In case you didn’t know, a lot of people (me included) were pissed over the Mass Effect 3 ending. So much so, that numerous petitions were created and an entire “RetakeMassEffect” movement was organized and continues to be maintained and built upon. Today, fans rejoiced over the announcement of the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events of Mass Effect 3 and add clarity to the massive plotholes and ambiguity left behind by one of the most controversial endings the gaming industry has ever seen. I hope you all reveled in the few hours you had imagining yourselves playing as a victorious Shepard reuniting with his squadmates on the Normandy, because according to a new post on the official blog of BioWare, that ain’t happenin’.
The short article was posted by BioWare to clarify exactly what the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut will bring players. The post again states that the DLC will be focused on adding “additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.” The DLC will NOT however, add different or changed endings to Shepard’s journey.
BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.
BioWare goes on further to say that the purpose of the DLC is to add closure to the game’s existing ending, not to create a new one.
Though we remain committed and are proud of the artistic choices we made in the main game, we are aware that there are some fans who would like more closure to Mass Effect 3. The goal of the DLC is not to provide a new ending to the game, rather to offer fans additional context and answers to the end of Commander Shepard’s story.
Lastly, BioWare concluded with a statement that cements the company’s belief in the decisions that led to Mass Effect 3‘s ending and re-affirmed all doubters that they stand by the development team’s choices.
So there you have it. Are we proud of the game we made and the team that made it? Hell yes. Are we going to change the ending of the game? No. Do we appreciate the passion and listen to the feedback delivered to us by our fans? Very much so and we are responding.
In other words, BioWare would like to take this opportunity to say, “F**k you, the game is our creative vision and if you don’t like it, piss off. We already have your money.”
Is it safe to say that the “Indoctrination Theory” can now be put to rest? If Shepard indeed did not become indoctrinated on his run to the conduit, and the final 20 minutes of gameplay actually did play out in real-time and are actually not some sort of dream sequence, why and how does Shepard survive as revealed in the possible post-credits scene? Damn it BioWare,we want answers!