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Mass Effect 3 Epilogue DLC coming next week

The fan outrage over the ending of Mass Effect 3 was heard around the world, but more importantly it was heard at Bioware Headquarters. And now the free epilogue DLC that they promised would clear up confusion about the ending is due to arrive next week on Tuesday, June 26. They've also released a short audio interview with the executive producer and lead writer of the series that explains some of the rationale and ethos that went into the creation of the epilogue.

The most interesting tidbit is that Bioware describes themselves as entertainers, not artists. They say in the interview that it wouldn't be right for them to take an artistic stand and refuse to change the ending because they really just want to entertain people. Which is an interesting counterpoint to the critics who said that Bioware should refuse to alter their work simply because the fans didn't like it.

43 comments

  • samsneeze - June 23, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    Wait. People still cared about this? I mean, I know the ending was bad and all, but they weren't the worst and I don't believe it was at all damning to the series as a whole. It's nice that they decided to go back and change it for the fans or whatever. At the end of the day, game developers have been lying about what their games entail for years now and this is the first time people ever cared. I'm not sure if the gaming community is just slow to the punch or if they even really even care at all.
  • BladedFalcon - June 23, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    "It's nice that they decided to go back and change it for the fans or whatever." You didn't even bother reading what the DLC is about, didn't you :P And well, I think this time is a special case above others because, one, this is one of the most acclaimed and popular RPG franchises, even since the first Mass Effect. And secondly, the game, more than other popular franchises around, developed a huge detailed universe and a LOT of different, fleshed out characters. And this led to a lot of people getting more attached to the series than other more popular, but shallower franchises. In other words, past franchises or games that flat out lied, or has shitty endings, either didn't have enough of a big fan base to cause an effect. Or people didn't get attached or invested enough in the story or characters to give a crap. Take Halo 2 for example, even though it's a wildly popular franchise and game, and people generally agree that the story was shit, it ultimately didn't matter because people never really liked Halo for the story to begin with. For most, the big draw on the ME franchise was the story and characters. And that's why shit blew up more than with other cases.
  • samsneeze - June 26, 2012 2:28 p.m.

    "It's nice that they decided to go back and change it for the fans or whatever." I don't see how you came to that conclusion, really. But whatever. Aside from that, just because you really like something, it doesn't mean that the way people reacted is anything but silly and laughable no matter how popular and well liked the series is.
  • BladedFalcon - June 26, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    I didn't get to any conclusion, it's what YOU said, literally :P Also, I didn't say the way people reacted was correct or deserved, just that it was understandable.
  • samsneeze - June 26, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Excuse me, quoted the wrong bit. "You didn't even bother reading what the DLC is about, didn't you :P" I don't see how you came to that conclusion, really. But whatever. There. And I never said that you said that, just that there really isn't any excuse for it.
  • cptjones32 - June 23, 2012 4:38 a.m.

    I admit myself, I think that the ending ruined the entire series for me. It is not the fact that the ending was terrible, although it was a bit weird, it is the fact that you have nothing in the way of choices whatsoever, or your choices from the past three games can be wrapped up so harshly and count for nothing. I would usually take the stance that it breaches artistic integrity to make changes based off public opinion, but I'll take this one, plus it is the choice of the artist to change their art. However this could add a purple and pink explosion, YAY!
  • LSZ - June 22, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    If the Indoctrination theory wasn't the writers intention, they should steal the idea anyways and pretend like it was the plan all along. It makes far too much sense and works incredibly well on an artistic level for the entire trilogy.
  • avantguardian - June 22, 2012 7:04 p.m.

    i suppose i am one of the few that didn't mind the ending. i bought a 360 for ME1, and beat all three twice (red/blue, m/f). honestly, it would have thrown me off if the narrative style had completely switched (shepard and his/her actions are the focus 99% of the time), to some overarching voice over on the state of the galaxy. i appreciated the fact that, as shepard, making my final decision would be based on not truly knowing the outcome, as i figured i would probably not be able to see it. and i'm fine with that. the first time i beat it, i had a reflective coda, then started a new game. that said, i am curious to see what they do to shut everybody up;)
  • ColtPersonality - June 23, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    you're not the only one my friend, i personally am perfectly fine with the ending, but I am equally excited to see what they have in store for us in the extended cut. A lot of people were kinda upset with Shepard (allegedly) dying, but hey, heroes have to make sacrifices right? and isn't giving your own life the ultimate sacrifice?
  • avantguardian - June 23, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    it is, and frankly, it's what i expected from the very beginning.
  • LordEvan88 - June 23, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    I don't think anyone was too upset about Shepard dying. The two big things were that we had no choice in what happened, which is the main selling point of the game, and also that regardless of our actions the entire Mass Effect universe was essentially destroyed. All of the Mass Relays explode, and it has been a major plot point that the destruction of Mass Relays will destroy a star system. So its logical to assume that Earth and the entire combined armada was destroyed. Provided it was not destroyed, everyone is stranded decades away from home and, in the case of the Quarians and Turians, years away from any viable food sources. Making it logical to assume that your buddy Garrus and Tali are going to slowly starve to death on that planet they crash land on. None of this is properly explained and the ultimate climax of the game the 'Star Child' contradicts the points established in the games, that Organics and Synthetics can co-exist and work together for the greater good.
  • ColtPersonality - June 23, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    yeah, i mean, honestly if I had the choice of Shepard living or Dying, of course I would choose to live, ( I just want to live a happy life with Tali dammit! But yes there are several plot holes in the ending so I guess I do see why people would be upset, oh well hopefully some of those holes will be plugged when the update rolls around
  • haford - June 22, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    As long as they don't do the same thing to Dragon Age, I am happy.... I refused to touch the game from the day after it came out (when I finished it) until recently, when the date was hinted at coming soon.
  • Jacko415 - June 22, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    REALLY? THEY STILL DON'T GET IT? This was why we were pissed: THE MASS EFFECT DECISION TREE ME1 | /|\ /\|/\ ____/ | \____ | /\ / \ /\ | | /\/\| |/\/\ | | / | | | | \ | ME2 ME2 ME2 ME2 | | | | /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /\|/\ /\|/|\|/\ /\|/\ ____/ | \/\/\|||/\/\/ | \____ | /\ / \ /\ /| |\ /\ / \ /\ | | /\/\| |/\/\/ | | \/\/\| |/\/\ | | / | | | | \ | | / | | | | \ | ____ME3 ME3 ME3 ME3 ME3 ME3 ME3 ME3 ME3____ | | | | | | | /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /\|/\ /\|/|\|/\ /\|/\ /|\|/\ /\|/\ /\|/\ / | \/\/\|||/\/\/ | \ /|||/\/\/ | \ /\/|\/\ /\ / \ /\ /| |\ /\ / \ /\ / | |\ /\ / \ /\| | | \ /\/\| |/\/\/ | | \/\/\| |/\/\\/|\| \/\/\| |/\/\/ \/ \/\ / | | | | \ | | / | | | | \\\ | / | | | | \ /\_/\/\ /___|_|_|__|__||_|_|__|_|_|__|_|||_|_|__|_|_|__|__\_/_\___\ \___ ___/ \____ ___/ \________________________________________/ | /|\ / | \ A B C
  • Jacko415 - June 22, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    and of coarse all that time spent making that symetrical descision tree and the comment gets ruined. (kinda a good analogy for wasted Mass effect time.)
  • GR HollanderCooper - June 22, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    Some things are more important than the actions or choices of one man.
  • oryanbelt - June 22, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    I love how Javik is a part of the main cast of characters for the squad at the preview screen when he "isn't a essential part of the game, just DLC..." >_>
  • Pwnz0r3d - June 22, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    They aren't changing the ending. They're merely showing what happens to the galaxy after your choice. The endings are the same, they're just showing the aftermath, which SHOULD'VE been explained already. The Normandy crashing into the Garden of Eden in Shepard's 30 minute hallucination after Harbinger's beam meant nothing. Especially since it WAS a dream. Just tell us what happens to the Reapers. Blue/Green meant indoctrination, Red meant destruction of everything, and since all the endings blow up the Relays, ISN'T THE ENTIRE GALAXY DESTROYED?
  • KnowYourPokemon - June 22, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Well, I finally got my hands on Kingdom Hearts 2... so yeah this can wait, at least then I'll be able to see people's reactions to it before I go possibly wasting my game time once more to see the DLC.
  • Redeater - June 22, 2012 1:28 p.m.

    I find it funny that people defend the end. I know the cast of T'dar didn't have a problem with it but like many games they "play" I assume they never put in much time or just outright didn't finish it. I LITERALLY spent 5 minutes looking at a still screen agonizing over the choice of keeping Tali's group or geth. Had I known that nothing mattered I would have just put a movie on my computer and would have finished the game without hesitation.

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