Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Won’t Make Everybody Happy
BioWare has made this much clear though: they tried. They tried to address everything they possibly could with the Extended Cut, due out for release on June 26th across all platforms, but they still couldn’t address every single piece of feedback.
In a BioWare podcast (via OXM), executive producer Casey Hudson reasoned with some of the feedback, saying that it wouldn’t make any sense “for us to make some kind of artistic statement, and then turn our backs on it forever.”
“There was some feedback that we can’t address,” said Hudson during the podcast. “There are people who just outright rejected the whole concept of the endings, and wanted us to start from scratch and redo everything. And we can’t do that because that’s not our story, we wouldn’t know how to write that story.
“What excited us is the challenge of learning how people consume our stories, so it’s a learning process for everybody. And then incorporating that feedback, that’s how we make our work better.”
Some fans have taken matters into their own hands, creating their own alternative endings. It means a lot to BioWare, but Hudson said that ultimately, you just can’t make everybody under the sun happy.
“When things are really constructive like that, even when it’s critical, it means a lot to us, because when you think about the artists and writers, all the people here — they work because they’re passionate about games,” said Hudson. “They’re passionate about making a really great experience for players. So when they get constructive feedback, constructive criticism, they’re really excited about that.
“You can never completely satisfy everyone. We’ve seen a whole range of feedback, ranging from people who wanted a total redo, to people who had concerns and questions about the original endings, to people who loved the original endings and have told us they don’t want to change anything.
“So there’s no doubt that there will be a whole new wave of discussion and debate, maybe even controversy. But we didn’t do the Extended Cut because we’re trying to make everybody happy, make it perfect — we just saw an opportunity to expand on things that we felt could add value to the experience, for those that appreciate it.”