Ken Levine and Paul Barnett disagree with fans wanting to change Mass Effect 3′s ending

By on March 21, 2012

“I don’t think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened.”

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A large part of the Mass Effect fan base want BioWare to change Mass Effect 3′s preposterous ending. In fact, they have raised $74,000 to make it happen. But if you ask industry developers if BioWare should take such a drastic step, well, it makes at least one of them sad.

In a QnA session at the Smithsonian American Art museum, Irrational Games’ Ken Levine and Mythic creative director Paul Barnett both responded in the negative when asked if BioWare should roll out an update that would change the action-RPG’s ending to the satisfaction of the fans.

Image credit: VOX Games.

“If computer games are art than I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen,” Barnett said.

“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.”

Levine said that even if BioWare does indeed do something like this, it wouldn’t satisfy the fans anyway.

“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,” he said.

“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 recently said that it is not taking the possibility of altering the ending of its list.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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