In the wake of the grievous errors that were discovered in the latest Mass Effect novel, Deception, BioWare and publisher Del Rey are teaming up to make sure that future editions of the novel will be free of errors. Hopefully, the incoming release of Mass Effect 3 will be doing much to take away attention from the glaring problems and knock against fans. Unfortunately, the incident has already been forever immortalized.
Blame can be cut any which way in this particular matter. One can postulate that because Deception is author William C. Deitz's first foray into the series, the errors can be attributed to that. The prior three books, written by one of Mass Effect 3's lead writers, Drew Karpyshyn, certainly have their own heavy amounts of lore. Lore that a lead writer would be intimately familiar with. We should be glad that BioWare is not content on sitting on their laurels and actively doing something to fix the novel, even though they let it be published.
BioWare's a company that does motivate writing and reading among its fan base, what with all the thorough and detailed codex entries in their games offering plenty of fictional history for fans to invest their minds in. Recently, Dragon Age lead writer, David Gaider, shared some tips for those who would write Dragon Age fan fiction. Chris Priestly, community coordinator at BioWare, took to the message board to share the plans on fixing the novel.
"Mass Effect fans have been asking for a comment on recent concerns over Mass Effect: Deception. We have been listening and have the below response on the issue.
The teams at Del Rey and BioWare would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the Mass Effect fans for any errors and oversights made in the recent novel Mass Effect: Deception. We are currently working on a number of changes that will appear in future editions of the novel.
We would like to thank all Mass Effect fans for their passion and dedication to this ever-growing world, and assure them that we are listening and taking this matter very seriously."
Whether or not owners who bought the erroneous novel in the first place will be getting a refund is unknown at this time, that's something the publisher will have to be in charge of. The Mass Effect universe is expansive and anyone is capable of making mistakes in regards to reciting lore or facts, though we are confused by the sheer amount of major errors that any casual fan or reader would have picked out. Deitz - and more importantly, fans - lose out in this case since his mistakes were published.
Outside of the novels, BioWare isn't done with the Mass Effect universe quite yet and they have hinted at possible prequel games that take place prior to Commander Shepard's valiant efforts to save the galaxy. Whatever the plans may be, we're all very excited to find out what's next.
Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
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