'It's incredibly painful to receive feedback that the game's endings were not up to expectations', says Ray Muzyka

BioWare considers Mass Effect 3 ending change

BioWare is aware of the furore from some disgruntled fans over the Mass Effect 3 ending and is looking how best to address its issues, the studio’s co-founder Ray Muzyka has revealed.

Speaking on the official developer blog, Muzyka said it had been “incredibly painful” to receive such feedback, but also recognised the right of the development team to make its own choices.

BioWare has also faced a Retake Mass Effect petition, whose organisers have claimed the game “does not provide the wide range of possible outcomes that we have come to expect” from the series.

“It’s incredibly painful to receive feedback from our core fans that the game’s endings were not up to their expectations,” said 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.

“I believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds, and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism.

“At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3’s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.”

Muzyka said that fans could expect some sort of announcement on the matter in April, although did not give further details on how BioWare plans to tackle the game’s ending, if at all.

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