Forget Mass Effect 3 ending, Bioware pressure outs new games

By Alan Ng - Mar 22, 2012

In a new twist in the Mass Effect 3 ending saga, Bioware co-founder Ray Muzyka has now spoken out for the first time regarding the matter and has revealed that the team are planning to offer clarity to those who are feeling a little disillusioned over the controversial ending to the game.

In an open letter, Muzkya has said that the team appreciates the constructive criticism that they have received, but at the same time they also hit out at the ‘destructive’ criticism they have taken, adding that they will not tolerate personal attacks on their team members.

Regarding the Mass Effect 3 ending, Muzkya has said that they are planning to ‘directly address it’, seemingly suggesting that a change to the game’s ending may be on the cards – although obviously not a direct confirmation at this point which so many other websites seem to have taken for granted.

Perhaps even more important though, is the confirmation from Muzkya that a new Mass Effect game is already in the pipeline, or to take a direct quote from the man – ‘new full games’, so that is now official that more than one new Mass Effect game is coming in the future folks – an announcement they wouldn’t have made without this pressure perhaps?

“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.”

With the criticism still ongoing, Muzkya also reminded us that the game has received very positive reviews, with an apparent 75 critics awarding the game a perfect score. From our point of view it does seem like the criticism is getting a little overboard now – even resulting in many gamers taking their completed Mass Effect 3 copy back for a full refund from the likes of Amazon and even EA’s own Origin store.

Regardless of what you think of the ending, shouldn’t we be getting more excited about the fact that Bioware has just confirmed not one, but multiple Mass Effect games? Let us know your thoughts on Muzkya’s comments. Do you need a change to the Mass Effect 3 ending, or are you satisfied?

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  • Of course ME3 has gotten good reviews.  The graphics are amazing.  But how many of these reviewers actually have invested time in the series since ME1?  How many of them were wrapped up in the characters, story line and plot arcs?  The ending to ME3 was simply atrocious.  It was not the “satisfying conclusion to the franchise” that Bioware promised, it is the exact opposite of satisfying.  It was the worst ending of any game I have ever played.  And offering “clarity” rather than a complete rewrite and sacking of the team manager is simply not going to do it.  As a long time fan and consumer of Bioware products, I have to say I will NEVER buy another Bioware game again because of this.

  • Fiachra

    Really? So your news story is that Bioware, a game company, accidently let it “slip” that they are going to keep making games? What a SCOOP! Which one are you? Woodward or Bernstein?

    We already know that DA3 is in the works.

    How is a vague statement of the obvious even remotely letting something slip?

  • guest

    The ending for me was with all the times i replayed mass effect one and two get get it right in the outcome i wanted to have in going into mass effect 3 to have my final ending taken from me like that was very disapointing and upsetting at best how can they give you three endings of there choosing knowing that every mass effect fan is different in there own way in building a ending of there choosing ,plus if they were going to kill commander shepard off he,or she did not have a funeral for a great warrior who saved the galaxy with all the close friends who fought along side him, or her  saying goodbyes to there fallen hero.I m saying the game was out standing in every way i loved the mass effect stories ,but the ending looked like it was put together at the last second in order to get the game out on time and i understand that i would have waited a few more months too see the out standing ending mass effect 3 would have been.

  • Cid

    I can understand the ending and what they tried to do but:

    1. it felt like they decided on an ending and then made the rest of the story fit to how they wanted it to end, rather than it be a natural ending to the sequence of events.

    2. The second part of the ending was just nonsense and badly written.

    Not up to usual standards.

  • crd shep

    the whole ending wasnt real, if you destroy the reapers you wake up on earth….alive, how the hell do you get form the station to earth, shepard was fighting indoctrination destorying the repears is his mind fighting indoctrination merging or controling is him giving in, lol..look for the clues in the game.  Ray Muzyka in the artical you just read about said: “team are planning to offer clarity to those who are feeling a little disillusioned over the controversial ending” notice the part that says.. “disillusioned” and ”clarity” bioware usally does twists in there games me3 didnt really have one so this is problemly the twist.

  • Sebwilliams61

    Its amazing how many people have gotten so angry and upset about this,
    The ending may suck but the rest of the game is pretty awesome. I do think they could
    Have made the game longer. Overall I loved the whole game experience.

  • Jake

    Why should I trust them to make it right?  Why should I lay down another 60$ to be disappointed again?  No, I won’t buy another Mass Effect game because “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”

  • Jorge

    The main issue I have with the ending is that Bioware were very vocally advertising multiple endings. There was a very clear expectation from the fans. The ending we were given did not answer any questions and left a sour taste in most people’s mouths. The point is that the end wasn’t just lackluster or dissapointing, but bad to the point of being an insult. 

  • Jdogvolunteer6

    After that ending, why on earth would I want to play another ME game? 

  • tesendence

    EEnding is an Ending. Biowear ende it how they wanted it to end.
    You would not ask a director to end a movie differently only because you didnt like
    The ending!
    And, more games? Mje, the story ends here. There is an overwhelming chanse
    That they will lack the quality and feeling of the trilogy!
    So no, i disagreed with these decisions.

    • Guest

      ohh you mean like movies like how they changed the end to Blade runner?
      ohh you mean like books where Sherlock Holmes where brought back to life after fans kicked up a fuzz?
      ohh you mean like TV series where Firefly outcry was so load they got a whole movie made?
      Fact is you cant keep hiding behind “Dont change it its art” and then not let people criticise it like art no be respectfull dont say anything bad I know that I promised one thing and then gave you something completly different but hey just because of that dont you dare say anything bad.

      • That’s not even right.

        I’ll accept Holmes, but I that’s because it was a fun gig for Doyle too. The writer decided to continue the stories on.

        Firefly was cancelled by a network and brought back by a separate studio. The writer couldn’t finish his story. The fan outcry had very little to do with it. Discussions were well under way immediately after cancellation. Universal liked that world and wanted to do stuff in it, giving the writer a chance to conclude the River/Reaver story.

        Blade Runner is in a similar situation. The studio wanted things to be changed. The director didn’t want too. We ended up seeing both. Because the creatives had the chance to show us all the edits.

        All these examples, it’s due to the creative vision wanting to continue their stories. Mass Effect finished. Just like Lost finished. Just like The Sopranos. Just like Battlestar Galactica.

        • Eh, things get changed all the time. If not just the ending, then the entire concept, and it gets a nice little re-boot or remake sticker placed on it. Do I think the ending of Mass Effect should be changed? Yes. Will I cry if they don’t? No. I just won’t buy future Mass Effect products. In the end, it’s their choice. Nobody is forcing them to do the change, so it falls in the same category as Sherlock Holmes and Blade Runner. 

          If they change the endings to Mass Effect, they are choosing to do that. Granted, it’s to keep their fan base happy, so they can rake in money with future mass effect installments..but that’s their choice. They chose the all mighty dollar over their art. 

          That being said, I would do the same thing. Companies exist to make money. Games are produced for profit. Not to be hung in a museum. The dollar is the bottom line.

    • REV

      Then, you have no problem at all. Just ignore any changes added later, and just hold to the original endings as it is.
      For us which want a change, we may have our ME3 ended in a different way.

    • Peripheral

      Except in the ME universe you ARE the director. If I wanted to see a movie of Mass Effect I would wait for one to come out knowing the ending is prescripted and I have no say in how it goes. Bioware said that the decisions made by the player would have “huge” effects on the “multiple endings” they promised. Decisions made from all 3 games were to have culminated in several very different, another phrase bioware used, endings. They did not come through with what they promised which makes me believe they did it intentionally and there is more to come.

  • Sam

    I don’t see why I would be excited. Mass effect was suppose to be a trilogy, then it became a shepard trilogy. At that point we all knew that another game would come out at some point. Then, some people started to talk about a ME MMO, which, in my experience is pretty much a franchise killer. When you get on the MMO bandwagon you’re not coming back. 

    Now they’re telling us there will be several games coming? I don’t know if anybody noticed, the franchise is not getting better. (i’m not saying its bad) It getting more like COD less like an RPG. If we get several other games in the series, what would it look like 3 games later? No more conversations, no more choices and just a straight 8 hour campaign with a multiplayer? I didn’t sign up for that.


    After that ending, where would the series go? No more mass relays? The synergy thing? I mean really? Human robots? Robots human? Yeah… I’m real excited… Bioware really need to start fixing up their reputation and gaining some fan support back.

    I guess for now I’ll be looking at the continuation of The Witcher. Now that’s a developer that’s not fuc**ng over the fans. It may be one of the only real RPG left that’s not a freaking shooter or, a first person view (fallout/oblivion)

    • Did you really just go from intelligent to whining about guns? Really? And don’t you love how Bioware had a hand in the first Witcher game, even if only the engine?
      OT: Its an OPTION to go through with no conversations. IMHO its a damn waste of money to pick any other than Role-Playing.

      Bioware has been making RPGs for a long time. Give them a bit more credit, they know what they’re doing. With this being said, I don’t think ANY series of vidya can benefit from having more than five installments. No series that I know of has remained good or improving through this many games, not CoD (8-9), not GTA (4-11), not Ratchet & Clank (6-8), not Jak and Daxter(3-5), etc (The hyphenated numbers means that they are normally considered debatable).

      Before I continue, consider that I haven’t finished Mass Effect 3.
      If the ending of an installment in a series makes it harder to understand a sequel, that could make the next one much BETTER or much WORSE. Unless Shepard dies or something, I can’t see why its a big deal in the first place.

      • REV

        Just finish it first. If you liked the endings, then you can just ignore any possible future changed endings. Just hold to the existing endings, that it is.
        Otherwise  if you are dissatisfied, maybe you will enjoy the possible future change on the endings.

    • Sam 2

       Skyrim is an rpg and is not first person fyi. And i agree with your points on this issue. If they bleed the series anymore it will end up like COD. A game that has been over done and remade so much it is simply a husk.

    • Well, in all fairness they COULD go back to the past, before the sheppard saga too place…a story about the krogan wars, or any point in the rich history of the Mass Effect universe.

      Granted, I was not fond of the ending to Mass Effect, which most people aren’t as best as I can tell. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the game as a whole. It just seemed shorter than I expected, and definitely a lot less epic than anticipated. However, I would still play other Mass Effect games, even if they took place in the Mass Effect Universe past.

    • Check out Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga…I thought it was a great RPG.