(Penny Arcade reference)
For lo! – The company has decided that the umpteen billion complaints – of which at least some could be, dare I say, accurately described as whines – represents an opportunity for the company to score an extra six to ten bucks out of all of the complainers’ hides.
The co-founder of Bioware Studios wrote on the company’s official blog that game developers are looking at the alternative outcomes for “Mass Effect 3” following protests that the differences are too minor, depending on choices players make during the course of the game.
The term of art is ‘game content initiatives.’ I suspect that means ‘happy-shiny ending DLC;’ and all I can say is, it better have a lot of spare credits and upgrade scattered through the play-through and not automatically replace the original ending. Contra this, some of us actually liked the way that Mass Effect 3 ended.
But… fine. Some people had legitimate reasons for being upset. I’m happy for their sakes, even if it means less other-DLC down the line.
PS: What? Danged straight people should pay for this. The voice actors, programmers, writers, technical staff, clerical staff, and the cleaning lady all need to be paid; and Bioware is a business. It’s not a surrogate family-substitute and it’s not your college roommate. Besides: this is already going to eat up some of the production time for DLC for the game that I personally particularly want; I’d rather that it not eat up any of the existing budget, too.