'Mass Effect 3' by developer BioWare.
There's an old addage that states "You can't please everyone." BioWare, the acclaimed video game studio behind Mass Effect 3, is finding this out as gamers and non-gamers alike are speaking out against the developer's descision to change the game's ending via downloadable content due out this Summer.
A number of gamers began to cry foul in regards to the ending of Mass Effect 3, which many thought would do a much better job of tying up the three-game-long sci-fi epic. So many complained, in fact, that BioWare decided to give disappointed fans what they wanted in an altered and drawn-out conclusion via the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC.
"Since launch, we have had time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are responding," stated Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare and General Manager of EA's BioWare Label. "With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team's artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe."
The public, it seems, isn't having it.
"We do not want an extended cut, we want an ending that fits Mass Effect 3, not some ending clearly ripped from the bad endings of several movies that completely destroys the purpose of playing the game," said Kristopher Plyler, a student at University of South Carolina Lancaster.
Others, such as Sacrameto City College student Casandra Calderon, have said that BioWare should leave well enough alone and just keep the ending as it is out of principal.
"I don't think they should change it," she stated. "The story was told a certain way and ended a certain way because that is how the company/writers wanted the story to end."
Many, however, do not BioWare for caving to the gripes of unhappy gamers. Rather, they fault the original group of disappointed gamers themselves.
"How infantile is that?" asks Facebook user Eileen Presser. " If that is the order of the day & how they live their life because they think endings that don't please them should be changed, they are in for some very tough sleeding in life."
Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC will be available for download on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC for no extra charge.