'We're Not Trying To Make Everybody Happy'
In what is known as covering one's bases, BioWare has spoken out to suggest that the Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC 'won't completely satisfy everyone,' and that they don't intend to address all of the fan criticism surrounding Mass Effect 3's incredibly controversial endgame.
Producer Casey Hudson explained the current state of affairs in a podcast video that went live over the weekend, suggesting that the Extended Cut DLC plans to 'take the things that are there and making them shine even more," rather than attempting to completely rewrite the story.
"Ultimately our passion is entertaining people, so delighting them with our stories and giving them amazing worlds to escape to, that's what we love to do, so in this medium it just wouldn't make 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. 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."
Casey continued by praising fans for their participation in dialogue and extensive feedback, but warns us that they're not trying to "make it perfect." Instead, BioWare will use the Extended Cut to hone and clarify their own artistic vision rather than pandering to the growing pressure for a happy ending. They fully expect the DLC to spark a new wave of discussion and debate, and welcome it wholeheartedly.
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. 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."
The Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC releases tomorrow on Xbox Live. We can't wait to hear what you make of it.