The final moments of Mass Effect 3 aren't
sitting well with some fans, but according to director Casey Hudson,
stirring up controversy was part of BioWare's mission all along.
"I didn't want the game to be
forgettable. Even right down to the sort of polarizing reaction that
the ends have had with people - debating what the endings mean and
what's going to happen next, and what situation are the characters
left in," he explained in an interview to Digital Trends,
adding, "That to me is part of what's
exciting about this story. There has always been a little bit of
mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it's a story
that people can talk about after the fact."
The comments are in response to a vocal
group of Mass Effect 3 followers who have taken BioWare to task over
an ending they believe provides little closure and falls short in honoring the player's choices. Some fans have even gone so far as to set up an
online petition demanding an alternate ending for the Mass Effect
Trilogy that offers long-time players a “more complete explanation
of the story events” and “a heroic ending which provides a better
sense of accomplishments”.
gave no indication BioWare is even considering a rewrite, but did say
future DLC would be governed by fan feedback, explaining, “It’s
very important to us and we will always listen to feedback, interpret
it and try and do the right thing by our fans…We have some really
great multiplayer content and some really great single-player content
coming over the air, and their feedback will become part of how we
other issues, Hudson noted he's happy to see common sense prevailing
in the From Ashes DLC controversy, and equally pleased at how fans
have reacted to Mass Effect 3's expanded relationship options,
adding, “It’s also a learning experience
and I think we’ve learned a lot about how people perceive their
experiences with our characters and what they wanted out of them.
Some of these things that we’ve added or changed about how we view
this is in response to things that we’ve learned or feedback that
we’ve had from them.”
Where do you stand on the trilogy's
final moments? More importantly, does BioWare even owe fans an
Above: This is one of the endings to the game. SPOILER WARNING. You have been warned.