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.