BioWare Potentially Altering ‘Mass Effect 3′ Story After Beta Leak

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Mass Effect 3 Story Changes After Beta Leak

A couple weeks ago, participants in the Xbox Live Dashboard preview were mistakenly treated to a beta version of Mass Effect 3 that featured a buggy mission from the single player and revealed three different ways to experience the game.

It was big news, these three modes, but some clever hackers took the leak a bit further and actually accessed plot details for Mass Effect 3, including how Shepard’s story will come to an end.

Since then, BioWare has issued a response saying that the leak was Microsoft’s fault, and those three gameplay modes are in the early testing phases. But they’ve now also to come out and talk about the plot details that were revealed.

According to Ray Muzyka, the story beats that players were able to access are actually from a much earlier script for the game, and have changed somewhat since then. That isn’t to say that the plot will be that far off from what leaked — so if you’re looking for those plot details be warned — but there have been some changes made here and there.

On top of that Muzyka added that the team at BioWare are taking into account fan feedback over these story points, and may alter their direction based on suggestions from fans. BioWare is essentially trying to find positives in a bad situation, and are also trying to keep the experience fresh and exciting for even those who think they have it all figured out.

“We listen to our fans all of the time. We listen to them on the forums, their feedback from stories. We’re reading it all. If we can get ideas out of it that will make the game better, sure. We’re not averse to taking feedback. That’s part of our core values, is humility. Any time we get a good idea from fans… they’re our audience. They keep us in business.”

So perhaps not all bad things will come from this Mass Effect 3 leak — perhaps BioWare will use gamers’ criticism to craft a tighter or more coherent experience. Even if they don’t, Mass Effect 3 ranks pretty high on our list of most anticipated games for 2012, and we are going to avoid the spoilers as best we can.

Do you think that BioWare should stick to their guns and keep the Mass Effect 3 story how it was? Or should they take the advice of the fans that have read the script and make some changes?

Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Eurogamer


TAGS: BioWare, Electronic Arts, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3

  • Baby Pterodactyl

    I don’t know which one is better… or worse in a sense. I don’t know, but I do know that their willingness to listen to their fans is of epic proportion. That’s pretty awesome.

  • Rob Keyes

    Changing based on fan reception makes sense if they have the time to do it right, but I highly doubt they’re going to spend the $$$ to re-record more voices and animate new scenes for it to be significantly different.

  • DarthMalnu

    Listening to fans is great and all but I think that the storyline is the one area that writers should be unrelentingly in control of. Especially considering that the “fan feedback” is coming from the type of people that would go ahead and read the leaked story a year before release and think they have a better idea. Again Bioware is catering to the wrong people. What should have been a “well, it’s your own damn fault for reading the spoilers” situation is now turning into “the Normandy blows up, so Commander Shephard becomes captain of the USS Enterprise and Garrus has the first human/turian kiss with Uhura? …We’re listening.”. Ridiculous, you guys.

  • Gehrich

    We all know that developers tend to do that “Yeah, I came up with the best idea ever.” train of thought, blind to the fact that it’s not as good as they thought, that it’s a story full of holes, or that it’s a feature implemented in a not-so-good way. Fan feedback will hopefully prevent all of that without changing the story too much from the original, and I imagine that’s what Bioware’s trying to go for: trying to disconnect themselves from the development to see their game like we consumers do. Both sides will have bias, of course, but that’s sure to iron itself out.

  • Rad

    Once again, it’s EAWare trying to be all things to all people with the final product most likely being watered down and unsatisfying. When you try to make everyone happy, you end up making no one happy.

  • Dan-O

    This snafu better not push the release date back even further, that’s all I have to say.

    • Disciple

      I was thinking the same thing. The wait has already been too long. lol

  • Estherra

    Meeting the audience’s expectations, that is the name of the game (hehe pun intended), not veering one degree from those expectations (die Highlander 2 die), no matter how illogical (glittering vampire?), unimaginative (Superman 64) or hackneyed (Will Pfeifer writing of Catwoman) they might be, that is the key to making a successful game/movie series (COD? OCD? They are the same says Alice). With that said I will gladly be the first to say, why didn’t they listen to fan feedback with Dragon Age 2?

    This better not push back the release date…but if it does I have Skyrim and Assassins Creed Revelations to keep me going a long long time.

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    • dia

      You misspelled “story mode” as “action mode,” but don’t worry, it’s an honest mistake.

  • Bob

    If you need to take advice (from the sort of people who get angry about video games) over storytelling considering you already had people employed to write the story, then…well I guess that’s pretty standard, actually. God, I’m ashamed to like video games.

  • MIch7

    I think the complaints about the treatment of the VS survivor are legit. Having to make a decision between Kaidan/Ash and Liara as to who lives and who dies is too much like Virmire…been there done that…can’t they write anything new? Also having the VS believe Udina about Shepard killing her partner in cold blood is ridiculous…even more so if you romanced them.

    I don’t hold out much hope that they’ll change a lot…I didn’t find ME2 to be great plot wise even though the gameplay was much improved…the ME team really hasn’t had the kind of slap in your face feedback like the DA team. The last two dlc’s for DA2 were pretty good…seems as though they got the message but the ME team seems to always be gushed over even if parts of their game is lacking.

    • kratos0294

      please tell me that what you wrote isn’t true!!! couldn’t you warn before starting to spoil. you know, not every one wants to know the choices you have to make before the launche of the game. thank you for spoiling a big decision.