'Mass Effect 3' developers exploring ways to address the ending

Published Mar 21 2012, 17:27 GMT  |  By

Mass Effect 3 developers BioWare are exploring "content initiatives" for fans seeking further closure.

The game's controversial ending has come under criticism for failing to answer important questions, with some fans campaigning for a reworking through a patch or with DLC.

In a statement to Mass Effect 3 fans, BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka said that the studio was working on a number of "content initiatives" and would reveal more in April.

'Mass Effect 3' screenshot

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'Mass Effect 3' screenshot

© EA



"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," reads the statement.

"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.

"To that end, since the game launched, the team has been poring over everything they can find about reactions to the game - industry press, forums, Facebook, and Twitter, just to name a few.

"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."


Muzyka went on to stress that the team was trying to find the right balance between the "artistic integrity of the original story, while addressing the fan feedback" and that plans remain in place to support the game through additional content and future titles.

The game's ending was recently defended by 'BioShock' creator Ken Levine, who said that further changes would lead to more disappointment.

Director Casey Hudson previously defended its ending, claiming that the polarising conclusion makes it more memorable.

Mass Effect 3 shipped 3.5 million copies worldwide during its first week on sale, making it the biggest entertainment launch of the year, according to publisher Electronic Arts.

Mass Effect 3 is available on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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