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Would you pay for a new Mass Effect 3 ending?

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To say that Mass Effect 3’s endings have caused an uproar is an exercise in understatement. The internet is filled with the vitriolic rage of thousands of gamers who believe that Bioware fudged up the ending – making 3 games’ worth of player decisions pointless. There’ve been petitions, charity events and even an FTC complaint asking for said endings to be changed.

Bioware has previously defended the endings, saying they were crafted to get people talking. To that end; mission accomplished – pity that what most people are saying isn’t very nice. Bioware seems to be listening – and has now said it’s actively considering listening to fan feedback and demands to alter the endgame. We already know that the game’s getting single-player DLC. Could that DLC change the end?

“We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game,” a statement issued by Bioware on its fan pages reads, made in response to outrage resulting from a post saying that the endings would remain unchanged.  “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.”

I’ve yet to finish Mass Effect 3, but will happily concede that with so much outrage, there must be something to all the anger. I don’t know if changing the endings is the way to go about quelling it though – especially if it’s through paid for DLC. Would you pay for a new ending? Or is this just the beginning of a slippery slope where we’re going to end up paying extra just to have complete games?

It’s not too far-fetched. DLC – intended as a great way to keep games updated and fresh with new content. Increasingly though, they seem to be publishers’ way of getting more money out of you, and it’s become a disheartening stain on this gaming generation.

Last Updated: March 19, 2012

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