Mass Effect 3’s Endings Aren’t Going to Change. Here’s What Will Actually Happen
Reflecting on the recent comments made by Dr. Ray Muzyka and expanding on the controversy that is Mass Effect 3’s endings, I explain why Bioware will not alter the core content of Mass Effect three in anyway with a supporting example. I also explain why the controversy surrounding the issue of Dr. Ray’s comments has been blown out of proportion in regards to its effects on the games industry and the notion of artistic integrity.
The approach mentioned above is very similar to what will occur with Mass Effect 3 as well. The core content that has already been delivered will not change in any way. Ray Muzyka has specifically said that the additional content released will help answer the questions left lingering by the ending while maintaining their artistic integrity. If you take the information above and the objective behind the words spoken by Dr. Ray (which is to calm the Mass Effect 3 fanbase), the DLC will not change the ending in any way shape or form, it will merely expand upon it. A move that has been done dozens of times before in the games industry. Mostly in the form of sequels, which if you saw the perfect ending was exactly what Bioware was building upto.
At most you will find out what happened to your squadmates, have an expanded view of the choices you have made, have a more cohesive idea of how your three decisions have affected the galaxy and end up with the exact same cinematic of Joker and EDI repopulating Earth 2 with human/synthetic hybrids. Oh and Shepard breathes at the end if you’re lucky.
If its proof you need, look no further than Bioware themselves who had actually confirmed days before Dr. Ray’s blog posting that they had DLC planned which would do exactly what I have mentioned above and explore various questions such as how your squad teleported to the Normandy and the credibility of the Indoctrination theory. For more on that you can watch the video below. You can skip to the 18.22 mark to see the twitter feeds which confirms some of my statements.
So for all those people who consider this a victory, it is one in a certain way but in another way it really isn’t. Bioware will attempt to provide you with the closure you seek based on the story of the endings you have already experienced and in the end you will have to pay for the DLC. They have planned this beforehand, they intended to expand upon the endings in a significant way through DLC during development. Fans may feel that paying for such DLC is wrong and in some ways I agree, but it’s simply how the industry works. It’s wrong but not all companies have Valve’s stance on issue like this (they usually release DLC for free). If you’re asking what proof I have that they will charge for this DLC, I suggest you look at EA and Bioware’s history when it comes to downloadable content of any kind.