Mass Effect 3 players promised different ending

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Mass Effect 3 developer Bioware says it's working on more content for the game after tens of thousands of players complained about the ending.

Fans had been complaining that, while their choices throughout the game should have affected the conclusion, they actually did nothing of the sort, with only three alternative endings.

It was a shock to players who had rated the game highly - largely because it allowed their choices to strongly affect the way the game played out.

A poll conducted on the Bioware Social Network found that 91 percent of players thought the ending 'sucked' and wanted a better one. And a similar group on Facebook has generated over 50,000 'likes'.

And Bioware has taken heed.

"it’s incredibly painful to receive feedback from our core fans that the game’s endings were not up to their expectations," says co-founder Ray Muzyka.

"Our first instinct is to defend our work and point to the high ratings offered by critics – but out of respect to our fans, we need to accept the criticism and feedback with humility."

It's not clear, though, what the company plans to do. It's asking for more feedback from players - although some might think it's had plenty already. If the endings are changed to any significant degree, it will set an interesting precedent.

"Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey," says Muzyka.

"You’ll hear more on this in April.  We’re working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we’ve received."