Mass Effect 3’s damage control confusion
After all the controversy surrounding the ending of Mass Effect 3, it seems like there are mixed views on whether or not the true ending DLC was actually meant to be free. The uproar that has surrounded the incomplete and unresolved conclusions has been so great that is has even amounted to a new watchdog group for gamers called Retake Gaming, originally known as Retake Mass Effect 3.
This situation may have caused BioWare and EA to re-think their stance, as various sites have commented that the ending was false advertisement and Gaming Blend recently wrote about the true ending not ever meaning to be free. However, an update to their article informing their readers that BioWare’s Michael Gamble spoke about this and that they always intended it to be free, which adds to the confusion of whether this really was an openhanded gesture to appease Mass Effect 3’s fans.
According to Kotaku, the recently released Mass Effect 3 Resurgence Multiplayer Pack, which is free, was not meant to be, and this is due to a mistake by someone at Microsoft listing the DLC for its intended 320 MS Points. This is where BioWare had to act quickly and inform people not to purchase the free DLC and to hang on while they sort out this problem.
Some may feel that this free downloadable content is how EA deals with damage control as the situation was getting out of control and recent bad press from the “Worst Company in America” award has not helped their current status. Apparently, the word on the street is that ending was always planned to be vague and that a few months after its release the true ending was expected to be available from $5 and $10.
GamesIndustry.Biz feel that the controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3’s ending is actually a positive one regarding it as good for the industry, and they go on to mention the amount of comments on the net about the endings with many responses highlighting that their choices don’t really have an affect to the outcome. This is seen as a turning point for the video games industry as more gamers want more emphasis put on their control, which shows a change in pattern to how new titles are viewed nowadays.
Last week we wrote about the Mass Effect 3 patch going live and that the downloadable content will follow, although we also mentioned that the choices you make with this patch will not mean a thing when you get to the end of the game, as we hope another DLC will be here soon to resolve the issue with the ending. Do you feel that the DLC was intended to be free?