Casey Hudson responds to Mass Effect 3 ending controversy

After a week of controversy, the players’ response to Mass Effect 3‘s much talked about ending has drawn out a response from executive producer Casey Hudson. Let’s get right to it:

“For us and for you, Mass Effect 3 had to live up to a lot of expectations, not only for a great gaming experience, but for a resolution to the countless storylines and decisions you’ve made as a player since the journey began in 2007,” he writes in a message posted on the official forums.

“So we designed Mass Effect 3 to be a series of endings to key plots and storylines, each culminating in scenes that show you the consequences of your actions.  You then carry the knowledge of these consequences with you as you complete the final moments of your journey.”

He goes on: “We always intended that the scale of the conflict and the underlying theme of sacrifice would lead to a bittersweet ending—to do otherwise would betray the agonizing decisions Shepard had to make along the way.  Still, we wanted to give players the chance to experience an inspiring and uplifting ending; in a story where you face a hopeless struggle for basic survival, we see the final moments and imagery as offering victory and hope in the context of sacrifice and reflection.”

He then approached the topic of where the game goes from here, saying that downloadable content will be released “throughout the next year.”

“And we’ll keep listening, because your insights and constructive feedback will help determine what that content should be. This is not the last you’ll hear of Commander Shepard.”

Hudson also says he recognizes “some of our most passionate fans needed more closure, more answers, and more time to say goodbye to their stories—and these comments are equally valid. Player feedback such as this has always been an essential ingredient in the development of the series.”

That’s a sign of hope for the more optimistic ones then.

By far the biggest request from players so far is for BioWare to change or add to the game’s grand finale — which, according to several polls on BioWare’s own forums and other sites, around 90% of players are dissatisfied with — as it leaves quite a few questions unanswered. Hudson’s response could be taken as a suggestion that BioWare’s on the case. However, the vagueness of his words are the cause for yet more unrest.

Numerous threads responding to Hudson’s comments on BioWare’s forums call for a definitive answer from the developer on whether or not they have plans to address the players’ concerns. So far though, there’s nothing definitive.

Hudson concludes: “We look forward to your continued support and involvement as we work together to shape the remaining experiences in the story of the Mass Effect trilogy.”

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