With all the controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3, I bet you were hoping someone from BioWare would just come right out and say something like, “Yes, we will release optional, free DLC to finish the ending” or “No, this is what you get and if you don’t like it, too bad.”
This isn’t that story.
Dr. Ray Muzyka, co-founder of BioWare, has come forward on the BioWare Blog with a statement about Mass Effect 3. It’s basically eight paragraphs of PR spin and double talk that doesn’t say anything substantial or new. The first four paragraphs wax nostalgic about how the entire Mass Effect trilogy is art and how BioWare’s disappointed people didn’t appreciate their vision.
The fifth paragraph is the most important and really should have been addressed at the beginning of the entry and more clearly. Here, Muzyka says that Casey Hudson and the Mass Effect 3 team are working on “game content initiatives” that will provide clarity and closure. Note that he doesn’t say that they will create a new ending. The wording here makes it sound like the additional content, which will be discussed more in April 2012, might just add more onto the ending we already get. (And yes, I used the word ending instead of endings on purpose.) He also says that BioWare will release more ME3 content, though I don’t think the majority of fans really care about non-ending DLC anymore.
The sixth and seventh paragraphs are my favorite, because Muzyka tries to marginalize the fans who aren’t pleased with the ending. It tries to make it seem like only a small number of people are displeased by calling them “some of our loyal fans” while also saying 75 critics have it good reviews. He then uses the critical response to assume that most players think everything is okay. He also goes on to say that the response to the ending is being done by “ardent fans” in “the heat of passion.”
Actually, no. The real best part is the very end. Dr. Muzyka says, and I quote, “Thank you for your feedback – we are listening.” Then when you scroll down to leave a comment, you find a message saying you can’t leave a response to this message because “Comments are closed.”
Let’s hope April brings good news. I don’t think it will, but let’s hope BioWare will prove me wrong.
Read [BioWare Blog]