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Hudson: ME3 Extended Cut won’t make everyone happy

Tuesday, 26th June 2012 02:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Executive producer Casey Hudson has warned that even with the changes implemented in Mass Effect 3′s Extended Cut DLC, not everyone will be satisfied.

“There was some feedback that we can’t address,” Hudson said in a BioWare podcast, as reported by OXM UK.

“There are people who just outright rejected the whole concept of the endings, and wanted us to start from scratch and redo everything. And we can’t do that because that’s not our story, we wouldn’t know how to write that story.”

Although some critics have judged BioWare harshly for bowing to fan pressure over the endings, Hudson said BioWare aims to ‘delight’ players with its stories and give them “amazing worlds to escape to”, so it just didn’t “make sense to make some kind of artistic statement, and then turn our backs on it forever”.

That said, he’s well aware that a whole new can of worms has been opened, since it’s impossible to “completely satisfy everyone”.

“We’ve seen a whole range of feedback, ranging from people who wanted a total redo, to people who had concerns and questions about the original endings, to people who loved the original endings and have told us they don’t want to change anything,” the developer noted.

“So there’s no doubt that there will be a whole new wave of discussion and debate, maybe even controversy. But we didn’t do the Extended Cut because we’re trying to make everybody happy, make it perfect – we just saw an opportunity to expand on things that we felt could add value to the experience, for those that appreciate it.”

The additional content releases tonight, except for European PlayStation 3 owners.

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13 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    I guess they reckoned they’d pounded out so much of the original game’s concepts that the thought people wouldn’t expect any of it to count.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dark

    Meh , i already trade the game and moved on.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Joe_Gamer

    I doubt it will make anyone happy. The intended dark matter ending will always be cannon to me. Mac Walters, you suck.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @3

    I liked the ending of ME3 so its very likely I will enjoy this DLC.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. afinati

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure that the overwhelming response was lukewarm to negative. Most people, I’m sure, want some substantive edition.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M0Cf864P7E&feature=related

    #5 2 years ago
  6. unacomn

    @3 It’s not the dark ending that was the problem, doing that actually took some balls I though Bioware had lost. It’s the leading up to that dark ending that blew chunks. The whole explanation for the Reapers made no sense, quite a bit of the finale of the game made no sense.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Perfectionist

    The biggest issue i had with the endings was that it all comes down to 3 different endings, 1000′s of choices were made previously but it all is condensed into only 3 different endings. It really was a slap in the face of all those who have spend 100′s of hours replaying all the games, making different decisions to see how they affect the game etc.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Noodlemanny

    @7 I agree with that but I also think they should of done more foreshadowing. *SPOILERS* Like you only get one suggestion in all of the games that all life always eventually makes synthetic life and eventually that synthetic life eradicates the organic life. And that’s in like the second to last mission. It should have been something they had been hinting at since the start but instead they just sprung it on you out of no where. Its almost like they didn’t know how to end it and only decided half way though the last game.
    I didn’t hate the ending but the more I think about it the more I realise it really wasn’t very good. Not because they wrote the story particularly badly but because it seems they put almost no effort into making it. Like they did everything else first ran out of time and just quickly threw together something for the end

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fin

    Even if everyone hated the ending, Bioware redoing it sets a bad precedent.

    If games are to be considered art, the developer’s (artist’s) original vision should stand, regardless of whether it was liked or not.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. roadkill

    Fin do you know what happens to bad art?

    edit: Scratch that! Do you know what happens to artists that create bad art? Exactly!.. Idiot!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Deacon

    @9 +1 amen brother

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Henry

    @6 #3 didn’t mean dark ending. He meant dark matter, the leaked script of ME3 last year. Many people believed that was the original ending Bioware intended.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Henry

    @7 Agreed. Ignores almost all previous player decisions.

    @8 Agreed. No foreshadowing and suddenly force it on you within 50 lines of dialogue.

    @9 Bioware didn’t set a precedent. Fallout 3 already changed the ending due to fans request.
    And many artists change their artwork due to audience feedback, especially when they sold it as a product, and especially when the product didn’t match the pre-launch claims.

    #13 2 years ago

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