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BioWare open to Mass Effect 3 plot tweaks following script leak

BioWare is considering Mass Effect 3 script revisions following the leak of an undercooked build and plot details earlier this month. In a recent chat with Eurogamer, BioWare heads Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk said the studio has been following fan reaction to story spoilers since they appeared online, and is open to some late-game edits if they feel they're warranted.

"We listen to our fans all of the time," said Muzyka. "We listen to them on the forums, their feedback from stories. We're reading it all. If we can get ideas out of it that will make the game better, sure. We're not adverse to taking feedback. That's part of our core values, is humility. Any time we get a good idea from fans... they're our audience. They keep us in business."

Muzyka continued to say the leak was a blow to the Mass Effect 3 team, but emphasized the script is continually being worked on, adding, "It was disappointing for them, yeah. They're moving on. They're making a great game. The script, frankly, has changed a little bit from what was released, too. It's been edited. They're always tuning it. They're always making it better. But yeah, it's tough when you see your work displayed. You realize only a small number of people are probably going to look at those spoilers in advance.”

Of those spoilers, Muzyka added fans should not invest too much stock in what they've seen as the nature of the game means some of the dialogue or plot points could be taken out of context. And, if you are one of the ones who have seen a sneak peak of BioWare's next, try not to ruin the fun for everyone else. “Don't spoil the story,” he emphasized. “The fun of the story is uncovering things and exploring and finding new points to adventure in. I hope they don't lose that joy of discovery."

Mass Effect 3 is on track for release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC on March 6, 2012 in North America, and March 9, 2012 in Europe.

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8 comments

  • ClusterShart - November 16, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Just don't listen to your forums Bioware.
  • danger.to.others - November 16, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Granted I'm making assumptions applied from common sense, but I think it's likely most people who looked up and read a leaked script aren't their "real" fans and consumers. I'd bet most those kind of people don't buy new. The kind of people who are hanging out where these leaked items are at, again my assumption, are alo the type grabbing all manners of illegal copies of games instead of purchasing. Am I wrong? And Bioware....you can't possible be this stupid. You're going to announce that people who snatch up leaked material are who you want to dictate and make you second guess your own work? You truly believe it's your bread and butter consumers that are the ones reading this early material? Where has your confidence gone? Don't you realize by listening to people who would read unauthorized early material that you are encouraging them to do it agin and again in the future? Between this and EA's trash talking of Call Of Duty, I'm wondering if there are people left in the game industry above the age of 14. Here's some advice to any developers of all styles of games: Stop listening to ignorant hackers and spoiled kids on the internet to dictate how your game is made. Very few of them are the ones buying new.
  • D0CCON - November 16, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    I skimmed the MW3 one just to check the ending and see if there was going to be another cliffhanger BS moment, but for a game where story actually matters a ton, why would anybody deprive themselves of experiencing it fresh?
  • Kuroken - November 16, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    I have an idea for them to change the script: Reverse Spoiler alert. Keep Legion alive and on the team.
  • onetimebuster - November 16, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    They should leave it the way it is who cares if someone else read the stuff i didnt.
  • Sjoeki - November 16, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    I don't get why anyone would read it. "I can't wait to play this game, lets read the story in advance so I will know everything that's going to happen without all those stupid graphics and buttons to press." Nope, doesn't make sense to me.
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - November 16, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    So many games. I haven't read the leak anyway I want to experience the end along with my Shepard and my bro Garrus.
  • Sjoeki - November 16, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    I can see Garrus at the ending: "Can it wait a minute? I'm in the middle of some calibrations."

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