"I Don’t Think Anyone Would Get What They Wanted"
Irrational Games' Ken Levine (yes, him of BioShock fame) has spoken out to give his take on the furore surrounding Mass Effect 3's ending. The veteran designer has defended BioWare's rights as an artist to end their trilogy in any way they see fit, as well as suggesting that fans wouldn't be satisfied even if they were to change it due to popular demand.
Levine made his statements in a Q&A session at the Smithsonian American Art museum attended by Vox Games.
I think this is an important moment. I think if those people got what they wanted and [BioWare] wrote their ending they would be very disappointed in the emotional feeling they got because they didn’t really create it.
I think this whole thing is making me a little bit sad because I don’t think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened.
BioWare Mythic's Paul Barnett also (predictably) chimed in on the issue, and once again defended BioWare's right to artistic freedom.
If computer games are art than I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen. Just as J.K. Rowling can end her books and say that is the end of Harry Potter. I don’t think she should be forced to make another one.
We echoed their comments in yesterday's PWNcast, where we discussed Mass Effect 3's ending in detail. However, that doesn't mean we have to like it - in fact we labelled the climax as "disgraceful." As always, it's your opinion that matters.