Mass Effect 3: BioWare confirms key Red Ending detail

Monday, 2nd July 2012 09:54 GMT By Patrick Garratt

BioWare’s clarified a major part of one of Mass Effect 3′s Extended Cut endings is, indeed, true. Do not head in unless you really do want to see a massive Mass Effect 3 spoiler.

Spoilers. Seriously, monster spoilers below.

Did we warn you about the spoilers?

BioWare has confirmed that Shepard does survive the Red Ending of Mass Effect 3′s Extended Cut.

It’s seen at the end of the game that Shepard gasps for air before the credits run. Just in case it wasn’t clear, BioWare’s Tully Ackland said the following on the developer’s forums:

“You may notice that in the ‘Shepard lives’ ending, the love interest hesitates to place Shepard’s name on the wall, and instead looks up as though deep in thought. This is meant to suggest that the love interest is not ready to believe Shepard is dead, and the final scene reveals they are correct. As the Normandy lifts off, there is hope that the love interest and Shepard will again be together.”

And there you are. “Much more” ME3 DLC is on the way, so maybe it’ll include the beloved captain. We can but dream.

Via Gameranx and Kotaku.



  1. Hirmetrium

    And yet, its still the worst ending overall because the geth are dead, and EDI is dead. So, for Shepard to live he has to kill two of the greatest assets he collected.

    Synthesis would be a good ending if it wasn’t so retarded and stupid (EDI is living, but doesn’t breath or reproduce, lawl). Scientific definition would still consider her a robot.

    Control is about as good as it gets.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. f1r3storm

    No real need for confirmation here since it was already quite obvious that Shepard lives even without the EC. It was even mentioned in the official guide.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @1 That and the whole “dooming humanity and every other sentient in the galaxy life to repeat its mistakes over and over again” thing.

    Somewhat ironic that what will probably end up being the canon ending of the franchise is also the most short sighted and selfish of the three.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. GwynbleiddiuM

    @1 In Extended Cut, not everything dies, so that’s not the worst ending anymore. And you forgot the fact that Shepard him/herself is partly synthetic so in order for Shepard to live there’s chance that Synthetics can also be fixed or something. Also Catalyst said the crucible’s energy release will effect most of your technology but there’ll be little trouble to fix them. So, it can be fixed.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. hives

    But… How? So indoctrination theory is true? That’s the only explanation. He’s waking up in ruins of London, how the hell could he survived falling from Citadel :F

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Ireland Michael

    @5 The Indoctrination Theory has been flat out denied already.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Cozzy

    @5 In the EC the Citadel is not entirely destroyed and so the “breath scene” takes place in the ruins of what remains of the Citadel.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Demigod

    Um may be Im missing something but which beloved Captain? Anderson hes an Admiral, Kaiden is a Major, Ash is an Lt commander now, Shep has always been commander. Admittedly I’ve not played ME3 yet.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @8 It was probably just a mistake. He’s obviously referring to Shepard.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Demigod

    @9 thanks I was wondered what Id missed. Ill be playing the SP game soon now that the ending actually make some sense. There seems to be a lot of room for story DLC as from what Ive read some characters were rather neglected and an Omaga DLC is unsubtly alluded to.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. KodyxDestroyer

    Woah, Woah, Woah. So, you’re telling me he was in the citadel fell from fucking space, survived the reentry into earth’s atmosphere and then also survived the impact on the fucking ground? I don’t think so. This is just a desperate and quite shitty attempt to be like “SHEPHERD IS STILL ALIVE!”. All they are doing now is just trying to get ME4 out and milk as much money as possible from the franchise now.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @11 I really don’t think re-entering the atmosphere would be that big a problem for something like the citadel, but if I remember correctly, it’s still just floating in space at the end, right? And the environmental controls didn’t give out, or he never would have been able to breath getting onboard the crucible.

    It’s science fiction dude. You could come up its any number of reasons. Inertial dampenders, atmospheric shields, blah blah blah. I still think the biggest offense of the ending is the simple fact that it’s the most short sighted of the three, yet will probably be the canon ending.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. KodyxDestroyer

    @12 Okay, say nothing happens when he reenters the atmosphere, are you going to sit here and tell me Shepherd just survives HITTING THE FUCKING GROUND, from a fall in space! If you can honestly sit there and eat this shit up that Shepherd fell from space and splatted onto the ground and survived more power to EA, just shows them morons will buy their shit no matter what.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. wheezal

    the citadel didn’t fall to Earth. it’s arms broke off, but they floated off to the sides.

    i think thats the point he was trying to make is that Shep was in the center part of the citadel, which is still in space in orbit above Earth.

    when they show the rebuilding, it looks like they’re just pushing the damged arms back into place before doing the bulk fo the repairs.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Cozzy

    @13 In the EC most of the Citadel remains intact and the “breath scene” is implied to take place on the Citadel which stayed in orbit/next to Earth.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. TheWulf

    The way I see it is this:

    Synthesis: An open-minded person welcomes all life into the Singularity, and thus a greater future for all.

    Control: An authoritarian shapes the future according to their will, a better future, but a future as the mind of Shepard would have wanted it.

    Destruction: A xenophobic arsehole decides to kill off the geth and EDI despite being given other options.

    The Destruction engine features genocide. That’s not what I’d consider happy fun times. Not unless you’re a truly fucked up person, to a degree that I wouldn’t even be able to wrap my mind around. I can’t honestly understand why a person would pick the Destruction ending, and people who’ve tried just invariable sound as creepy as fuck whilst trying to justify their position.

    Like someone making an obviously overt racist/misogynist comment, and then trying to explain to you why their doing so was completely justified, and why you shouldn’t be disgusted at all.

    That’s why I consider Destruction to be one of the ‘bad’ endings.


    That’s a very closed-minded way to look at things. If your definition of ‘life’ is ‘organic, carbon-based, and breathing’ then having any amount of knowledge of how the rest of the Universe works would completely blow your fucking mind. You’re proof that some of us just aren’t ready to be exposed to any other form of life than humanity.

    Honestly, whilst I agree with you about Destruction, I’m glad I’m not like you. In my opinion, EDI was always alive. What Synthesis did was grant her a further upgrade to her consciousness.

    I mean, the Legion that we first met even before his upgrades, did you think of him as ‘not alive?’

    So yeah, I’m glad I don’t look at things like you do. And I’m especially glad that I don’t think of things the same way as those who picked the Destruction ending.


    I had that fear too, I was terrified that Destruction would be the canon ending. But Bioware have hinted a number of times since then that the canon ending is actually the Synthesis one, which leaves no remnant of Shepard in the Universe, allowing them to continue on and thus call Shepard’s story done.

    Think about it.

    Synthesis: Shepard is utterly removed from the Universe.
    Control: Shepard lives on as the control-brain of the reapers.
    Destruction: Shepard lives on as a normal person.

    They’ve said that this is the end of Shepard’s story and that they now want to do other things with the Universe. What this means is that they’re going to go with the Synthesis ending as the canon ending. There is no more Shepard any more, and thus the Universe has to learn to cope without ‘The Shepard.’

    A good thing, if you ask me.

    Shepard was never that interesting anyway. Mass Effect was always a story about everyone OTHER than Shepard.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    @16 I find it very hard to believe that we’re going to end up playing in a universe of glowy skinned aliens in future Mass Effect games. It’s also the ending with the least potential for future conflict.

    Control is a possibility, but again, there’s little scope for future conflict in that ending. The only one that really has is Destroy.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. GwynbleiddiuM

    @16 doubtful, Synthesis is not an option, “An authoritarian shapes the future according to their will, a better future, but a future as the mind of Shepard would have wanted it.” is what should be read for Synthesis.

    Control is: A man (or woman) Sacrifices everything he (or she) ever was and the future that might have to conveniently end the reaper threat the only way he knows it’ll work, is what control option is, without playing God an altering every species and generation. That’s the ultimate sacrifice, that is the only right way because no ‘one person’ should ever decide the fate of entire galactic civilization. Shepard wasn’t a God, and he never tried playing one. He (She) was always a Guardian, and at the end he becomes one through the Control ending.

    I can defend the destruction ending as well. But everything around Synthesis is wrong, if it was a choice that every person of every race could decide upon taking it, I mean every individual decides whether or not they wants to become affected by it, it would’ve been a right choice, but it was forced upon them, evolution is neither a choice nor happens over night, so I refuse that option cause it is wrong.

    #18 2 years ago

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