.
“Yes, my trust was shaken after the first two announcements. They only saw us as a vocal minority, little kids you pat on the head till you shoo them off so that the adults could talk. But I still had trust in them as a company that up to this point always listened to their fans and took their opinions into account. Romanceable Tali and Garrus? Fan service. And now I have the strange urge to get my car and drive over every single BioWare game a few times. I feel betrayed as a fan. Suddenly all the people telling me ‘it’s just a video game’- I feel like they’re right. Maybe it is just another video game.
“…But I don’t think I’ll ever support the company again. Why should I?”
BioWare’s “Extended Ending” DLC is expected this summer, although the company isn’t committing to a timetable. It seems Mass Effect fans will be waiting until then for the “clarity and closure” BioWare has promised — if they continue waiting at all.