Bioware have said that they’re actively considering fan suggestions and demands to change the Mass Effect 3 ending – and will rule nothing out.
Late Sunday night a status update on the Mass Effect social media channels, since deleted, suggested that the company had no plans to change the ending of the hugely successful Action RPG.
Much of the fan base – who have been petitioning Bioware to change the ending via carpet bombing their forums, raising money for charity and even filing FTC complaints – immediately went into meltdown.
“Someone misspoke on our Mass Effect channel,” Bioware Community Manager Jessica Merizan was quick to tweet, but the backlash was so intense that the company released a statement to their message boards and Facebook page.
“We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game,” the statement reads. “In this post it was stated that at this time we do not have plans to change the ending.”
“We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out. At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending.”
“Your feedback and opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We apologize for any confusion this has caused. Our top priority regarding this discussion is to keep communication with you, our loyal fans, open and productive.”
Bioware’s strategy in handling the fan backlash to the ending of the game has been nothing short of comprehensive. Director Casey Hudson called the concerns “valid” whilst Bioware community reps are promising fans that they’re listening so frequently Twitter is mistaking them for spam bots.
One thing is for certain: Single player DLC is on the way.