You Got Your New Mass Effect 3 Ending — Now What?


From a press release by Bioware and EA:

BioWare, a Label of Electronic Arts Inc. announced Mass Effect? 3:
Extended Cut, a downloadable content pack that will expand upon
the events at the end of the critically acclaimed Action RPG. Through
additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Mass Effect
3: Extended Cut
will give fans seeking further clarity to the ending
of Mass Effect 3 deeper insights into how their personal journey
concludes. Coming this summer, the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut
will be available for download on the Xbox 360? videogame and
entertainment system, PlayStation?3 computer entertainment system and PC
for no extra charge*.

“We are all incredibly proud of Mass Effect 3 and the work done
by Casey Hudson and team,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare
and General Manager of EA’s BioWare Label. “Since launch, we have had
time to listen to the feedback from our most passionate fans and we are
responding. With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have
struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for
while maintaining the team’s artistic vision for the end of this story
arc in the Mass Effect universe.”

Look, I have no idea if Mass Effect 3‘s endings are good or bad, or if EA acceding to players’ demands for more closure is right or wrong. My question is this: Is this the triumph of the nerd masses for forcing a company to right a massive wrong, or is this the world’s most dangerous precedent for a lifetime of constant nerd bitching over everything we don’t like? Because I’m kind of thinking it’s both.