Mass Effect 3, the Mass Effect game we were all very angry about until they came out the next (opens in new tab), got a lot of flack for its endings. Fans said they were unsatisfactory, that they didn’t consider your decisions, and that choosing between the two was anticlimactic. Not unreasonable, but they all miss the real point: Why didn’t everyone just kiss and make up?
Violet McVinnie, a former BioWare developer who now runs her own studio, clearly agrees. Back when she was at BioWare, McVinnie had a tradition of making alternate ending videos for the studio’s games that foresaw what would happen if everyone just gave it a go. Here are the ME3s.
So I had an interesting habit when I worked at BioWare. The day after we finished making a game, I always made a short video imagining what it would be like if our characters kissed and made up. I should find the dragon age version again. pic.twitter.com/6i4mcGraeXNovember 23, 2022
Touching, heartwarming, overwhelming. A cinematic triumph and a more emotionally resonant final scene than all that “Control” or “Synthesis” nonsense. Seeing Shepard and The Illusive Man finally put their differences aside and hug each other really puts the themes of the Mass Effect series into perspective, which they were.
Well, okay, I admit that even this ending leaves something to be desired. Of course, I’d rather the lover Shepard awaits at the end of his long run past all his dying friends be Harbinger, the two-mile space-dwelling elder god bent on the eradication of all advanced organic life. I think Martin Sheen will have to do for now. Maybe in Mass effect 4 (opens in new tab).
Speaking of which, it was N7 Day recently and BioWare gave fans a few more crumbs to munch on in the form of some old concept art with a hidden message in it (opens in new tab). In it, Mass Effect’s Liara T’soni can be heard saying, “Exactly, the council will be furious, though they should know by now not to underestimate human rebelliousness,” which doesn’t really clear up the remaining questions I had about the next one. clarified. Mass Effect game. However, we do know that the next game will be made in Unreal Engine 5, and those are just a few Mass Effect veterans return (opens in new tab) to work on the game. Nor is it likely to end in a passionate embrace with the main antagonist. Sigh.