Is “Clarification” DLC Enough for ME3? Forum Poll Says No

The official announcement of the Mass Effect 3: Extended Edition was worded vaguely enough as to suggest the possibility of substantial changes to an ending that has drawn strong criticism from long time fans of the series. Alas, BioWare has since engaged in a frustrating campaign that appears designed primarily, and inexplicably, to lower the expectations of the people most interested in seeing that ending changed. For instance, immediately after the official announcement, clarification was very quickly posted to the BioWare’s official blog by their online manager that, among other things, made it clear there will not be any different endings.

Further water was poured on celebrations by the Mass Effect 3 panel discussion at PAX East, as the BioWare writers and devs on hand reiterated that there won’t actually be a new ending. As they kept emphasizing ‘closure’ and ‘clarity’ while promising that choices would affect certain outcomes, the logical conclusion is that they’re probably going to add some “and then this happened’ cutscenes, though no specifics have yet been provided.

One doesn’t need to be a Biotic to guess that fans unhappy about the ending of Mass Effect 3 aren’t feeling optimistic. Over on the BioWare forums, On the PAX panel discussion page, the consensus so far seems to be that while judgement should be reserved until the DLC comes out, it’s not looking like it will actually substantially address the specific problems people have with the ending. Comments like “Seriously Bioware…. seriously?”, and “So… did anyone else notice how Bioware ignored the majority of the questions about the endings?” are typical. We sympathize with the tight spot they’re in; unless BioWare gets the new ending augmented ending exactly right, they’re probably going to lose a lot of customers permanently.

Now a poll on the BioWare forums aims to put a figure to the way fans are feelings. Asking “BioWare are releasing a free “Extended Cut” DLC which, as they explicitly stated, will not change the ending, but rather add some extra scenes to it. Does it really address The Issue with ME3 ending?”, forum members are given three options: ‘Absolutely not. The ending MUST be changed’, ‘Yes, adding more scenes and closure is enough’, and ‘The ending was good as it is in the first place’. So far, the vast majority of respondents are going with option number one.

Right now, the poll can’t be called exactly scientific. Only about 2,000 people have responded. But it’s the latest in a series of polls expressing dissatisfaction with the ending. More such activity is sure to follow.

What say you, Game Fronters? Happy with what you’re hearing about the Extended Edition or, like me, feeling a bit skeptical. Let us know in comments.

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12 Comments on Is “Clarification” DLC Enough for ME3? Forum Poll Says No

Josh

On April 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I want to be optimistic, but it is difficult. I want to refrain from judgement until the dlc comes out but that likely won’t happen. I guess my wall of Mass Effect merchandise may be in vain.

LTenhet

On April 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I’m generally not quite as “Dramatic” as I’m about to be: But this “clarification” is stupid, it completely misses the point of why people were upset in the first place. The Angry Joe Show makes a lot of great points, I won’t reiterate them but suffice to say expanding a crappy ending still makes it crappy. At this point, and after the debacle that was COPY/PASTE Dragon Age 2 I’m not sure if I’m going to continue to purchase Bioware titles, because they will inevitably disappoint.

Freedonnadd

On April 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

Well, unless this dlc makes use of that “space magic” seen in the final moments and “magically” makes us see how brilliant and awestrucking these current endings are as they writers claims it to be, it just won’t matter. Even if it’s free… this whole thing is making my forehead hurt from all this facepalming.

Hunter

On April 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

Usually I’m the one to hate on “fail” endings, and maybe it’s because I expected the ME3 ending to be so bad because of all the fanboy flame, but I actually enjoyed the ending. Now i wasn’t one of those kids that played every single ME game 5 times over again but i was a big fan of all the ME. What bothered me more about ME3 then the ending was the fact it didn’t have as much story as 1 and 2 but that was ok because of the exciting action. Overall I think it was a great game and I actually loved the ending, even though i got the worst one. It was like a movies ending, not what you expected, and kept you guessing at the end. The fanboys need to just shut up and stop flaming bioware for a great game series.

Tom

On April 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Bioware claims that they’re “listening to our fans”, yet they decide to do the one thing the fans don’t want. For the most part, fans are clear on what happens. They’re also clear on the fact that the ending sucks, adds a crap-ton of plotholes, and poops on a lot of the things Mass Effect stands for. The best analogy I’ve heard is this: It’s like Bioware pooped on the bed sheets, but instead of cleaning it up, they’re going to explain why the poop stinks.

Eddie

On April 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I too remain skeptical, I fail to see how what according to Bioware’s description is simply some extended cutscenes will explain away all the glaring plotholes in the original ending such as how destruction of the mass relays doesn’t mean the destruction of essentially all life anyways thanks to each relay wiping out a whole star system, or why the normandy with my whole crew is running away, or how everyone manages to not starve to death stranded on earth…so yeah unless they release some more details in the near future I’m going to remain very skeptical, but hey we managed to get EA allow free dlc to be released which is a small miracle in itself.

Jay

On April 9, 2012 at 2:57 am

Like LTenhet said, “clarification” does nothing to “fix” the number of issues that the ME3 ending has.. A few extra “and then this happened” scene’s accomplishes next to nothing.

So what? E.A. realized that they can’t monetize a new ending as DLC properly, so they half assed the entire thing just to throw there user-base a bone?

Looks like the last E.A./Bioware title I’ll be buying.

SonyFe

On April 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

Well it’s depends. In my opinion even if they won’t write a whole new scenario, some changes are needed. For example the crews fate. I belive that all fellow gamer would like to see what’s the peace (for Shephard gave his/her life) like int the galaxy. I wanna see as Tali and Garrus go back to the quarian homeland, and start a new life together. I want to see James join to the N7 program. I would like to see how the races celebrate peace. And i definitely want to see shepards well earned memorial for gods shake!
Sorry for the poor english.

Dusk

On April 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

Actually, I’m afraid someone at bioware have misunderstood why people are upset. People don’t want necessarily an happy retcon of the same ending as someone seems to imply now and then (not that there would be something inherently wrong with an happy ending, if done properly), and they don’t want to watch 10 minutes of issues being handwaved, the current ending should simply be ditched in favour of something that makes sense.

There are many plotholes in ME3 before the ending if you just think about it for a few moments, sure, but the last 10 minutes simply go 100% insane, put shepard way out of character and ignore any choice you made. The last point may be fixed by some extra footage, but everything else needs something more than clarification. Anyway, it’s not like this is the first time a game gets its ending changed or expanded. This happened quite a few times already.

I’m not optimistic, and probaly this is going to be the last bioware game I have ever bought. We’ll see.

Manolo

On April 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Until I actually see what the DLC actually includes, i’ll try to not have any hopes. Although some text explaining wtf happened after each coloured explosion OR some actual conversation with the starbrat, like pointing out its flawed logic or suggesting actual alternatives.
Also why and how Joker ‘n crew were fleeing the battle. I’ll be satisfied with decent answers.

Lee

On April 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

For people who want a happy ending cannot have one. Here are the reasons why. One reason, even if the mass relays stay intact, the citedal gets rebuilt, and Sheperd is alive and get’s reunited with his or her love interest, Sheperd is too mentally scarred to have a happy life. With the loss of Kaiden or Ashley on Virmire to the loss of Than Krios, Legion, Mordin just to name a few, Sheperd will have those losses haunting him for the rest of his or her life. The second reason is well what most soldiers in real life face, post dramatic stress disorder. It may affect Sheperd so much that one day he may think about ending his or her life, afterall some wounds can never be fully healed.

DisgruntledGamer

On May 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

First of all, WHAT is Bioware’s gain behind their infamous “artistic integrity”? Why do they persist on this point? Why was the ending _supposedly_ (as “leaks” indicate) written on a knee, overnight, and passed to the gamers as the only true, kosher, “that’s all, folks, period”? You know, I live in a country the government of which has been consistently failing at anything they promised and they ride the wave on PR only – yes, you’ve got it: that makes them drop their credibility with every passing day. Bioware seems to follow the same pattern, and soon there will be the breaking point where PR is not enough; perhaps they’ve actually passed beyond that. I don’t believe they are blind to this fact, so what’s their game, actually? I just can’t wrap my brains around it. Considering the analogy to Polish government – yes, the clue is obvious, to keep PR’ing until the next elections. But for Bioware? No (obvious) gain in their persistence. They are losing it completely, and they have lost me as to “why”. Perhaps EA and its huge budgeting capacity (and the deadline pressure – remember “ME3 due on Christmas”, “ME3 moved to March”?) are the reasons; but hey, Bioware’s portfolio makes them always a viable buy to any other company if EA decides to drop them. So… WHAT THE HELL is it all about? :|