Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare, has just released an official statement regarding Mass Effect’s fans outrage at the titles ending, stating that he and the team have taken feedback onboard and are working to release “a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey”.
“As co-founder and GM of BioWare, I’m very proud of the ME3 team; I personally believe Mass Effect 3 is the best work we’ve yet created. So, it’s incredibly painful to receive feedback from our core fans that the game’s endings were not up to their expectations. Our first instinct is to defend our work and point to the high ratings offered by critics – but out of respect to our fans, we need to accept the criticism and feedback with humility.
The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.
Building on their research, Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey. You’ll hear more on this in April. We’re working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we’ve received. This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.”
Dr. Muzyka also mentioned that whilst the audience has “uncontested right” to give constructive criticism, he also believes and supports in the artistic choices made by the development team.
“Some of the criticism that has been delivered in the heat of passion by our most ardent fans, even if founded on valid principles, such as seeking more clarity to questions or looking for more closure, for example – has unfortunately become destructive rather than constructive. We listen and will respond to constructive criticism, but much as we will not tolerate individual attacks on our team members, we will not support or respond to destructive commentary.”
I must say, I’m fairly disappointed to see Bioware cave and possibly offer an alternate ending. The expansion of the universe and the provision of further closure and answers to questions is fantastic, but I don’t believe that it should affect the original ending. As Dr Muzyka said, we’ll find out more about what these plans mean in April.
You can read the full statement over on the Bioware blog right here.