BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka has confirmed in an open letter that new “titles” in the Mass Effect universe are already been worked on, and that upcoming content will provide “clarity” to Mass Effect 3.
BioWare had promised numerous times Mass Effect 3 wouldn’t be the end of the series as a whole, but this is the first time new “games” in the IP have been confirmed.
The EA label boss also said the ME3 development team is “hard at work on a number of game content initiatives” that will provide “clarity” to the ending of Mass Effect 3.
Muzyka’s open letter follows continued negative fan reaction to the ending of ME3 following its release a week-and-a-half ago, which we summed up this morning.
He added that news on the new content will arrive next month.
“Building on their research, Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are 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,” he said.
“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.”
This is in addition to DLC for ME3 and the new titles promised by Muzyka.
“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.”
He vowed that BioWare would take on constructive feedback rather than “destructive” feedback towards criticism of the game, noting fans who have hit out at the company for ME3’s ending.
“The reaction to the release of Mass Effect 3 has been unprecedented. On one hand, some of our loyal fans are passionately expressing their displeasure about how their game concluded; we care about this feedback, and we’re planning to directly address it,” said Muzyka.
“However, most folks appear to agree that the game as a whole is exceptional, with more than 75 critics giving it a perfect review score and a review average in the mid-90s. Net, I’m proud of the team, but we can and must always strive to do better.”
He continued: “Some of the criticism that has been delivered in the heat of passion by our most ardent fans, even if founded on valid principles, such as seeking more clarity to questions or looking for more closure, for example – has unfortunately become destructive rather than constructive.
“We listen and will respond to constructive criticism, but much as we will not tolerate individual attacks on our team members, we will not support or respond to destructive commentary.”