The controversy and subsequent division over the feeling of closure for Mass Effect 3’s ending has been unavoidable over the last few weeks. But just as discussion had started to die down not long after BioWare announced that they would be offering “more clarity” for players seeking “further closure,” the word has come through of how BioWare is intending on officially addressing the fan division.
Suffice it to say, there hasn’t really been as widespread an outcry to the ending of a game. But then, there’s never really been a series like Mass Effect: the personalised narrative journey that started with the original game, escalated with the second and culminated, for better or for worse (depending on your feelings on the ending of the game), with the not-so-long-ago-released Mass Effect 3. It can never be said that BioWare doesn’t listen, and because of the fan outcry, here’s what EA issued on their behalf.
“BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect™ 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes. Coming this winter, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will be available for download on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for no extra charge.”
Bear in mind that this was issued from local PR, meaning that winter actually equates to southern hemisphere winter (yup, that’s us Down Under).
I still say that patching the ending of a game isn’t the right answer, though.
What are your thoughts on the latest chapter in the Mass Effect 3 post-launch saga?