BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka has released an open letter regarding the controversial ending to the Mass Effect trilogy, addressing fans’ concerns and saying the studio is “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”; something they’re planning to shed more light on in April.
That must sound awfully good to the people who’ve been glamoring for news on the matter.
“We’re working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we’ve received,” Muzyka writes. “This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.”
Muzyka further notes that BioWare needs to “accept the criticism and feedback with humility.”
“I believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds, and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism. At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.
“Mass Effect 3 concludes a trilogy with so much player control and ownership of the story that it was hard for us to predict the range of emotions players would feel when they finished playing through it. The journey you undertake in Mass Effect provokes an intense range of highly personal emotions in the player; even so, the passionate reaction of some of our most loyal players to the current endings in Mass Effect 3 is something that has genuinely surprised us. This is an issue we care about deeply, and we will respond to it in a fair and timely way. We’re already working hard to do that.”
Our money is on BioWare delivering more news during PAX next month, which seems like the best place to talk to fans directly.
You can read the letter in full on BioWare’s site here.