"We Have Made Our Voices Heard"
In light of BioWare's recent open letter that promised "clarity" through "content initiatives" for disgruntled Mass Effect 3 fans, The Retake Mass Effect 3 movement has set a final end goal for their Child's Play charity kickstarter campaign. The influential fan collective plans to cap the drive at $80,000, and has declared themselves victorious for now.
Primary spokesperson 'Robb' has declared that Retake Mass Effect has succeeded in its goal of encouraging BioWare to take fan grievances into account via polite, positive feedback, after BioWare founder Dr. Ray Muzyka laid out plans to provide closure in a sensational open letter to the community.
As of today, I have set an end goal for our fundraiser at $80,000.
As evidenced by the statement from Dr. Muzuka [sic] yesterday, we have made our voices heard. Those of you here have taken special care to be heard in a polite, positive manner, and I believe that this is a major contributor to that success. We have shown our sincerity and passion. We have brought positive attention to the Retake Mass Effect movement.
However, Child's Play themselves have also asked to be distanced from Retake Mass Effect, as many gamers have erroneously linked the charity (and Penny Arcade) to the Retake Mass Effect cause and fan outcry.
While we did receive some negative mail regarding the drive, I can assure you our decision was not about bowing to pressure from anyone- corporate, individual, or otherwise.
The real concern on our end was the slippery slope that attaching causes to fundraising for Child’s Play can create. While RME had the best of intentions and was overwhelmingly generous, it shed light on an issue that we needed to address. It pointed out a dangerous precedent for others to use the charity for agendas we clearly do not support.
We’re taking a step back and looking at our policies to see what we can do to still appreciate and support the community while avoiding implications of Child’s Play being attached to other causes. - Child's Play Project Manager Jamie Dillon via Reddit
Naturally, all eyes are now on BioWare... and their pledge to release more details next month.