BioWare co-founder weighs in on Mass Effect 3 ending debate, says studio is “hard at work” on solutions

A truce between BioWare and Mass Effect 3 fans who are angry with how the studio handled the trilogy's finale may be close at hand. Today, studio co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka issued an end-all-be-all statement to fans confirming that BioWare has heard the complaints and is pursuing solutions that may finally bring peace to the wartorn community.

“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,” he announced on BioWare's blog.

Muzyka admitted the reaction to Mass Effect 3's ending “has been unprecedented”, but stated he's nevertheless proud of his teams accomplishments and the high scores the game has earned since its release. This in mind, Muzyka clarified that while BioWare is actively looking into solutions that would appease fans, it will not sacrifice the integrity of its team or the franchise to make one group happy, insisting, “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.”

The BioWare bigwig concluded his message with an appeal to all fans to avoid destructive commentary, and instead work positively with BioWare as they build upon Mass Effect 3 with future DLC and expansions.

“We’re committed to address your constructive feedback as best we can,” he said. “In return, I’d ask that you help us do that by supporting what I truly believe is the best game BioWare has yet crafted. I urge you to do your own research: play the game, finish it and tell us what you think. Tell your friends if you feel it’s a good game as a whole. Trust that we are doing our damndest, as always, to address your feedback. As artists, we care about our fans deeply and we appreciate your support.”

There you have it, a statement on Mass Effect 3's ending from one of the head honchos himself. Read his full letter and let us know if BioWare is on the right track, or choosing the Renegade path.


  • fault3 - April 24, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    well the biggest thing i have about the ending is this: WHY........WHY is normandy in hyperspace when the massrelays explode??? that makes -NO- sense whatsoever! 1. they wouldnt abandon shepard 2. why would the abandon shepard? 3. okey so they crashed,yeah,but they would have transmitters? and get picked up? for gods sake,even jacobs dad who crashed 10 years earlier in 'effect 2 was saved . i think the biggest thing people is complaining about is that the two endings (are there more?) is nearly identical. and that is just hilarious. its like... they promised that we would have 10 different endings,then they realized that nah it wouldnt work,because a future dlc or mass effect 4 would be hard to start because people wouldnt have gotten that specific ending. and so they decided that yes we will have only one ending. but then the copywriter or something thought about the fans and said hey they will be angry. okey said the boss,and so they made one more ending,just to cover their own backs. i think the ending sucked. the part with shepard was tearfilling,but the rest of the ending was... blah.
  • thesilentassassin - March 24, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    i think it would be stupid to change the ending and every one complaining should just shut up about it let the writers keep the ending they wrote and stop complaining about it if you dont like it then dont play it its that simple dont try and change a good game just because people didnt like it maybe those people just didnt get the ending or maybe the writers wanted us to always wonder what our choices meant either way it speaks bad for the video game industry if they do change it
  • viberunner - March 31, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    It isn't that the gamers didn't "get" the ending. Do you even KNOW why the fans are upset? Apparently not.
  • forestfire55 - March 22, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    EVERYBODY, each this youtube video explaining it the best it possibly can, this isn't spam but this blew my mind by how obvious it is and (if bioware ment it like that) how ingenious it is. Its the indoctrination theory and it makes so much sence! I cant stress this enough just search me3 indoctrination theory on youtube, i would suggest . I'm not spaming but this makes so much sence! And if that's not how they intended it to be tell them that this explanation is better than anything bioware can come up with. Please, do it for mass effect.
  • mockraven - March 23, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Great find, forestfire! Much of what's in the video I've noticed already and had always wondered about the strange allusions that were existant since ME1. Of course, that video also had many more details that I didn't catch, which is awesome! I'm saving the link for when my friend gets to the end. Anyway, I'm giving my support and thoughts in this comment since I don't want to start a new one: I'm a little late to the game. I just finished it last night and didn't want to pay too close attention to these articles until then. However, after finishing it I came to the same conclusion as others who've said "indoctrination." I don't think the ending was slapped together with haphazard plot holes so much as it was so well thought out you really have to pay attention to see what's going on. I honestly believe the ending was a false one because of its dreamlike quality and the details that drove other players mad, screaming for a "fix" of the storyline. Bioware has made DLC to expand the story of each iteration of Mass Effect; why would they make ME3 without plans for more DLC, anyway? “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 [...]" Also, pay attention to the wording of that quote. Here we have "the artistic integrity of the original story" and "in addition to our existing plan," which implies the ending was very much intended as-is (remember that they pushed back the release date which also indicates that they were finishing the product and not rushing it out the door) and that this apparent "end-all" ending is already incorporated in plans for expansion of the story. Summary: It was intended as a false ending and an indoctrination scene; Bioware has had plans for DLC to expand the story which otherwise wouldn't have been able to continue past the "definitive end" people thought it was.
  • forestfire55 - March 23, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    Thanks for listening, make shire to share this with as many people as you can so they see the genius of the ending and they stop saying how a Multics million dollar company would put tons of plot holes in there hugest game, But this also means that the only true ending is the destroy ending, which is the problem of all make your own ending games.
  • forestfire55 - March 24, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    That Multics was supose to be multi
  • falcon4196 - March 24, 2012 5:40 a.m.

    Even if the indoctrination theory is true then it still was a fairly crappy way to end Mass Effect. We were told time and again our choices would matter, that there wouldn't be just endings A, B, and C. In the indoctrination theory only the destroy option leads to ending were the reapers lose. All those hundreds of choices we made are rendered moot so long as you make a single right choice in the end. We were told that there would be closure and that our questions would be answered. The fact that nobody can agree on what actually happened in the ending shows that that isn't true. Finally if the indoctrination theory is true then why is it that all the cut scenes after you make a choice are identical. According to the theory any choice besides destroy means the reapers won. Then why is it that everyone looks so happy and hopeful? Why is there still some grandpa talking about the Shepard in the future is the Reapers would go on to wipe out the organic species?
  • forestfire55 - March 24, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Good questions, first, you have to know that if he chooses to destroy the reapers, the reapers don't really get destroyed, he just frees himself, if he chooses otherwise, he gives into it. Also, the cut scenes don't really happen, its just whst shepard wants to happen. Also, notice when he takes his one breath in the end, that hes surrounded by rubble, not metal from the citedel, he wakes up when he gets hit by that one beam when hes running to the beam, and you only get that ending if you choose to destroy the reapers. And the part with the old guy is biowares way of saying that everything turns out in the end. They may change the ending because people lack the thinking power and patience to see an ending that isn't paper thin... they just want big explosions and an explanation, which may happen
  • IcePotato - March 22, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    If the indoctrination theory is cannon, then its a fantastic ending, if its not, then its garbage. I also like how my war assets basically played no role in the ending.
  • viberunner - March 31, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    Canon not cannon.
  • RedOutlive. - March 22, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    So on top of "streamlining" (which is a buzz word for dumbing down to the extreme) games they need to release extra content to make it worth playing. Good stuff EA i'm glad I didn't fall for ME3 after I saw how Bioware wanted to be in bed with the casual-brown-corridor-cover-shooter aspects in ME2.
  • Alestia - March 22, 2012 9:41 a.m.

    i like the indoctrination theory it really dose tie thing together how ever some thing should have been said along the lines of that you are your own worst enemy. with out the indoctrination theory its got loop hole and stupid sick plot twist and half baked idea that make no since. if they do expand the ending showing the reapers defeated and harmony through out the galaxy id be content it a grave site/ memorial on the love intrest home world for shep if she/he dies, happily ever after woudl ba a lil bit to soft i think.
  • mothbanquet - March 22, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    I'm not going to rehash all the arguments here. Instead I'll simply say thank you to GR for being one of the very few games publications that hasn't actually taken sides in this, and are simply reporting the facts. It is to your credit.
  • Inthedistrict - March 22, 2012 10:19 a.m.

  • KolbitosFruitJuice - March 21, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    This is good news, but I doubt they will scrap the AI godchild and just write a new ending. Which, in my opinion, is what needs to be done. Because frankly, I proved the Godchild wrong by uniting the Quarians and the Geth, and Joker and EDI. Why must I destroy them as well if I destroy the Reapers? That makes no sense. However, if they can address the following issues, even without changing that part of the story, then they will have done a great service to themselves, the franchise and their fans. 1. Plot holes; Fix them. Simple as that. I won't list them, but they are numerous. Doesn't even have to be gameplay. Just small cutscenes explaining stuff. 2. War assets: They need to matter. There needs to be drastic consequences for not garnering enough support. Not just "Oh look Big Ben disintegrates if you don't have X amount of War Assets." That makes no sense. There is a huge disconnect between War Assets and how the endings play out. 3. Closure/epilogue: We would like to see the fates of our squadmates and the races we united. This means scrapping that jungle planet, because no way in hell would our squad be running away from the fight. Also, Bioware needs to sit down, and REALLY look at what went wrong. I would be disappointed in them if they ignored the very obvious problems and said, "Oh, well WE think its still a wonderful ending and there's nothing wrong with it, but we'll make a new one to appease the rabid fans." That..........would reflect poorly on them as writers and editors. Its similar to all you folks who enjoyed the ending. I'm ecstatic that you can enjoy the endings, but its smart to acknowledge that there are problems with it. You can say that you loved the endings because you were able to ignore its faults, but to deny the existence of the plot holes would be a bit foolish. For example, I loved the Avatar movie, even though it was unoriginal, contrived and pretty much Dancing With Wolves in Space. I acknowledge these faults, and for the same reason, my buddy didn't like it. And again, I'm very happy that there are some people out there who enjoyed the ending. That makes me happy. And to you I say, don't buy/download the DLC when it comes out. Stick with what you love!
  • lilj805 - March 21, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    You're so lame...
  • mothbanquet - March 22, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    This is pretty much how I feel about the whole thing. @lilj805 - Grow up
  • lilj805 - March 25, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    You're just as lame too
  • Rainbow-Carnage - March 21, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    This whole thing has been blown out of proportion. The ending wasn't great, but it wasn't THAT bad either. I feel like I got my $60 worth.

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