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Sad but not completely unexpected news today out of EA. The ‘BioWare Doctors’ Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka are leaving the company they co-founded. Both are retiring and have no public plans to return to making games.
BioWare was acquired by EA in 2007 along with Pandemic Studios (which closed in 2009). It’s easy to assume that EA sucked the life out of the company but from the outside looking in, you can see a dilution of the BioWare name and seemingly a lot of pressure put on the doctors to oversee multiple studios and multiple projects, one being a major MMO.
Look out for the doctors on Kickstarter soon.
Today EA and BioWare announced that the first single player DLC for Mass Effect 3 will be coming this summer. That leaves them about a month to get it out the door. ‘Leviathan’ promises new characters and weapons in addition to the new story line spanning new planets across the galaxy. The Leviathan is a creature that has been said to be able to defeat a Reaper. The DLC will also look into the origin of the Reapers.
There isn’t a clear indication of when in the timeline this DLC will take place. The ending of the game leaves Commander Shepard in a precarious position no matter what ending you pick. Look for more info on the DLC and a release date soon. http://dlvr.it/1xhWW0
When Mass Effect 3 was released earlier this year in March, fans were eager to see how the story would wrap up after the phenomenal Mass Effect 2.
Unfortunately Mass Effect 3 did not end the way many fans were hoping. The ending was essentially three options and each with their own convoluted conclusion.
BioWare has undoubtedly heard the anger and the bellyaching from fans unhappy with the _Mass Effect 3_ endings. The dramatic tendencies of the fans has worked this time as BioWare is now releasing an unplanned DLC pack this summer for _free_.
The “Extended cut” DLC will not however change any of the three endings. Instead it will offer “extended scenes that provide additional context and deeper insight” to the ending you wound up with.
While BioWare is flat-out saying no to the possibility of any completely new endings, the promise of extended scenes and new scenes in the epilogue could essentially change any ending entirely. This will also be the last DLC to address the ending, BioWare had other content plans which will not address the final sequences.
So, what do you make of all of this? Will some extended scenes “fix” the ending of your journey? I guess you really can’t complain for the price of free.
Maybe one whole week isn’t enough to look back with renewed vision but with the short attention span of the internet it is all I can do to stay relevant. Spoilers for _Mass Effect 3, The Sopranos_ and _Lost_ ahead.
It has been over a week since I finished my single player journey through the final installment in the _Mass Effect_ trilogy. The game, specifically its ending, has taken quite a number of bumps from the press and consumers after the nature of the games’ endings were revealed.
I heard about the controversy surrounding these endings about half way through my play through . I didn’t know how to feel about it. Part of me wanted to rush to the ending to see what all the fuss was about and another part wanted to finish _Mass Effect 3_ the way I did _Mass Effect 2_. That is, finishing every possible thing and licking the bones clean before concluding my story. http://dlvr.it/1NSsDx
Dr. Ray Muzyka took to the BioWare blog to address something I’m sure you’ve all heard about by now. There has been an overwhelmingly negative response to the endings of _Mass Effect 3_ sparking petitions an outcries from fans.
I just finished the game just before writing this post and I’m in the minority but I didn’t really have a big problem with the ending. I won’t say much more than that but this fan backlash is definitely overblown.
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. 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.
Many sites have taken the above quote from Dr. Ray to mean that BioWare will be completely changing the ending of the game and giving the internet cry babies exactly what they want. If you were to actually _read_, he says nothing like that. All that can be implied from Muzyka’s statement is that the Mass Effect team will be offering some explanation for the endings in some form or another down the road.
Dr. Muzyka points out in his post that _Mass Effect 3_ is a form of artistic expression and same as you can’t tell a painter how to change a work of art neither should you be able to retcon the ending to a game just by yelling at it. You can read all of Dr. Ray Muzyka’s comments here. http://dlvr.it/1LdVx7
Check out this stunning CG trailer for _Mass Effect 3_. The cinematic trailer sets up the fight to take back earth from a Reaper invasion. The trailer itself is very beautiful but I’m wondering exactly how much of a role Earth will actually play. From what I saw in the demo it seems as though you’ll play one mission there then start planet hopping and not return until possibly the end of the game. I could be wrong though. _Mass Effect 3_ is in stores March 6th, 2012. http://dlvr.it/1DYdC5