BioWare Sucking Up to Pissed Off Gamers With Mass Effect Vote?

Want to see BioWare make a Mass Effect prequel or a Mass Effect 4? Here’s an idea: regardless of the ultimate answer, can we make sure it doesn’t have a mind-numbingly awful ending akin to Mass Effect 3?

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BioWare executive producer Casey Hudson recently took to Twitter to ask his 30,000 followers whether they wanted a Mass Effect prequel to the original trilogy (which wrapped up earlier this year) or a sequel.

“Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game,” Hudson tweeted. “Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?”

Now, it’s been known for some time that BioWare was working on a new version of Mass Effect. But few gamers would have suspected that the company behind the game would ever reach out to gamers for their opinion on where the series should go.

So, what’s the deal?

Almost certainly this is an attempt by BioWare to get back in gamers’ good books after a nasty episode emerged over the Mass Effect 3 ending. So angry were gamers over the game’s conclusion — which abruptly and unjustly ended the very popular sci-fi series — that BioWare actually released a free alternative ending for the game.

At the moment, we don’t know a heck of a lot about the new Mass Effect. But what we do know is that it will reportedly run on the Frostbite engine used by the excellent Battlefield first-person shooter franchise. For those Call of Duty n00bs who aren’t familiar with Battlefield — which, in my opinion, is vastly superior to CoD — Frostbite allows for massively destructible and dynamic environments. It’s awesome.

Anyhow, if you want to vote on the sequel or prequel debate, then take to Casey Hudson’s Twitter page.

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8 Responses to BioWare Sucking Up to Pissed Off Gamers With Mass Effect Vote?

  1. Terrible article.

  2. Lol battlefield and mass effect suck. Leave the art to halo and cod.

  3. Technically, that wasn’t even an alternative ending, that was “Extended Cut”.

  4. OK, I’m not going to get ticked at the article because I know that it won’t fix anything, and frankly I find the discussion illogical and stupid. Instead, I’m going to simply write (not speak) my mind. Bioware is not sucking up to anyone. They asked a legitimate question that everyone is allowed to answer if they want too, and if they don’t want too then simply don’t take the poll. Are they appeasing pissed off fans, not really, because to appease is to make an consolidated effort by definition to alter perception of, or reality of an event. They are doing neither. The poll does not give fans a means to appease their vindictiveness because the poll is not a vehicle through which fans can alter the reality of their situations. If you answer the poll it will not change your concerns for Mass Effect 3.

    Defensive Argument 1: “But the poll can change the reality of Mass Effect 4.”

    Yes, in theory it could change the game in some way, but it cannot change Mass Effect 3. If you are expecting that through this poll the mythology of the Mass Effect Universe will be altered from ME3 to ME4 so that the endings of ME3 never happened then are not really grounded in reality. This argument is voided by the fact that the game mythology is already not set in stone, but the base lore is already embedded. Like it or not one of the endings from ME3, or perhaps parts of those endings will be coalesced to create the mythology of ME4. If you cannot understand this then no logical argument can now be made to deter you from a false reality that you are embarrassing.

    Defensive Argument 2: “This article is terrible. I find it insulting because I A) Hated the ending, B) Liked the ending, C) Extended Cut did not add endings and this article is biased.”

    You are correct that the article is biased with the statement that the endings are new and added since Bioware through its own admittion said that the endings were merely being clarified. However, if you are bringing your own interpretations of the endings into your reading of the article then be aware that the absence of truth is not truth. The article does state a bias against the ending in the third paragraph from the bottom, but does not directly state a side in the conflict.

    … should I go on?

    • Yes, go on, but only if you can learn the difference between “to” and “too”. I lost you after the second time you got it wrong. So, TL;DR – due to your awful education.

  5. BioWare has had a history of reaching out to their fans, IIRC. Not sure why you are unaware of this. As far as trying to win back disgruntled fans with mere polls, are you serious? The only way to have any chance of winning estranged fans back to their fold will be to produce a game worthy of previous games and keep the marketing shenanigans under control. At the end of the day, people need to feel good about their purchase, especially when they are paying $60+ for a game.